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Check the status of 32 planned developments throughout the region.

Date published: 2/16/2008



The exterior of the three-story Wilson Building at 915 Caroline St. has been mostly completed. Owner Joe Wilson is looking for a tenant for the 9,600 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. He’s hoping to attract a gourmet grocer. Wilson has sold the two residential condominiums on the second floor. He and his family will live on the third floor starting this summer. The other parts of the interior will be completed as desired by the new tenant and owners.

UMW’s Park & Shop

The University of Mary Washington’s real estate foundation recently bought the 21-acre Park & Shop shopping center on U.S. 1 in Fredericksburg for $18.75 million. UMW expects the foundation will spend $60 million to $100 million on the mixed-use project, which will take up to 10 years to complete. Up first is the construction of apartments for 350 to 400 students.


The plan: Wegmans Food Markets Inc. announced last June that it would open one of its high-end grocery stores in Celebrate Virginia South by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

Status: Site work has begun, and the building should start going up soon. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company is refining the floor plan, and construction should be finished by February, 2009.

Western Bypass link, Culpeper

The plan: Construct a 1.3-mile stretch of road from Ira Hoffman Lane to Sperryville Pike.

Status: About $7 million, almost the 70 percent required to start construction, has been acquired—mostly through revenue-sharing money—for the road. A VDOT design hearing was scheduled in October, then postponed. Should be held sometime early this year. VDOT says it could begin acquiring right of way later this year, with construction possible in 2009.

Wireless Internet for King George County

The plan: County officials have been planing to bring wireless Internet service into the county for about a year. A final contract between King George County and Virginia Broadband, dated Dec. 11, has yet to be signed.

Status: Officials recently made terms of a loan agreement with the company public, but a new closing date for the deal has not been set.


The plan: This Silver Cos. $100 million venture, which was to have opened next year, was envisioned as a place where people could shop at boutiques owned by retailers from around the world, watch cooking demonstrations and eat in ethnic restaurants.

Status: WorldStreet was put on hold last summer after it turned into a more massive endeavor than originally envisioned. Now the developer is talking with two companies about a similar project with a different mix of international vendors.

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