Botetourt supervisors approve withdrawal of apartment complex application

Botetourt County Apartment Application Withdrawal
Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 11:10 AM EDT
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DALEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors approved a request Tuesday from TPB Enterprises LLC (Thomas Builders of Virginia) to withdraw its application for a planned 300-unit apartment complex in Daleville; the approval was unanimous. That move removes the 6 p.m. agenda-listed public hearing about the project, but the Board of Supervisors voted to listen to residents on the topic during the 6 p.m. March 28 meeting.

In a statement March 25, 2023, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors Chair Dr. Mac Scothorn had this to say:

“I along with other Board of Supervisors members, believe it is important to listen to our citizens and their comments as they were unable to speak on this particular topic during the February 28th meeting. The basis of this was to allow the developer time (at their request) to make changes that they felt would have provided for a better project.

Once the final project was available, the BOS would have had the Public Hearing as is the process for land use topics. Since the project has been requested to be withdrawn by the Developer and the Board has unanimously accepted the withdrawal there will not be a public hearing at 6 pm. The BOS would still like to hear from the citizens, and I plan to allow a Public Comment period on the topic at the 6 pm March 28 BOS meeting.

The Public Comment period would not be a Public Hearing since there will be no project to discuss. Please reach out to any of your Board of Supervisors members if you have any questions. Our doors are always open to listening to our constituents, friends, and neighbors.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The developer of a planned 300-unit apartment complex in Daleville has asked to withdraw its application, according to Botetourt County. The application was scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors during the March 28, 2023 public hearing.

TPB Enterprises LLC (Thomas Builders of Virginia) submitted an application to the County for two special exception permits to construct the project, which was given a favorable recommendation by the County’s planning commission by a 3-2 vote in February 2023, according to Botetourt County. County consideration of the project was tabled by the Board of Supervisors February 28 at the request of Thomas Builders to allow the company time to consider improvements to the project. The company’s current request is to withdraw further consideration of the project by the County entirely.

“Given the company’s request to not move forward at this time, I would expect the withdrawal to be approved during the 2:00 pm Board of Supervisors meeting on March 28, 2023, and removed from the 6:00 pm Board of Supervisors agenda,” said Board of Supervisors Chair, Dr. Mac Scothorn. “Just like other projects, this has been a consistent application of land use process in Botetourt County.” The Board’s meeting starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenfield Administrative Center.

This most recent proposal from Thomas Builders would have been the fourth project undertaken by the company in Botetourt County. The company is already building a car wash and a building for retail lease in the Orchard Marketplace shopping center in Daleville, and has started demolition work to construct a 240-unit luxury apartment community on the former Howard Johnson’s motel site near Exit 150 off Interstate 81.

Daniel Cyrus of Thomas Builders said, “The Wellington project withdrawal will allow us to place focus on our other projects in Botetourt. We are already in the process of investing more than $50 million in Botetourt and are looking at additional investments in the future as we build projects and relationships in this wonderful community.”

“I think the withdrawal by the company is prudent,” said Amsterdam Supervisor Steve Clinton, who represents the Daleville area. “The company has several projects underway in Daleville and this withdrawal, frankly, gives time to absorb those projects.”