Planters Station developer eyeing Isle of Wight project?

Published 7:11 pm Monday, June 19, 2023

A subsidiary of the company developing Planters Station and Strawberry Landing in Suffolk may be planning another project – this time in Isle of Wight County.

According to land transfer records recorded in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court, Northampton Associates LLC purchased 180 acres along Benns Church Boulevard on May 15 for just over $1 million.

The land, currently zoned rural agricultural, is adjacent to the former Carrollton Econo Lodge – now Stonewood Inn & Suites – and across the street from the in-progress 776-home Benn’s Grant development.

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Northampton Associates LLC, according to Suffolk land transfer records, is connected with the 23-home Strawberry Landing community being developed in the northern end of the city by Suffolk-based Etheridge Construction. Etheridge is also the developer of the 222-home Planters Station community off Godwin Boulevard near Sentara Obici Hospital.

Etheridge did not immediately respond to The Smithfield Times’ requests for comments on the Isle of Wight purchase.

Isle of Wight County Community Development Director Amy Ring said her office, which handles rezoning and permit applications for new developments, hadn’t received anything in writing as of June 15 concerning the 180 acres purchased in May.

The 180 acres in Isle of Wight would also be located near a hospital. Across the street at the corner of Benns Church and Benn’s Grant boulevards is a 29.5-acre parcel owned by Riverside Health Systems. It will be the site of the 50-bed Riverside Smithfield Hospital, set to break ground in July and open by 2026.