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Date published: 6/5/2012

By Bill Freehling


The Southpoint Drive building is now being painted, and Coldwell Banker Elite's Realtors and other staff will move by July 1.

This past November, Breen and his wife also purchased (for $675,000) the building where Coldwell Banker Elite's office on Bragg Road in Spotsylvania is located. He plans to add about 2,000 square feet to that 4,200-square-foot space.

Breen also owns Coldwell Banker Elite's largest office in Stafford County, and leases the firm's smaller offices in Prince William County and Locust Grove.

Fitness studio in city expanding in building

A personal training studio in downtown Fredericksburg is expanding.

Green Fitness is taking over the main floor of the building at 1122 Caroline St. near the library. Garrett Green currently runs the business out of the building's basement.

The expansion will give Green, a former YMCA personal trainer who started the business about 21/2 years ago, almost 2,000 square feet of space to run the studio. That's about double the current capacity. He has hired two trainers, Chris McAuliff and Pamela Brown, and plans to open in the new space July 2.

Green's mother owns the downtown building, which also includes four apartments on the top floors. His father, Graham Green III, who died in a 2006 plane crash near Stafford Regional Airport, formerly ran Green and Associates Realty there.

Green will add rubber floors in the new space so as not to ruin the century-old hardwood. His business offers an array of appointment-based private and group personal training focusing on core strength, sports conditioning and rehabilitation. Green also coaches tennis.

--Bill Freehling

Columbia Gas adjusts customers' gas costs

Columbia Gas of Virginia customers will see their monthly bills increase slightly in June, compared with the current level, but average bills will remain more than 7 percent lower than in June 2011.

The typical monthly customer bill will be a seasonal monthly amount of $37.16, compared with $40.00 at the same time last summer--a 7.1 percent reduction--but up from the $35.68 average customer bill in May 2012.

This comparison is based on a 23 Ccf seasonal monthly summer usage level. Ccf is the measurement used for natural gas usage and is the equivalent of 100 cubic feet.

"The continued value realized by our customers reflects the abundance of reliable domestically-produced natural gas which is keeping the cost of natural gas at the lowest level in recent years," said Carl Levander, Columbia's president, in a prepared statement.

Columbia's gas costs are typically adjusted on a quarterly basis to reflect the price the company pays for natural gas, which by law is passed on dollar-for-dollar to customers without markup or profit.

--Columbia Gas

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