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Hearings for project, day care set

Members of the Farmville Town Council voted to set two public hearings for an apartment project and a day care center in town.

The hearing for the apartment project is set to take place during the council’s meeting Nov. 14.

The Farmville Town Council, during a meeting Aug. 8, voted to move the permit for further discussion to the planning commission.
Following a discussion, hearing and vote to recommend approval of the project by the Farmville Planning Commission Sept. 26, the town council will also hold a public hearing and vote on the apartment project.

The apartments would be targeted toward college students and professional tenants.

According to documentation from the Farmville Town Council, applicant Fred Pearson, of Walkerton, requested that the project be built adjacent to existing Parkview Gardens, which is an 80-unit, multi-family apartment community.

The apartments for the proposed project, according to Pearson, would be built to look like townhouses with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The property owned by Pearson consists of 6.66 acres and is currently zoned as Residential-3 for multi-family dwellings.

Pearson said the units would not be built right away. He said he expects to construct one building each year. Depending on whether or not the units sell, he said the number of buildings constucted per year could rise from one to two.

Council is also set to soon hold a public hearing for a proposed day care center to be operated at 503 Milnwood Road. The applicant, Melanie Adams, was the former clerk and payroll specialist with Prince Edward County Public Schools.

“This property is zoned Residential District R-1 and allows for day schools and kindergartens with a conditional use permit,” documentation from the town council meeting board packet cited.

The packet cited that the day care center at this time will only serve four children that are not the children of the owner, up to eight children. The owner has four children.

The applicant cited a barrier of trees and a reserved 20 foot area to the right of the house that would protect adjacent landowners from potential noise.

The applicant cited that the proposed day care is also located close to where the Heritage Weekday Education Center formerly met, which she said served approximately 40-50 children.