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New city courthouse will displace businesses
A few businesses will have to find new homes due to the city's courthouse project


Date published: 9/23/2011

BY BILL FREEHLING

Fredericksburg's planned courthouse project will force some downtown businesses to find new office space.

Two local attorneys and Old Town Segway Tours have their offices at 707 Princess Anne St., which will be demolished for a 78,500-square-foot courthouse under the plan city officials announced Wednesday. The current home of the city's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 701 Princess Anne St. will also be demolished for the new facility.

First Choice Public-Private Partners, a design-build team that the city has selected to build the new courthouse, has an option to buy the building at 707 Princess Anne, said City Manager Beverly Cameron. The city already owns the property at 701 Princess Anne.

The building at 707 Princess Anne is owned by local attorney Thomas Savage and his wife. Savage, who also has his law practice in that structure, could not be reached for comment.

The other two business owners located there--Old Town Segway's John Moulton and attorney Timothy Barbrow--said they don't yet know where they will move. Both said they like their current location.

Moulton said he'd like to remain in a small space that's close to the Fredericksburg Visitor Center and that has room outside to train customers on riding Segways before the tours start.

Barbrow's plans depend on the results of a November election. He is running as an independent candidate to become Stafford County's next commonwealth's attorney. He will face Republican candidate Eric Olsen.

If victorious, Barbrow will work from a Stafford office. If not, he plans to look for another office space for his law practice in downtown Fredericksburg.

Cameron said the city would be happy to help the businesses at 707 Princess Anne relocate.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com