UPDATED: New Road Could Boost Development

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATED: The City Council in Staunton will apply for state transportation funding to build roads on Frontier Culture Museum property.

A proposed new road could lead to more development near the Frontier Culture Museum.

The public road would connect Augusta Woods Drive to Route 250, as well as Frontier Drive to Cochran Parkway, the road that leads to the Frontier Culture Museum.

John Avoli, the museum's executive director, said the road is a step toward developing the land between the museum and the highway; a proposition he calls a "win-win-win."

"It would create retail, some retail. Retail creates sales tax, property tax, lodging tax, whatever will go on the property. For the museum itself in the joint venture, it will give us funds to expand the museum, that's the whole purpose of it, and ultimately it will provide service to the city and county residents, as well as people coming up and down the 81 corridor," said Avoli.

He said the Staunton Planning Commission is hearing the proposal at its meeting and if it goes through, it'll be brought before the Staunton City Council Thursday night.

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