Spotsylvania Planning Commission Approves Commercial Development Across From Chancellorsville Battlefield
The Spotsylvania Planning Commission went against National Park Service recommendations in their November 18 meeting by approving a special use application for a store directly across from the Chancellorsville Battlefield in Spotsylvania County.
Alvin Esh wants to build a 9,000 square foot structure at 6150 Plank Rd. to house a store, bakery, dining area, and ice cream stand. Esh owns The Ole Country Store & Bakery on Rt. 29 south of Culpeper, and this would be a second location. His application now goes before the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors.
In a letter to the Spotsylvania Planning Commission, Park Service Historian Eric Mink said the store could open the door to other development in the area and change the character of the historic district.
Creekside subdivision resident Billy Braswell spoke against the store, saying he and his neighbors moved there for peace and quiet. “We bought homes to be away from homes and shops,” he said. “We paid more to live further west.”
Commission Chairman Robert Stuber said he thinks the store is a good fit and will employ more than 25 people.
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