A major residential and commercial project for U.S. 460 in Bedford,planned for the past four years, is facing its final hurdle beforethe county board of supervisors tonight. The board is set to hold a public hearing at its 7:30 p.m. meetingon a rezoning request for “Harmony,” a project thatproposes a mix of housing and business uses on U.S.
460 betweenWoodhaven Drive and Pony Acre Road. B&A Investors Inc. seeks to rezone the 49 acres that iscurrently vacant farmland from Agricultural Residential to PlannedDevelopment so construction can start. George Aznavorian of B&A, the developer who also led theDowntown Moneta project at Smith Mountain Lake, has said Harmonyhas potential to enhance economy activity in the west end of thecity of Bedford.
He also believes the neighborhood could meet ademand for apartments and keep business in Bedford that mayotherwise go to Roanoke or Lynchburg. Some critics have spoken out against the plan and say itdoesn”t fit in with the area”s rural nature. Concernsalso have centered on increased traffic, the housing market”sdecline and possible impacts on surrounding properties. The project would propose 55 single-family homes, 119 townhomes ora combination of 144 apartments and 71 townhomes in a”transitional residential area” and 48 apartments thatwould serve as upper level housing within the commercial area. Skin Rejuvenation Machine
The project would front U.S. 460 just west of the Woodhaven Driveintersection and would have acreage off the roadway; the overallsize is about 59 acres, with close to 10 acres in the city that donot require rezoning. The city would provide utilities. Though no announcements have been made about what specificcommercial uses would arise, Aznavorian”s application saidthat area is planned for a big box or grocer area as an”anchor store” with shops flanking that building. Face Lifting Machines Manufacturer
The two 10,000-square-feet commercial buildings are planned to havethree floors with commercial use on the ground floor andresidential use on upper floors, according to the application. The United States Army Corps of Engineers will use a portion of theproject that is not part of the rezoning or “the nature ofthe development” for a training facility, it states. The hearing tonight is set for the top floor of the countyadministration building at 122 East Main Street in Bedford. The board also will meet in a work session from 5 p.m. to 7 and isscheduled to discuss considering self-funded health insurance andthe county school system”s 2012-13 budget. Oxygen Therapy Machine Manufacturer
Three or more ofthe county school board members may attend that discussion, anotice posted on the schools” website states. To view the agenda, visit http://www.co.bedford.va.us and click on Board of Supervisors.