Apr 11, 2006

Kohl's, Old Navy, to join Lynchburg

by Alicia Wotring, Editor-in-Chief

Campbell County is ready to roll out the red carpet for Kohl’s, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less and a number of other stores that will be joining Wards Crossing West this October. The new shopping center is located near Liberty University off of Wards Road south of Target by the 460 West entrance ramp.
Compson Development, which is developing the land, has already started construction on the project. If all goes according to plan, Wards Crossing will be ready for a fall opening. 

“We anticipate to open the first phase in October, and that’s going to be a Kohl’s, a very popular college store called Old Navy and Ross,” said President of Compson Tom Comparato. 

Comparato said that after those stores open, there will be an additional 22,000 square feet of “a variety of convenience and hard goods, like books and music.” 

The county hopes that this project will be the first in a series of commercial developments for Campbell County. 

“Our anticipation is you’ll see continuous development that follows the 460 bypass all the way from the city limits to the county,” said Paul Harvey, director of Community Development for Campbell County.
Harvey expects the most development on a stretch of land from Wards Ferry Road to Leesville and Airport roads in the county. Compson plans to build an access road between Wards Ferry and Leesville that will be open in the spring of 2007. 

Liberty students are more than ready to welcome the change. 

“I’m very excited,” Liberty student Emily Allen said. “The closest Old Navy is in Roanoke, so it’ll be nice to have one close.” 

Though Comparato wouldn’t specify, he said Liberty students should “keep and eye out for an opening promotion.” The land Compson will build on covers nearly 35 acres of land on the Campbell County side and one acre of land in Lynchburg City. 

This past November the county and city reached an agreement that would create a special tax district for the shopping center. The tax district allows for higher property taxes in Wards Crossing that will be reinvested in the development of improvements such as access roads, said Harvey.

Contact Alicia Wotring at aawotring@liberty.edu.

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