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January 23, 2017

Walker Drive project discussion Tuesday night

The proposal calls for a movie theater, restaurants, shops, offices and apartments on 31.9 acres at the eastern edge of Warrenton.
Citizens on Tuesday night will have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed mixed-used development along Walker Drive in Warrenton.

The town planning commission will conduct a work session on the application at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Warrenton firehouse basement. Citizens may not speak during that session.

But, the applicants and their representatives, will conduct a half-hour discussion with citizens from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The 31.9-acre project site lies between Walker Drive and the Eastern Bypass. Academy Hill Road borders the property to the north and East Lee Street to the south.

Applicants/landowners Mike Forsten and Bill and Bob Springer seek town council approval for a “planned unit development” that would include a movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants, shops, offices and 116 apartments and/or condominiums.

The application could go to a public hearing before the planning commission in February. The commission will make a recommendation to the town council, which also will conduct a public hearing before deciding the matter.

The applicants in August conducted a meeting to discuss the project with citizens.

Tuesday’s 7 p.m. planning commission work session also will include a discussion of the town’s sign ordinance update.
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TooTrue · January 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm
Once upon a time we had a movie theater and a bowling alley in Warrenton. They did not make it even though they were located in much more appropriate commercial areas. Walker Drive already has way too much activity for a residential area and we don't need more in our back yards.
citizen observer · January 23, 2017 at 2:09 pm
So this is not a public hearing with Town officials. Save your energy for when it counts.
Sherry Reid- No one is against a bowling alley, movie theater, or upscale employment opportunities. It's all the additional residences people are worried about.
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