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Check the status of 32 planned developments throughout the region.
Late last year, Wisconsin-based Kalahari Resorts announced it would build a 710-room resort hotel and indoor/outdoor water park on 49 acres in Fredericksburg’s Celebrate Virginia. The company has said they’ll open by the end of 2009. The deal between the city and company involves tens of millions of dollars worth of tax breaks over the next 20 years.
Museum of the Confederacy
The plan: The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond is exploring the idea of expanding into a statewide system of museums. One of the proposed locations is near the Chancellorsville battlefield in Spotsylvania County.
Status: Museum President Waite Rawls is trying to build local support for the plan.
The Rappahannock Area YMCA, which has one branch in Spotsylvania County and one in Stafford County, plans three additional facilities. The banks providing financing urged the Y to stagger the projects to avoid overextension. The King George County branch is under construction and could open by Labor Day. The YMCA hopes to break ground in Caroline County late this year. The North Stafford project has been pushed to 2009.
The plan: Performa Entertainment, which revitalized Memphis’ famous Beale Street, announced in 2006 that it would build a 168,000-square-foot entertainment, retail and restaurant district focusing on the state’s history, music and culture in Celebrate Virginia South. It was slated to open this year.
Status: Performa Entertainment never closed on the 25 acres it had intended to buy in Celebrate Virginia South, and developer John Elkington is experiencing legal and financial trouble. The Silver Cos. is researching other possible uses for the site, according to Jud Honaker, the Silver Cos.’ president of commercial development.
Renovation of Wachovia Building
The building on Culpeper’s Main Street is being renovated by the county.
Status: Voter registration moved into first-floor offices in October, with the commissioner of the revenue's offices scheduled to move in either late this year or early next year.
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