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Planning Commission approves rezoning application for Kingsmill shops

The Village Shops at Kingsmill have been approved for redevelopment. Most of the shopping center is vacant, and an outdated directory shows several businesses that have closed in recent years. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
Most of the Village Shops at Kingsmill are vacant and an outdated directory shows several businesses that have closed in recent years. (WYDaily/ File photo)

The York County Planning Commission recently approved a rezoning application for the Village Shops at Kingsmill Shopping Center.

The applicant, Marlyn Development Corporation, wants to build an independent senior living facility at 1915 Pocahontas Trail off Route 60.

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Approximately 7.5 acres of land at the shopping center was rezoned from general business use to planned development residential.

“The General Business designation is intended to provide opportunities for retail and other commercial uses oriented primarily toward supplying goods or services for a community or regional market that need access to arterial highways,” according to the planning commission agenda’s description of the project. “The high intensity activity levels envisioned by this designation dictate that it be located with a full understanding of the potential impacts on adjacent residential and commercial development and traffic and circulation patterns.”

A screenshot of the proposed building rendering for the independent living senior apartments. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the York County Planning Commission)
A screenshot of the proposed building rendering for the independent living senior apartments. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the York County Planning Commission)

The four-story facility will have 150 units with a recreation area such as a courtyard, dog park and grilling stations as well as other amenities, including a hair salon, game room, exercise room and other common areas.

Several tenants remain in the shopping center and have made adjustments to the rezoning application.

One of them is Tom Trimble from the Trimble Collection, an art gallery known for art restoration and have made adjustments to the rezoning application.

While Trimble had hoped to stay at the location for another 25 years, he will relocate to the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center in August.

“The handwriting’s on the wall,” he said in a January interview. “It’s a done deal ––– York County would make 100 percent revenue then it would make off this shopping center.”

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While the Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning application, the revised resolution comes with some changes.

Twenty percent of the units will be income restricted, 50 percent of the area median income per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines, according to the resolution.

Each apartment will have an emergency pull cord monitored by a third party and the facility will have a standby power source for fire suppression, emergency lighting and one elevator as well as AEDs.

The Board of Supervisor will review the application on March 17.

Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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