If the proposed changes were approved, Redinger said, he still wouldn’t build a building like this without a tenant and a signed lease because it would be too expensive.
“We don’t need to build such a big building if a tenant doesn’t want it,” he said. “We just didn’t want to market these drug companies that maybe were too small for their needs. “
A community meeting was held last week at the 5th Avon Community Advisory Committee meeting, and area residents questioned the need to change the proposal.
ACC member Shawn Brydge said he believed the proposal “deviated considerably from what was originally intended.”
“I understand there had to be a pivot because of the COVID office space, but I think we’re slipping dangerously close to something we don’t want on this site, given the location and given the county guidelines for redeveloping this place, ”he said. noted.
Roger Johson, the county’s economic development director, said Redinger was working with local and state economic development officials.
“While Kyle goes about it financially alone, for the most part he doesn’t go it alone in terms of finding a suitable tenant,” Johnson said. “He had conversations, of which I am aware, not only with us, but with the Central Virginia Economic Development Partnership as well as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.”