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What's the status of area projects? page 6
Some are on track, while others haven't left the station.

Date published: 3/4/2011


It includes construction of two reversible HOV/HOT lanes for nine miles from State Route 610/Garrisonville Road in Stafford to State Route 234 in Dumfries, where the existing HOV lanes begin. Construction could begin as early as the 2012 construction season, and will take up to three years to complete.

VDOT is also advancing studies to support the eventual extension of HOV/HOT lanes on I–95 south into Spotsylvania.

—Cathy Jett


The story so far: Kalahari Resorts’ plans for a huge $260 million water-park resort and convention center in Fredericksburg’s Celebrate Virginia South were announced in November 2007, which ended up being right before financial markets around the world crumbled.

Outlook: Since then, Wisconsin-based Kalahari has scoured the globe looking for affordable project financing, but the company hasn’t found any terms that it finds acceptable.

The resort is currently in a holding pattern, though company owner Todd Nelson says he is still committed to the project.

—Bill Freehling


The story so far: In January 2010, Pennsylvania-based Toigo Orchards was awarded a $1 million federal grant to build a generator that would pipe steam heat from the King George Landfill into a now-vacant 45-acre greenhouse complex.

The $19.1 million project would create more than 100 full-time jobs and allow Toigo to grow organic tomatoes and other vegetables at the greenhouse near the Birchwood power plant off State Route 3.

Outlook: There have been few updates about the project since it was announced in early 2010. An affiliate of General Electric co-owns the Birchwood plant and the greenhouse. Birchwood business manager Julie Caiafa says progress continues to be made on the sale of the greenhouse to Toigo, but provided no details.

—Bill Freehling


The story so far: Construction has started on King George Gateway, a regional shopping center adjacent to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. It will include a Walmart Supercenter, an AutoZone, a Quiznos and a Verizon Wireless store. The shopping center could eventually have up to 300,000 square feet of retail space.

Outlook: The tentative opening date for the Walmart Supercenter is Aug. 17, and negotiations are under way for a bank, an extended-stay hotel and a Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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