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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is opposing a proposed industrial megasite in Chesterfield County.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Cox and Sen. Amanda Chase criticized the megasite proposal last week.

The two Republicans are joining a chorus of residents who have opposed putting a large industrial site near residential neighborhoods.

County officials are hoping to entice a large automotive or aerospace manufacturer to a 1,700-acre (700-hectare) site at the southern end of the suburban Richmond county.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced plans for the site last year before leaving office.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com