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Chesterfield Neighborhood Only Ones Responsible for Public Road Payments

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Residents of the Magnolia Green neighborhood are the only ones paying for major upgrades on some busy public roads. Now, the furious and frustrated people are demanding answers from county leaders.

It's part of an agreement the developer entered into with the county years ago and people who live here aren't happy.

"Why should I pay more?" says resident Stephen Hellmuth. "I think everybody wants more explanation."

In a meeting with county leaders Tuesday, they learned it all boils down to the developer of Magnolia Green.

Back in 2007, the developer entered into what's called a "community development authority," where the landowners are required to pay a portion of infrastructure costs.

In this case, those costs will widen Otterdale and Woolridge Roads.

"They have the option of either paying that all at once up front or paying it over time,"

Up front, each landowner pays around $7,000. Monthly payments are $55 to $65 for 30 years.

"I remember when I bought my house that the sales person made mention that this something that's way down the road," says one resident.

"I remember hearing a little bit about it. It wasn't explained in detail," another says.

Regardless, people have to pay. But some say there may be long term consequences.

"Maybe we need some different supervisors here. I'm sure that the 1000 people that are probably gonna be in this community can give our supervisor a run seeing he only won by a 1000 votes last time."

Construction on this project is slated to begin in the spring or summer of 2015. If all goes as planned, it should be complete by winter of 2016.

 

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