$2.2M financial gift to be considered at special called meeting in Abingdon

A special called meeting Monday morning in Abingdon, Virginia is just the next step as the town is making way for a new retail development center.

The plan calls for rezoning farm land off Interstate 81 at exit 17 on Green Spring Road to make way for a new Food City grocery store and other retail space.

Abingdon Mayor Edward Morgan said the next step is approving a financial gift of more than 2.2 million dollars from K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. in order to purchase the property.

“A site plan has to be approved for both portions of the property by our planning commission and I anticipate there will be a lot of discussion and input about that. There is also various land disturbance permits that have to be obtained regarding this and the full build out of the property is probably 2-3 years down the line,” Morgan said.

While developers have said it’s a prime location for businesses, through this process many rallied to stop the project.

People have said it’s too close to the Virginia Creeper Trial, a popular hiking and biking trail that runs very close to the land.

A group called Friends of Abingdon said they still plan to pursue legal action in this case.

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