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Jordan House demise?

By Diana McFarland

Staff writer


Several proffer changes are being proposed for the Benn’s Grant mixed-use development, including deleting the requirement to restore the Charles Driver Jordan House.

Instead, it’s being proposed that materials from the house be salvaged and used in conjunction with a memorial dedicated to the house within the development, according to a staff report.

Another change being proposed is removing much of the “Traditional Neighborhood Design” or “New Urbanism” housing design in the residential portion of the development and replace it with the more common front-loading garage arrangement.

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A sign of the times

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

A Smithfield Town Council candidate said her signs were removed from public areas when others remained.

Town Council candidate Vivian Evans said some of her signs had been removed from the corners at the Route 10 bypass and Main Street intersection, a VDOT right-of-way.

Evans also said in one location another candidate’s sign — she declined to name the location or the candidate’s name on the sign — stayed when hers was removed.

Evans chalked it up to a mistake and put her sign back next to the other, presuming that its location was in fact legal.

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 Owners offered the Jordan House and a lot to put it on, but had no takers. 
 

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