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Store appears a go in Orange THE COALITION page 2
It looks like Wal-Mart will be approved for Orange

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Date published: 1/12/2009

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A condition of its offer was that the county not act on any development proposals in the study area (the Route 3 corridor between Wilderness Run and Vaucluse Road and east to the Rapidan River) until the study was completed.

Charles "Chip" King, whose family owns 2,000 acres on the north side of Route 3 and has planned Wilderness Crossing, a 900-acre mixed-use development there, has been meeting with preservation groups and the representatives from the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to develop an alternative route from Route 20 to Route 3.

King has hoped to have Wal-Mart locate in the Wilderness Crossing development to shield it from view from Route 3 and to expedite traffic into the larger development area.

Although traffic from routes 3 and 20 into the Wal-Mart site (between the existing Wachovia Bank and 7-Eleven) would further degrade that intersection, Wal-Mart officials have not been part of the discussions between King and the coalition. Sources say that Wal-Mart officials have recently been contacted, however, and have agreed to discuss the situation with King, Orange County officials and members of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition and the National Park Service.

The present intersection is failing, according to officials of the Virginia Department of Transportation, who have to approve a traffic-impact analysis from Wal-Mart before the county can grant a special-use permit for the store.

According to County Administrator Bill Rolfe, Wal-Mart's application for a special-use permit (required for retail construction larger than 60,000 square feet) will be subject to administrative review this month.

A public hearing on Wal-Mart's application will be held before the county Planning Commission in March. A public hearing before the Board of Supervisors is expected in April or May.

Robin Knepper: 540/972-5701
Email: rknepper@earthlink.net


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The members of the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition are: Central Virginia Battlefields Trust; Civil War Preservation Trust; Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields; Friends of Wilderness Battlefield; National Coalition for History; National Parks Conservation Association; National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Piedmont Environmental Council.