CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The vacant Sears at Greenbrier Mall will stay that way for the near future. A developer has withdrawn plans to turn the sprawling former department store into a gambling parlor, hotel and entertainment complex.
Chesapeake City Council was slated to vote on the controversial proposal this Tuesday after the idea was debated for months in front of the Planning Commission. However, within the last two weeks, the property owner, Seritage Growth Properties, notified city staff they no longer would be looking to move forward.
From the get-go city, planners warned the development would likely result in a significant increase in traffic in the area. As result — the Colonial Downs Group that hoped to open a Rosie’s Gaming Emporium on the ground floor — offered up $15 million for road improvements in the area.