Apollo Project discussed at public hearing

Prince William County residents gathered in the hundreds to voice their opinions about a proposed new project, during a public hearing held Tuesday night.
Citizens gathered for many items on the agenda, but one of the most controversial was the Apollo project.
It proposes one hundred town houses, a self-storage facility, retail shops, and office spaces all south of the intersection at Hoadly Road and Prince William Parkway, in Woodbridge, Va.
The construction would occupy 25 acres of land in the area surrounding the Harris Teeter shopping center.
Improvements to the intersection between Apollo Drive and Hoadly Road are required, in addition to left turning lanes and constructing the missing link between Ridgefield Village Drive and Prince William Parkway.
Supporters think it will add more amenities to the growing community and also want to take advantage of proffers that would contribute money to schools, emergency services, and other county necessities.
“Mostly, I approve this project because it will reset our architectural and greenery standards to a level our community deserves,” said a representative from the Clearbrook Foundation.
Those against it said they were concerned about more overcrowding in schools in the district where the townhouses would be built–not to mention an increase in traffic.
“Considering these existing serious problems, common sense and commitment to parents, children, and teachers dictate that the Apollo Project not be approved,” remarked Doug Widener, a representative from the Citizen Alliance of Prince William County.  
Dozens of citizens lined up to voice their opinions on the subject in support or against it. By nine in the evening, many speakers were still waiting to voice their thoughts.
Prince William County Board Supervisors will approve or disapprove the rezoning of the land, from agricultural and planned business district to general business, light industrial, and residential use.
We will continue to update you with more information as it is made available.

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