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Construction of improvements to Sliding Hill Road between Atlee Station Road and New Ashcake Road should be substantially complete by the end of this month (December).
As of December 2, the contractor is finishing up final paving and striping, followed by final seeding and clean-up throughout the project. Some checklist items could remain but at that point the project will be essentially complete for public use. Bad weather could impact schedules but the project remains on schedule.
In addition to widening Sliding Hill Road between Atlee Station Road and New Ashcake Road, the project includes other improvements such as adding sidewalks and bicycle paths and upgrading traffic signals at Atlee Station Road, Kings Charter Drive and Air Park Road.
The old General District Court building has been renovated for county office space and renamed the Martha Ann Fields Building. The move-ins of various departments were completed this week.
On the ground floor as you walk in the front door are Parks & Recreation and Human Resources. The Assessor’s Office and General Services are located on the second floor. Additional staff from the Department of Public Works (including the traffic engineer, airport manager and chief of solid waste operations among others) and Building Inspection fields operations personnel are located on the ground floor.
All phone numbers and email addresses are unchanged.
The Martha Ann Fields Building is located in the courthouse government complex at 7515 Library Drive, to the immediate east of the Hanover Branch Library. It is beside the Chenault-Weems Building, which is the former Circuit Court Building renovated to become the home of financial departments two years ago.
The building was dedicated by the Board of Supervisors in October. Martha Ann Fields was an enslaved woman who escaped from the property with her children during the Civil War. A number of her descendants joined the Board of Supervisors and county staff in the observance.
Hanover County hold a citizen information meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, to present preliminary plans for the proposed widening of Pole Green Rd between Bell Creek Road and Rural Point Road. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in the Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, Va.
Since Hanover County recognizes COVID-19 restrictions on the number of people who can gather in person, the meeting also will be live-streamed. When the meeting goes live that night, you will be able to view it at the following link: https://hanovercova.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=388&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
Because in person attendance at the meeting is limited due to COVID-19 protocols, seating must be reserved in advance. Seating will be assigned on a priority basis to property owners abutting the project, on a first come basis for those wishing to attend. There are 20 spaces available. Anyone who attends will be required to wear a mask at all times. To reserve a seat, please call the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6176.
Questions and comments are invited prior to and following the meeting and every effort will be made during the presentation to address questions received prior to the meeting. Questions and comments can be submitted to email@example.com, or mailed to the Department of Public Works, P.O. Box 470, Hanover, VA 23069. Please reference “Pole Green Rd Widening” in all correspondence.
For those attending the meeting in person, comments can be submitted in writing on note cards distributed at the meeting. Anyone who is unable to view the meeting online or attend in person and would like to discuss the project further can contact the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6176 to arrange to meet virtually or in person.
The purpose of this meeting is to present the preliminary design including the road alignment, storm water management, intersection layouts and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations early in the development of the project to allow the public to have early input in the design process.
A diagram of the preliminary road alignment and other exhibits can be viewed on the Department of Public Works web page under “Quick Links” at the following link: https://www.hanovercounty.gov/816/Roads-and-Transportation
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority is building a $91 million headquarters complex, expected to open next year.
The 40-acre property will include a 315,000 square foot warehouse and a 95,000 square foot office building that will provide the workspaces for approximately 500 employees.
According to the ABC Authority marketing department, the project is on schedule and tracking to submit a request for a Certificate of Occupancy from the County by June of next year. Virginia ABC plans to operate out of the new facility in time for the 2021 holiday season.
Zoning approved by the Board of Supervisors last year also permitted fast-food restaurants, gas or convenience stores and other retail uses on part of the site. This property is located within one of the County’s Economic Development Zones.
As part of the May 2019 zoning, the state will make several traffic improvements on Pole Green Road, including constructing a continuous “Green T” intersection at AMF Drive/Pole Green Road/Antique Lane.
The state also agreed to make a cash contribution of about $800,000 to go towards improvements to Pole Green Road.
Hanover County has long planned to widen Pole Green Road between Bell Creek Road and Rural Point Road. A community information meeting will be held on October 27 at 7 p.m. For more information on how to participate in that meeting read here.
Not all homes in Hanover County have access to reliable internet service and the county government has taken a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the problem.
Partnering with Comcast and CenturyLink, the County has applied for millions of dollars in grant funding through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI). Hanover and Comcast are seeking $6.37 million from VATI to serve as many as 1,307 customers in the Rockville and Old Church areas. Hanover and CenturyLink are seeking $1 million from VATI to serve as many as 515 customers in the Doswell and Gum Tree areas. The providers and Hanover County have also committed to funding support should these applications be approved.
The letters from Hanover County and the grant applications can be read at https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/vati
Grant recipients are expected to be announced in December by the Department of Housing and Community Development, which oversees the VATI grant program.
The Board of Supervisors has also accepted over $18 million in CARES Act funds that are being solely administered by the county government. The local government is using this CARES Act funding to establish public wireless internet access at public buildings.
This program includes placing wireless access points at up to 10 locations across the County with public access to internet services. Hanover County is a member of the Pamunkey Regional Library. The Library has a full digital literacy program that includes providing public wireless, mobile hotspots, and other mobile services (printing, etc.). Hanover County Public Schools will be providing an on-line educational program that includes issuance of devices to all students in grades 3-12 and to all teachers. Schools will also provide complete web-based educational services.
In July, the County developed a survey tool that allows citizens to run an internet speed test and report that data to the County. For respondents who live within areas included in the VATI grant applications filed in August 2020, this information was included in the application. However, citizens who do not live in the grant areas also are invited to participate as it would provide additional information to the County and to internet service providers.
Click here to access the survey tool.
The Board of Supervisors has appointed a Citizens Broadband Advisory Committee to develop practical solutions for addressing the needs of residents throughout the county. This committee’s work was interrupted by the COVID-19 but they have resumed meeting again, and are expected to bring a report back to the Board in later this year or in 2021.
“We will be finalizing additional longer term plans and commitments by the end of the year,” said John A. Budesky, County Administrator. “Reliable broadband options will require substantial investment from the private sector and the County is committed to leveraging our resources and to access State and Federal funding opportunities to meet the needs of our residents.”
More information and background on this issue can be read here.
Luck Companies has opened a new airplane hangar at the Hanover County Airport. The milestone is the culmination of a four-year partnership between Luck Companies and Hanover County to build a permanent location for Luck Companies’ Aviation Department, which is responsible for transporting Luck Companies’ associates across the company’s expanding footprint throughout the Southeast. Luck Companies is the parent company of the nation’s largest family owned and operated producer of high-quality crushed stone, sand and gravel.
Luck Companies began its search for a new airplane hangar in 2016 when they embarked upon a company expansion. After operating for nearly 30 years out of Coffman Field at the company’s Rockville Plant, they acquired a new aircraft to better serve business operations and began leasing hangar space at Hanover County Airport in 2017. The convenient location, accommodating nature of the team and their plans for expansion revealed the benefits of a more long-term partnership.
“Luck Companies is the ideal anchor tenant for the expansion of Hanover County Airport, a nearly 100-year-old company with deep roots in central Virginia and a big vision for the future,” said Mike Flagg, Director of the Hanover County Department of Public Works. “We’re happy to have them here, and proud to have their first-class facility set the standard as we start construction on the new terminal this fall.”
The next major improvement at the Hanover County Airport will be the construction of a new terminal building on the east side of the Airport, near the Luck Companies hangar. The Virginia Department of Aviation recently announced it would provide nearly $2 million in funding for the construction of a new terminal building. Construction on this building could begin later this month.
The Hanover County Municipal Airport is a General Aviation Reliever airport owned and operated by Hanover County Virginia since 1969. The airport serves recreational and business aviation traffic and accommodates small single engine planes up to mid-size corporate jets. Currently, 106 aircraft are based at the Hanover Airport. The Virginia Department of Aviation estimates that the Hanover airport has a positive economic impact of over $29 million annually to Hanover County. The master plan for the airport was approved by the Board of Supervisors and the Federal Aviation Administration in 2002.
All improvements identified in the master plan are designed to increase safety for flyers and area residents and support long-term business investments for economic benefit of citizens. No changes in the use of the airport or the type of aircraft served are planned.
These buildings are called The Shoppes at Rutland Place and several tenants are expected. One, Morrison Dental, is already present while Jersey Mike’s Subs is under construction.
Two Richmond-based restaurants, PBR (Pizza & Beer of Richmond) and Charred Wood Fired Oven and Craft Bar, have announced that they plan to be part of this project as well. Charred is described as a new restaurant concept from the owners of Social 52 in the Fan District. PBR is located on Cary Street downtown. Another anticipated future tenant of The Shoppes at Rutland Place is Sports Clips Haircuts.
According to a representative of Cushman & Wakefield/Thalhimer, marketing the property, construction on the restaurants could start soon if permits are received and they could be open in the spring.
Many residents of adjacent neighborhoods have struggled through reduced cell phone coverage since the former tower on the property of New Highland Baptist Church was badly damaged by a fire several weeks ago. This tower was not owned or operated by the County. Verizon Wireless has filed an application for a Special Exception to place a temporary tower on the Church property. The temporary tower is expected to be in place for one to two years, while the former bell tower structure is demolished and a new bell tower is constructed.
Per Verizon’s plan, this is one step in a multi-step process which began with the placement of a temporary communication tower vehicle. Just this week, that vehicle was replaced with a COW (Cellular on Wheels). The COW is expected to provide enhanced service from that which was provided by the truck tower. The tower which is the subject of the Special Exception application will consist of a monopole structure. It will be 110 feet in height, and will again further enhance telecommunication services to the area. A public hearing on this Special Exception permit is scheduled to be held by the Board of Supervisors on August 26; public hearings begin at 7 p.m.
Hanover County and Verizon Wireless have worked very closely to ensure that all permits are submitted and processed as fast as possible. The community’s patience is appreciated as Verizon works towards restoring service to the area.
Hanover began outsourcing the processing of county bills 20 years ago to save taxpayers money. To align with our current banking service contract, bills are now mailed directly to the processing center. This reduces the processing time to 3 to 5 business days. The current contract saves about $32,000 annually in various fees.
Taxpayers can always pay their bills in person at the Treasurer's Office at Hanover Courthouse and can pay personal property and real estate bills online via
To invite wireless internet providers into the county, Hanover County created an incentive-based rate structure for use of its communications towers. It currently has a memorandum of understanding with one company about leasing space on its communications towers and serving county residents in rural areas in both the eastern and western sides of the County, and that work is underway.
Hanover County does not provide internet services but encourages all providers to offer these services to residents and businesses throughout the county.