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Learn about the proposed apartments

It’s important that those who live in Farmville that could be impacted by the proposed 195-bed five-story student housing complex planned for one acre of property at the intersection of High and Appomattox streets keep an open mind regarding the proposal — which is what the project is.

For the proposal to become a reality, there are several steps the developer must take, which include the public and action by those who represent us on both the town’s planning commission and town council.

“There’s going to be a series of public hearings,” said Town Manager Gerald Spates, noting the conditional use permit and density requirement associated with the project would have to be considered by both the commission and council.

“More than anything, the sensitivity to the town, to the university, to the neighborhood is at the forefront at the approach of our design,” said Chris Phillips, who works with Thompson & Litton, the architectural and engineering firm associated with the project. He called the sensitivity factors “very important.”

Developer Mike Kelley said project leaders have met with Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV, noting developers have taken their time on the project and have spent time getting to know the community. “What’s right for the community is what’s right for me,” said Kelley.

We’re impressed with the sensitivity shown to the community by project leaders — a matter that’s being taken seriously.

Those who live, work and play in Farmville are guaranteed a role in this process.

Before the hearings are set, it’s our hope that citizens, along with members of the town council and planning commission, will seek to understand and learn more about the details of the project before making up their minds as to whether or not the complex should be constructed.