Proposed $290M mixed-use community development not coming to Lakeside

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Plans for a multi-million dollar development to replace a Lakeside recreation center have been taken off the table, Henrico County’s Director of Recreation and Parks Neil Luther told 8News on Tuesday.  

8News had reported on Monday that the Belmont Community Development proposed a $290 million mixed-use community that would have taken the place of the Belmont Golf Course and Recreation Center. 

The proposed plan included an amphitheater, an outdoor education center, a hotel and conference center, and space for businesses, offices and housing. 

8News spoke with Rebecca Card, a Lakeside resident who has called Terrace Avenue and Lakeside her home for three years. 

“A beautiful neighborhood,” said Card. “It’s very quiet. There’s no crime. I’ve never had a package stolen off my stoop. No one’s ever broken into my car.” 

Card lives next to the Belmont Golf Course and Recreation Center and says she enjoys how the area looks.

“How beautiful the golf course looks at the end of my street,” Card told 8News. Card shared her displeasure with the idea of bringing the development to replace the Belmont Golf Course. 

“I feel like I would sell my house and move. I did not move to this area to be a part of a big conglomerate or commercial area. And it just makes me very upset and sad to think that would happen,” she said. 

The Lakeside proposal was only one of six proposals submitted to Henrico County as part of the county’s request for bids to build an indoor arena they would own but could lease to other organizations.

“I don’t want to look down there and see a complex of buildings or people running around. People trying to find parking,” Card said. 

A proposed site for the development is the Richmond Raceway, a plan that makes sense to Card. 

“They have a lot of land,” said Card. “They have a lot of resources already, a lot of parking already put in.” 

Neil Luther, the county’s Director of Recreation and Parks, told 8News the county manager will review all the proposals before any decision is made to proceed.  

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