Stone Port May Grow

Developers Seek OK For Adjacent Properties To Join Development

Posted: August 30, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A local developer has begun the process of rezoning four small parcels at the edge of a major commercial development southeast of the city.

Stoneleigh Investments LLC, the company behind the 105-acre Stone Port mixed-use development near Port Republic and Stone Springs roads, is asking Rockingham County to rezone lots totaling about 3 acres so they can be part of the larger project.

The company is asking that the parcels’ zoning be changed from agricultural to business.

A public hearing on the request is scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting of the Rockingham County Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m.

Two of the parcels proposed for rezoning are on Ridgedale Road.

The remaining lots, on a now-closed section of Ridgedale, back up to the section of the development slated to be occupied by an as-yet unnamed grocery store.

“They’ll be developed once we get the Southeast Connector open,” Ted Budd, one of Stoneleigh’s owners, said this week of the four lots. “They’ll likely be office space or a hotel site.”

The connector, an east-west Harrisonburg bypass, bisects the development.

Budd said work on the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits is progressing well and he expects the restaurant to be open by the end of September, if not sooner.

Miami-based Frazier Development, which has a contract for four lots, apparently is close to finalizing a deal with the grocery anchor for the complex.

Budd said he hoped that that tenant would be announced “fairly quickly.”

Aside from the grocer, he said remaining tenant announcements likely wouldn’t come until the spring, a few months after the Southeast Connector is completed.

That project remains on schedule to open in November.

“Most of our deals are tied to that being open,” Budd said. “Then things are going to be popping.”

Contact Vic Bradshaw at 574-6279 or vbradshaw@dnronline.com



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