• Panel Backs Mauzy Rezoning

    Wednesday, September 05, 2018

    HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County planners have no concern with breathing new life into a longtime Mauzy business.
    The Planning Commission backed a request to rezone the Shoppes at Mauzy property during its meeting on Tuesday.


    No one spoke against the proposal during a hearing before the vote.


    The Shoppes at Mauzy, which has operated out of the building since 1999, is an antique and general store. Its current owners, John and Sylvia Crumpacker, are retiring, according to the shop's Facebook page, and the shop will close in mid- to late October.


    The new owner, Lauren Arbogast, plans to operate a similar business out of the property along U.S. 11 near Interstate 81's Exit 257.


    The property needed to be rezoned from agriculture to business to continue operating.


    The main building on the 3-acre property was used as a stagecoach inn during the 1800s, according to county documents, and staff recommended approval because the proposal preserves the structure.


    "Through the past 200 years, the purpose and vibrancy of this property has certainly ridden the roller coaster of time," Arbogast said. "But the location continues to offer ideal opportunity to be a positive landmark for Rockingham County.


    Arbogast said the store will include retail, beverage and food sales, a coffee shop and a small event space.


    The rezoning request prohibits a fast food restaurant, gas station and bank.


    The Virginia Department of Transportation indicated in county documents that the proposal would not have significant traffic impact. VDOT says an unpaved entrance must be eliminated and all access should come from a paved entrance.


    In other business, the commission backed a request for Lakeview Golf Course to rezone 1.6 acre to expand its pro shop. Lakeview President John Kidd said the addition will be 14 feet by 15 feet.
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