New James City community center

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James City County has contracted a project-design group to develop (for public use) the 322 acres of unused land owned by the Eastern State Hospital. The Crossroads Project Steering Committee, which also played a part in the New Town Development, completed a blueprint for the area last month. Plans for a town center, retirement community and elementary school are pending. Currently, the Eastern State Hospital facilities are placed on only the eastern side of the property, giving developers much room to plan new building sites. The Crossroads group is hoping the abstract blueprint for the hospital will help hasten the land-use planning.