Communication error forces Scottsville Town Council to postpone public hearing
SCOTTSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Scottsville Town Council has postponed a decision regarding an apartment complex project that could almost double the town's population.
Town council members ultimately decided to postpone Monday’s public hearing because of an error in notification to the public and council members. However, they did hold a public forum where most in attendance spoke on the project.
It was standing room only at Monday night's meeting. Many came out to talk about this highly discussed proposal, but the hearing on the actual redevelopment has been pushed to a later date.
The proposed project would redevelop a site that used to be a tire factory. The building has been vacant for more than a decade. Now a Virginia-based historic property redevelopment firm, Echelon Resources, has proposed turning the site into apartments and commercial space.
It would create more than 200 new apartment units, a number that could double the town's population. During a general public forum, many spoke out about the proposal and the decision to postpone the hearing and vote.
"What I am asking is for all of you to commit to a timetable so that every person in this room who wanted to be heard, can be heard," said one resident.
"I want y'all to remember, you are elected officials. You need to represent us and not yourself," said another.
There are mixed feelings about the proposal. Some say it's good for the economy and others are against the increased traffic the proposed project would bring.
A new date for a public hearing has not yet been set.