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An update on the status of various projects in the Fredericksburg area

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Date published: 3/4/2010

IT'S TIME for our yearly reality check on big plans you've read about over the year throughout the area.

It could be a lot worse. Despite the weakness of the national economy, many projects in the Fredericksburg area are moving along quite well.

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, the region's third hospital, will takes its first patient on May 24. The area around the Quantico Marine Corps Base stands ready to capitalize on the thousands of new BRAC-generated jobs headed for the base by September of 2011. The Village at Towne Centre at Spotsylvania Towne Centre is expecting a host of new tenants, including the Muvico/Splitsville entertainment complex.

It isn't all good news, of course. See: National Slavery Museum. See: Unfunded or underfunded road projects. Even in this economy, though, there's plenty to cheer about.

APARTMENTS AT CELEBRATE VIRGINIA SOUTH

The story so far: South Carolina-based Johnson Development Associates Inc. has submitted plans for a 232-unit luxury apartment community in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia South. The Haven at Celebrate Virginia would sit on 13.5 acres behind the Virginia Credit Union.

Outlook: The land's PD-C zoning requires Johnson Development to get a special-use permit for the residential project. No more than 10 percent of the 541-acre Celebrate Virginia South complex can be residential. Fredericksburg's Planning Department has been reviewing the application, and it could come before the city's Planning Commission later this month.

CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL

The story so far: The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has been working with area youth through schools, parks departments and sheriff's offices for several years to teach life lessons through sports. The foundation has proposed to build a multi-field baseball and softball complex off Wicklow Drive, near Fredericksburg's Bragg Hill neighborhood.

Outlook: The money is there to build the first phase of this project, including a $1 million matching grant from local philanthropist Doris Buffett, and plans to break ground in April. Construction is expected to take about six months.

CELEBRATE VIRGINIA LIVE

The story so far: The concert series held its first season in 2009, on an empty piece of property in back of the Celebrate Virginia development. Heavy rains hurt attendance at some concerts, but organizers were encouraged enough to plan for second season.


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APARTMENTS AT CELEBRATE VIRGINIA SOUTH

PLANS SUBMITTED END OF MARCH REVIEW POSSIBLE

CELEBRATE VIRGINIA LIVE

RETURNS SUMMER 2010

CITY COURTHOUSE

2014

COBBLESTONE SQUARE

ON HOLD INDEFINITELY

COSNER'S CORNER EAST

OFFICE PARK BUILT, MORE LAND SOLD, I-95 BRIDGE 4/2010

CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL

BREAKING GROUND IN APRIL

COWAN BOULEVARD PROJECT

IN PROGRESS

CROW'S NEST

IMPROVEMENTS MADE, NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC, NEEDS ADDITIONAL FUNDING

FALL HILL AVE.

NO CONSTRUCTION DATE

FALMOUTH INTERCHANGE

ENGINEERING UNDER WAY, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS FEB. 2014

FORMER FREDERICKSBURG HARDWARE

PRESALE OF TOWNHOMES, THE REST IN PROGRESS

FREE LANCE-STAR PRODUCTION PLANT

UP AND RUNNING

HARRISON ROAD CONNECTOR

NO SCHEDULED DATE

HARRIS TEETER CENTER IN KING GEORGE

OCT. 15 EXTENDED DEADLINE

UMW'S EAGLE VILLAGE/ANDERSON CENTER

FIRST PHASE: SUMMER ANDERSON CENTER: JAN. 2011

I-95 PROJECTS

STAFFORD: NO MONEY WELCOME CENTER: STUDY FINISHED IN SPRING 2010 SPOTSY: STUDY TO BE DONE SUMMER/FALL

J BRIAN'S BACKYARD

OPEN IN APRIL

KALAHARI RESORT

SEARCHING FOR FINANCING

MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY

PROCESS IS MOVING SLOWLY

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS

NEW GALLERIES OPEN IN JUNE

KG GREENHOUSE PROJECT

COULD OPEN END OF 2010

NATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM

ALL OPERATIONS HAVE CEASED

QUANTICO EXPANSION

CONSTRUCTION DONE IN 2010

RIVERFRONT PARK

INTERIM VERSION IN PROGRESS

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE VILLAGE

MOSTLY DONE AND LEASED; MORE APARTMENTS IN MARCH

SPOTSYLVANIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

FIRST PATIENT MAY 24

SPOTSYLVANIA TOWNE CENTRE'S VILLAGE AT THE TOWNE CENTRE

NEW STORES AND RESTAURANTS OPENING SOON

STAFFORD SENIOR HOUSING AND HEALTHCARE SITE

NURSING CENTER: LATE 2010; OTHER CONSTRUCTION TO COME

TOWN CENTER AT AQUIA

REDEVELOPMENT SLOWED DUE TO CREDIT CRISIS

NEW YMCAs

NO DATE FOR CONSTRUCTION