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Check the status of 32 planned developments throughout the region.

Date published: 2/16/2008

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The plan: A permit was awarded by the state in August 2006 to HCA for a 126-bed acute-care hospital at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Interstate 95, to be completed in 2009.

Status: HCA officials will have to hurry if they want to open when promised. Land clearing did not begin until September 2007, which could push the opening to 2010.

SPOTSYLVANIA TOWNE CENTRE

The plan: Spotsylvania County’s Board of Supervisors in 2005 approved $18.1 million in grants to help spur $92 million in improvements to Spotsylvania Mall and $40 million in new and better roads by Cafaro Co. of Youngstown, Ohio.

Status: Renovation of the mall, renamed Spotsylvania Towne Centre, is basically complete, and work has started on the the lifestyle center. Drawings for improvements to Harrison Road are about 60 percent complete, and should go to the Virginia Department of Transportation for first review by the end of the month. Plans for a high-end grocery may be pulled due to lack of space.

STAFFORD HOSPITAL CENTER

The plan: A permit was awarded by the state in August 2006 to MediCorp Health System for a 100-bed acute-care hospital near the courthouse to be completed in 2009.

Status: Construction is on budget and on time. The opening is projected for March 2009.

STAFFORD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Roanoke developer Smith/Packett Med–Com wants to build a retirement community on Berea Church Road off U.S. 17 in Stafford County. The community would include areas within the 22-acre complex for active-adult condominiums, independent-living apartments, assisted-living units and a nursing home. The Stafford Planning Commission is considering the project.

STATE FAIR

The plan: State Fair officials bought 348 acres in southern Caroline County in 2003. At the time, they talked about holding the fair at its new home as early as 2006; the event is currently held at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Status: Now, the earliest it will open at The Meadow, birthplace of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, is 2009.

STATE ROUTE 630/I–95 INTERCHANGE

The plan: The state is setting aside money to reconstruct this Interstate 95 exit, which will provide a vital link to the county's government buildings and new Stafford Hospital Center on U.S. 1.

Status: Construction hasn’t started.


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