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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Around these parts, nothing sparks civic engagement like big-box development. Tonight, around 400 people packed the gym at the Hollymead Elementary School to hear developers and Albemarle planners discuss plans for the massive Hollymead Town Center and North Pointe developments. Attendees of the meeting, which was arranged by County Supervisor Ken Boyd, politely applauded each developer’s speech, prompting Steve Runkle, who has a share in Hollymead, to remark, “This is the first time I’ve ever heard a crowd clap for a group of developers.” But the meeting wasn’t a lovefest, as concerned residents grilled the presenters over the developments’ likely additions to transportation, water supply and environmental woes along 29N.