Hanover Movie Theater Project Pushed Back Another Month

HANOVER (WRIC) –  After months of fighting plans to build a new movie theater in their neighborhood, Hanover County residents are back to square one waiting on county leaders to make up their minds.

More than two months ago county leaders deferred a vote.

They wanted results on a study to see how traffic would impact the area.

Wednesday night, they did the same thing again and deferred the meeting for another month.

But protestors were surprisingly optimistic.

Almost everyone who showed up was there for one thing – a decision on the movie theater project.

When the board announced the people will have to come back four weeks from now, all the people got up and left.

But some were surprisingly not angry.

“I am actually thrilled that it has been differed,” said one resident. “The point that we have been trying to make since June and especially in more recent months is that the county has not done due diligence.”

Due diligence on a developer who wants to build a movie theater on Mechanicsville Turnpike and Sugen Court.

But all along, protesters have been saying – if approved – the 12 screen 2,500 screen theater would bring crime to their quiet neighborhood and way too much traffic.

“On a daily basis people have to change their driving rounds to avoid the intersections at times. On Friday nights when there are football games, it's simply impossible to navigate the area. “

And it seems like board members are listening to at least one of the concerns.

Wednesday night's meeting was pushed off as leaders wait for the results of a traffic study.

The issue will be back on the agenda on December 11.


Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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