Fluvanna County announced last week that construction is underway on a water and sewer system project in Zion Crossroads. The project will service about four miles of the area along U.S. 250 and Route 15 and is meant to pave the way for future business development.
“It’s safe to say that this has been in the works for decades,” Fluvanna County Economic Development Coordinator Bryan Rothamel said. “We’re happy that it’s now underway.”
The project provides important utilities that ultimately facilitate future business development along the 250/Zion Crossroads corridor that doesn’t exist today, according to Rothamel.
“We hope that with these kinds of facilities, we can attract industrial and commercial businesses to the area, grow our business community and add jobs,” Rothamel said.
There are three parts of the project that will be built simultaneously: the water and sewer pipelines, the water booster pump station and wastewater pump station and an elevated storage tank. The pipelines will be installed by Fluvanna-based A.G. Dillard, Inc. The pump stations are being constructed by Sargeant Corporation from Ashland and a Georgia-based company will build the storage tanks.
“I believe this is a great opportunity to attract high-quality businesses to the area that won’t put a drain on the services provided by the county,” said Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce President Rudy Garcia. “What I mean by that is companies that are self-sufficient, like IT-companies or call centers.
Although it is not clear what companies might come to Zion Crossraods in the near future, Garcia hopes to see a mix of industrial, commercial and hospitality focused entities.
Garcia feels Fluvanna County as a whole is welcoming to new businesses, because the process of starting or moving a business there is easier than in surrounding counties.
“In my opinion the process is more streamlined and not as layered as in Henrico, Hanover, or Albemarle. It’s more complicated there. In Fluvanna, a proposal comes before the planning committee, the Board of Supervisors and that’s it.”
Garcia hopes that, in time, the water and sewer project will ultimately add 1,500 jobs to the area.
“That’s what I would like to see happen in the next seven to 10 years. At the same time, I also think it’s important to note that a change like that doesn’t happen overnight. This project is important for the economic development of Zion Crossroads, but it will take time until we see the results.”
The project is slated to be completed by October 31, 2020. Residents are asked to be alert for crews working along the Route 250 and Route 15 corridor while construction is occurring. Work on the project is to be performed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Informational town hall meetings about the project are scheduled for April 23 at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Troy and April 25 at the Fluvanna County Community Center in Fork Union. Both meetings are at 6:30 p.m.