Luck Stone is hoping to turn a 385-acre site in northern Dinwiddie County, Va., into its 17th stone quarry in that state. The company is proposing to use nearly 200 acres of the land for the quarry operation. It would represent a $25 million investment when the operation reaches full production and could employ more than 100 people.
Luck Stone has applied for a special use permit from the county to mine stone on the property. The mining would take place on a 97.4-acre extraction site on the backside of the property. In addition to the extraction site, there would be a 82.7-acre neighboring processing facility.
The company has also requested that a concrete and asphalt plant be allowed to set up shop on an 18.8-acre area in order to increase productivity.
More than 40 percent of the property would remain open space. There would be 41.9 acres of buffer on the left side of the property, and 80.9 acres on the right.
The company already has the land under contract and a zoning application has been submitted to the county. “This is a significant step, but it is the first step,” said Ben Thompson, Luck Stone Companies land use development director.
Before their plans go in front of the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors, the company held a community meeting to field ideas about what the rest of the property could be used for. The land, which was privately held and used for timber cultivation, is located about two miles south of the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 460 at the end of Frontage Road.