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Date published: 11/13/2012

By Bill Freehling

Founder of travel firm honored in New York

A woman who 40 years ago started a travel agency in Spotsylvania County that is now one of the largest U.S. companies in that field was honored in New York City on Friday with a lifetime achievement award.

Gloria Bohan, founder and CEO of Omega World Travel, was among those honored at the ninth-annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Bohan started the company in 1972 in a building at the intersection of Bragg Road and State Route 3, where Omega World Travel continues to have an office. The company's headquarters are now in Fairfax. Omega now has annual sales revenues of more than $1 billion and more than 1,000 employees.

The Stevie Awards recognize female executives, entrepreneurs and the organizations they run.

Rezoning applied for near Cosner's Corner

A pair of local businessmen have applied to rezone a 5-acre parcel across U.S. 1 from Cosner's Corner in Spotsylvania County.

Jay Jarrell and John Hetrick want to have the land at 10108 Jefferson Davis Highway rezoned from industrial to commercial. That would allow a potential user such as a fast-food restaurant or bank to develop a facility there.

The land is next to a Rite Aid store and near a Wawa station. Because of wetlands, just three-quarters of an acre would be developed. The maximum building size that would be allowed under the new zoning would be 18,600 square feet.

Jarrell said most of the companies that have inquired about the land have needed the commercial zoning to move forward. No deals are in place for now.

Lakeside town houses to get started soon

Site work on the 100-unit Lakeside town house development in Spotsylvania County could begin in January, said Hazel Land Cos. CEO Steve Norair.

A site plan for Hazel's residential project was filed last month with Spotsylvania's Planning Department.

Lakeside will be built on a 19.4-acre property next to the new Goodwill Community Resource Center in the Lee's Hill Commercial Center. Spotsylvania supervisors rezoned the property from commercial to residential earlier this year after a similar request was rejected the year prior.

Norair said the Lakeside grand opening could be late next summer. The three-story town houses will be built in phases, with no more than 50 constructed in a year.

--Bill Freehling