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Date published: 1/15/2013

By Bill Freehling

Richmond developer buys Stafford parcel

A Richmond-based real estate developer last month purchased 4.3 acres in southern Stafford County where a Walgreens store is planned.

Area Development Group Inc. bought the land at the southeast corner of Cool Spring and White Oak roads for $2.2 million, according to Stafford property records. Local developer Malone Schooler sold the land.

Stafford officials are reviewing the site plan for the 14,550-square-foot building for Walgreens.

No building permit application has been submitted yet.

Lafayette Boulevard will get a fresh look

A group tasked with boosting Fredericksburg economic development is putting up $9,100 to help improve the look of the Lafayette Boulevard corridor.

The Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority on Monday allocated the funds to Staunton-based architecture firm Frazier Associates for a study of the Lafayette corridor between the river and the Blue and Gray Parkway.

The study will include specific design recommendations for three properties.

The work is expected to be done in the next two months, and a report will be made to the EDA this spring.

Frazier is now conducting a similar study, also paid for by the EDA, of the Princess Anne Street corridor between U.S. 1 and Fauquier Street.

Frazier performed a similar assessment along Caroline Street a couple of years ago. Several of the firm's recommendations for facade improvements have now been executed with assistance from the EDA.

City economic development officials have long envisioned new development and an improved look along the Princess Anne and Lafayette corridors, which are key gateways into downtown Fredericksburg.

--Bill Freehling

Food Lion hosts job fair in 'Burg today

Food Lion will host a job fair today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 1060 Hospitality Lane in Fredericksburg.

The company, which operates 1,100 supermarkets in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, is seeking applicants for about 250 full-time and part-time positions in the Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia regions.

The jobs include customer service and store support positions such as department managers, department associates and sales associates, as well as specialty positions such as meat cutters and cake decorators.

Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume.

Candidates can also apply online at foodlion.com/ careers.

--Edie Gross

Oracle releases patch to fix Java problem


--Oracle says it has released a fix for the flaw in its Java software that raised an alarm from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week.

Late Thursday, the federal agency recommended that Internet users disable Java software in Web browsers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

Oracle says the patch was released Sunday. The company recommends that users update Java immediately. The patch sets Java's default security level to "high" so it prompts users and gives them a chance to decline malicious software before it loads onto their computers.