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New retail center coming to Midlothian

2-building day care center to anchor development

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Work on a new retail center in Midlothian could begin as soon as this summer.

The development, which Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors approved Wednesday, is on the southeast corner of North Woolridge Road and Charter Colony Parkway and will be anchored by a two-building day care center.

Jonathan Ridout, senior project manager with HHHunt Communities, said Friday that his company is close to finalizing an agreement with the center.

The center is looking for two buildings — one 15,000 square feet and another 8,000 square feet — at the rear of the site to accommodate students.

A third building, about 10,000 square feet, would come later when a tenant is found.

Ridout expects to submit site plans for the center within 45 days and, if all goes well, begin work this summer.

If everything stays on schedule, the day care center could open early next year.

Ridout said developers want to find something such as a small restaurant, bank or drug store for that space that’s complementary to the day care center.

“There’s lots of different types of uses that would make great ancillary use of the day care. The thing is, they’re going to have so many kids they have a captive audience of people coming each day.”

Midlothian District Supervisor Daniel A. Gecker said at Wednesday’s meeting that all the uses being considered would be beneficial to the nearby neighborhoods.

But one neighbor testified that an ATM associated with a bank could bring crime and that extending the hours of operation until 11 p.m. would bring an unwanted element.

A Chesterfield police officer told the supervisors that there were no indications that an ATM would create a crime problem.

Supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning.

LLLovio@timesdispatch.com (804) 649-6348 Twitter: @LouisLLovio

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