Friday, January 27, 2023

York County supes approve new bingo hall

The new bingo hall will be in the Palace Plaza shopping center. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)
The new bingo hall will be in the Palace Plaza shopping center. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)

A new bingo hall is coming to York County in the future.

During a recent York County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board recommended for approval a special use permit to the Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter 4548 to allow for a 2,400-square-foot bingo hall within the Palace Plaza shopping center.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international nonprofit that raises money for a variety of different charities, according to the organization’s website.

The hall will be in an existing retail space, but it will remove a conjoining wall between two parts of the space, according to documents from the county.

Already in the shopping center, built in 1999, is a church, hookah lounge and a variety of office, retail and restaurant locations. Surrounding the area are a church, private school, retail shop and hotel, documents said. 

Once open, the hall will be allowed to operate between 3 and 9 p.m. on Sundays and then 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

There was concern from staff about the traffic impact the bingo hall would have, according to documents. With the surrounding businesses and residences, staff thought it would be important to consider the potential disturbance of those occupants by the late-night activity in the bingo hall.

There are 111 parking spaces at the shopping center already. However, because the area was developed as a “retail center” and not a “shopping center,” requirements for parking are evaluated on each individual tenant rather than overall square footage.

It was estimated based on the Institute of Transportation Engineers Trip Generation manual that a bingo hall that holds approximately 120 guests would generate about 91 outgoing vehicle trips and eight incoming trips during the peak hour.

Those estimates are very general because of the lack of data for the location. As a result, staff decided to limit the permit to one year, at which the potential parking and traffic impacts could be evaluated and the permit could be renewed.

Kevin Mallory, a member of the organization, said in an email the plans are not “set in stone” and that there still need to be other approvals before moving forward.

Alexa Doiron
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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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