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What's the status of area projects? page 8
Some are on track, while others haven't left the station.


Date published: 3/4/2011

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—Bill Freehling

New YMCAs

The story so far: The Rappahannock Area YMCA has been planning to build branches in Caroline and North Stafford, but neither has been slated for construction.

Outlook: Those two projects are still on the local YMCA’s list of long-range plans, but there’s still no date for construction.

—Cathy Jett

QUANTICO EXPANSION

The story so far: In 2005 the Pentagon’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission decided to bring nearly 3,000 new jobs to Marine Corps Base Quantico by 2011. That required building a 718,000-square-foot structure on Telegraph Road in North Stafford.

Outlook: The $312 million project was completed in December. The five defense-related federal agencies that are moving in are expected to start arriving in the next few months and be completely moved in by Sept. 15. The new jobs are also leading to offshoot office and retail development in North Stafford.

—Bill Freehling

RIPKEN FIELDS

The story so far: The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation broke ground in August on a three-field youth baseball and softball complex off Wicklow Drive in Fredericksburg.

Outlook: The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this spring.

—Emily Battle

RIVERFRONT PARK

The story so far: Fredericksburg has planned for a riverfront park for decades. A few years ago, the city began buying land for a park on the riverfront at Sophia and Charlotte streets.

Outlook: The park débuted for last year’s Heritage Festival, and continues to host events. Council members have been seeking ways to increase its use.

—Emily Battle

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE VILLAGE

The story so far: Spotsylvania's Economic Development and Community Development Services offices and Department of Social Services moved into the mixed-use development’s Merchants Square Building last summer, and all the apartments in Buildings 120 and 240 have been rented. The Village also was the site of several special events, including a Civil War re-enactment and the county’s annual Christmas parade.

Outlook: This month Freedom Church Assembly of God will open on the first floor of the Merchants Square Building, and Harvest Market will open in Building 240. Spotsylvania Coffee House will open in Building 240 this spring. Developer W.J. Vakos Cos. will be seeking a rezoning for Phase II of the project this year, and will be announcing two tourism projects.


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