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Kalahari package passes

Date published: 4/23/2008


City resident Kitty Farley wondered whether that was an appropriate image for one of the city's biggest gateways.

"This monstrous video sign will be located very near our new visitor center, built in the colonial style, suggestive of Virginia's historic plantations," she said. "A video sign of this size will visually blight the scenic entryway to Virginia, Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock River."

Councilman George Solley said he shared that concern, and Dixon said he wasn't even sure state road regulations would allow such a sign to be built on an interstate.

But both said that Kalahari is such an important project, and the negotiations have gone on so long, that it was time to take a vote.

Dixon said he wished the council could have voted last night on the performance agreement that will govern the incentives--the final measure they have left to approve involving Kalahari's incentives, and one that will come up at council's May 13 meeting.

After eight months of deliberations by the council, Dixon said, "The Continental Congress was able to form the United States of America in less time, for goodness sakes."

Emily Battle: 540/374-5413
Email: ebattle@freelancestar.com

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