Planning commission votes on outlet mall road

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Planning commissioners have paved the way for a new road to a proposed outlet mall in Norfolk.

The road would be named Lake Wright Boulevard and would connect Northampton Boulevard to the proposed mall. The mall would sit where the Lake Wright Golf Course used to be, right at the Virginia Beach City line.

The Virginia Beach Planning Commission voted 9-1, saying the new road fit into Virginia Beach’s plan for the area.

Virginia Beach staff have said they didn’t recommend the new road because it didn’t mesh with the existing plan for the Burton Station area. They talked about extending Wesleyan Drive into the proposed mall toward Miller Store Road.

The commission heard from several supporters of what would be a new road between Burton Station and Wesleyan Drive. Some said it made the most sense for traffic in the area.

Edward Bourdon, a lawyer representing mall developer Simon Property Group, said the new road would not cost the city of Virginia Beach anything. He said city council will have an opportunity to talk about the road, too.

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