UPDATE: Battle over Brandon Avenue development continues in Roanoke

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UPDATE 6:46 a.m. (10/12/21): Four years after a proposal for a new housing complex along Brandon Avenue was struck down by the Roanoke City Council, the developers are taking another swing at it.

The newest proposal would add 54 apartments and 15 townhomes near Brandon Avenue.

A former member of the Roanoke City Council, John Garland, says the newly-submitted plan did the exact opposite of what hundreds of residents wanted.

“They did not make any changes at all from what was done last time,” said Garland. “In fact, they made it worse, because last time, it was only apartments, did not have townhouses. Now it’s more, and they’re putting those townhouses on land that they said before that they were willing to make into land conservatories, so it’s almost like a slap in the face.”

Despite a petition with nearly 600 signatures from city residents, the Roanoke Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation of the plan to the Roanoke City Council, who will have the final say.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke’s Planning Commission is set to hold a public hearing Monday afternoon for a proposed development on Brandon Avenue SW.

Right now, the property is vacant, but developers want to build a 54-unit apartment complex and 15 townhomes there.

You can watch the hearing live at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 on Facebook:

In addition, you can read the agenda, as well as the various applications submitted to the commission, for Monday’s public hearing by clicking here.

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