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Date published: 11/1/2012

By Bill Freehling

Summerfield in city heading to hearing

The portion of the proposed Summerfield subdivision that is in Fredericksburg will be before the city's Planning Commission on Nov. 14.

A public hearing will be held that night on plans for 68 townhouses on about 15 acres not far from the intersection of U.S. 1 and Hudgins Road near Kingswood.

Marion E. Hicks owns the land where Summerfield is proposed.

Plans for Summerfield also call for 84 single-family homes and 23 townhouses on the Spotsylvania County side.

Hicks' efforts to develop the Spotsylvania side of the land have been mired in controversy. The former Spotsylvania supervisor has asked the county to reduce the proffers he must pay, but so far those requests have been denied. Hicks won't be able to ask again until this coming March.

Spotsylvania's Planning Commission approved the preliminary plat for that portion of Summerfield in August.

Stafford glass firm making investment

A Stafford County plant that fabricates and distributes glass products is investing in about $100,000 worth of equipment, which could ultimately create a couple of dozen new jobs.

Hawkins Architectural Products, which is at 35 Venture Drive near Stafford Hospital, will add the equipment for its insulated glass line early next year, said branch manager Don Power. The company hopes to pick up business that could lead to a second shift and another 25 or so jobs. About 45 people currently work at the 40,000-square-foot facility.

Hawkins fabricates and distributes a variety of glass products used in residential and commercial construction, such as windows and shower doors.

Colorado-based private equity firm Grey Mountain Partners purchased the Stafford-based flat-glass and acrylic product business earlier this year from Hawkins Glass Wholesalers LLC.

--Bill Freehling