Stonefield Developer Faces Lawsuit in Albemarle Circuit Court
Two neighboring shopping centers are battling it out in court over stormwater runoff. Testimony continued late into the afternoon Wednesday in Albemarle Circuit Court.
Pepsi Bottling Company and Sequel Investors based in the Seminole Square Shopping Center filed the lawsuit against EDENS, the company developing the Shops at Stonefield across Route 29. The biggest issue is over a runoff pipe.
EDENS received approval from both the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to build a 72-inch pipe, but Seminole Square stakeholders say they never were notified or approved construction on their land. They also say the area can only handle water from the smaller pipe in place, claiming the added runoff could potentially overflow their treatment basin and cause water to cover Route 29.
Seminole Square owners say it could also jeopardize construction projects on and around their property, including the anticipated extension of Hillsdale Drive. They say in order to complete the construction, the size of the basin needs to be reduced.
Another point of contention is the new Costco set to be built on the Shops at Stonefield property that could also affect water runoff.
Seminole Square stakeholders are currently asking that EDENS pay for the status quo, meaning they would just cover construction to accommodate their added runoff.
The case will pick back up Thursday morning in Albemarle Circuit Court.
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