The Lynchburg City Council has voted to approve the rezoning of a property on Old Graves Mill Road to accommodate a new apartment complex.
The developer, Maddox and Son Construction, is planning to build an apartment complex on a 12-acre lot with nearly 250 units. Maddox and Son asked the council for the property to be rezoned from an to accommodate more people living there.
But while some business owners expressed support for the project, several neighbors asked the council to vote against the rezoning, raising concerns over issues like traffic in the area and noise during the construction process.
“This is not a construction of a home that’s turned in 90 days,” said Darrell Slayton, who lives in the neighborhood. “This is going to go on – it could go on for two years. It’s going to be all day, at least five days a week, equipment noise.”
“Anytime you change zoning, there’s people that can get upset, or it can also bring tax revenue to the city,” said Jeff Helgeson, a Lynchburg city council member who voted in favor of the rezoning. “The developers I know are going to make a turning lane in the middle. They’re going to help provide some housing.”
The rezoning amendment passed with a 5-2 vote. Council members like Helgeson voting for the project said they liked the developer’s plans to add features like a fence along the property line and a turning lane.
The developer said construction is expected to start in the spring and should take about one and a half to two years.