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Press Release claims Mount Airy Crossing Development Would Bring Millions of Dollars in Economic Benefits to Mount Airy Community

Mount Airy Councilwoman Lynne Galletti offers her thoughts on the initial pre-concept sketch plan for a mixed-use development to Pleasants Development Vice President Clark Wagner on Day 1 of the three-day charrette.

All photos and information in this article was provided in a press release from Apollo Communications (https://www.apollo-pr.com/)

The planned Mount Airy Crossing mixed-use community will generate more than $225 millionin economic impact over the life of the project, including nearly $14 million in direct revenues to the Town of Mount Airy, according to a recent fiscal impact study.

Pleasants Development, which has proposed the Mount Airy Crossing development to be built on a 91-acre tract of land along Route 27, commissioned the fiscal impact report to help town officials and residents more fully understand the fiscal benefits of the project on the local economy.

The analysis was conducted by Maryland-based independent public finance consulting firm MuniCap Inc. and posted to the Mount Airy Crossing website. MuniCap is a registered municipal advisor and has been assisting local governments with the financial impacts of growth management, economic development and redevelopment for over 25 years.

Pleasants Development Senior Vice President Jerry Connelly discusses proposed changes to the mixed-use development with Mount Airy residents on Day 3, following feedback received during the charrette.

Mount Airy Crossing would bring a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood to the Mount Airy community. As planned, the development would offer a blend of senior housing, single-family homes and boutique shopping and dining options, along with more than 25 acres of parks and open space.

“The Mount Airy Crossing development will bring significant economic benefits to the Town of Mount Airy as well as the residents, businesses and taxpayers of the town,” said Pleasants Development Vice President Clark Wagner. “We encourage everyone to review the study to better understand how our project will bring new jobs, new customers andan economic boost to Mount Airy.”

Among the projected benefits of the Mount Airy Crossing project cited in the fiscal impact analysis are:

  • More than $225 million in direct and indirect economic output, representing the total value of the project at full buildout.
  • More than $132 million in construction income from a total of more than 2,000 construction jobs.
  • Nearly $20 million in direct and indirect permanent employment impact from an estimated 482 jobs.
  • Nearly $14 million in revenues from one-time impact/permit fees to the Town of Mount Airy. This represents $1.39 million paid annually over a 10-year buildout period.
  • More than $545,000 in gross annual tax revenues at full buildout, representing a 9% increase over current revenues.
  • Roughly $190,000 in net annual revenues at full buildout.

“These are substantial economic benefits that will help the town and those who live and work in Mount Airy,” Wagner said. “And, importantly, we’ll be filling a critical need in the community for high-quality senior housing.”

Mount Airy community members are invited to review and provide input on the Mount Airy Crossing pre-concept sketch plan during a two-day public hearing to be held at the American Legion Gold Star Post 191, 801 Prospect Road. The hearing will be held from 6 to 9:15 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 27 and from 1 to 4:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30.

For more information on the project and to review the fiscal impact study, visit MountAiryCrossing.com.


Additional detail provided:

just a reminder that the Town of Mount Airy is hosting a two-day public hearing on the pre-concept sketch plan for Mount Airy Crossing this week, with the first occurring tonight from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the American Legion Gold Star Post 191, 801 Prospect Road. The second day of the hearing will from 1 to 4:15 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 30. As you may recall, we held a three-day design charrette earlier this spring on the initial pre-concept sketch plan for the project. See below for photos from that event. The public hearings this week will focus on the revised plan that was developed as a result of the charrette. See attached for a high-resolution image of the current pre-concept sketch plan for Mount Airy Crossing, which will be the focus of the public hearings this week.

As always, visit MountAiryCrossing.com for more information.


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