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Colonial Williamsburg Submits Application for New Archaeology Center

(WYDaily Media)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) has submitted an application package to the Williamsburg City Planning Commission for a new archaeology center.

The hearing will take place at the monthly planning commission meeting scheduled for Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

The first part of the request, PCR#21-015, is to rezone 1.86 acres from the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area to Museum Support located at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the lot to the north, 202 West Francis Street, to be combined into the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The second part of the request, PCR#21-016, is a request for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District to accommodate the construction of the Colin G. & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeology Center (CAC), also located at 400 South Nassau Street.

If approved, the expansion project will showcase a large portion of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have museum-grade climate control artifact processing space, artifact accessioning and analysis labs, and documentation labs as well as research office and meeting space.

Additionally, the design for the proposed Archaeology Center features guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways to public restrooms.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has a five-year plan to create a new lot in the Botetourt/Lafayette Street area to provide an additional 469 parking spaces for guests and visitors.

WYDaily will continue to keep you up-to-date as this story develops.

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