Jun 10, 2024 - News

Chesterfield County wants residents to weigh in on Midlothian Turnpike improvements

A very old looking shopping center that says Burford Center

Buford is one of the many aging strip malls the county wants to spruce up. Image: Courtesy of Chesterfield County Planning Department

Change is afoot along one of the busiest and long neglected stretches of Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County.

Why it matters: The county wants residents to weigh in on the future of the eastern portion of Route 60, the four-mile stretch of Midlothian Turnpike between Chippenham Parkway and Johnston-Willis Hospital.

The big picture: Chesterfield is growing, by a lot. The region's most populous county added more than 23,000 residents just between 2020 and 2023, and is expected to keep on growing.

  • New commercial and residential development is already happening along the western part of Midlothian, and last year the county started work on its massive Springline at District 60 development, the most eastern part.
  • But it's that middle stretch that needs attention, currently populated with circa 1970s and '80s strip malls, office parks and little else.

Zoom in: With a new, more comprehensive plan for that four-mile strip, Chesterfield is hoping to build on the momentum it's seeing to the east and west and "spur additional reinvestment" to the existing properties, per the county.

  • Bike and pedestrian enhancements, transit-oriented development, better landscaping, more green space and building design recommendations are among the improvements the county is considering.

What's next: The survey will be open until 5pm on June 21.

  • A public review of draft plans will be available by next spring.

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