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Less fury, furor over asphalt plant plans

Less fury, furor over asphalt plant plans – Fewer citizens turn out this time.

Although hundreds turned out earlier this year to oppose an asphalt plant proposed in the middle of their Glenvar neighborhood, only about 70 attended Monday night’s informational meeting about a different location closer to the Montgomery County line.

But at least one resident believes the opposition is still there – only with fewer nearby residents to express their concerns.

Roanoke County sponsored the Oct. 12 community meeting at Glenvar Middle School for citizens to get a look at plans and ask questions of representatives from Foxhall Properties. Foxhall is a holding company for Adams Construction that applied to the county for a special exception to build an asphalt plant  near Dixie Caverns on 17 rural acres already zoned industrial I-2, and owned by Appalachian Power on Peaceful Drive.

The land is close to the Western Virginia Regional Jail and the Roanoke River. The latter proximity is a concern for outspoken resident Henry Bryant, who believes a future flood might cause asphalt to pollute the river.

“I’m against the asphalt plant, of course, for numerous reasons. I don’t think Adams is a bad company but this is a bad decision. I’ve seen that site flood,” said Bryant, who lives with his wife, Debora, in a house he bought more than 25 years ago on Stoneskeep Lane.

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