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Spotsylvania County Community Guide

Spotsylvania County overview

Spotsylvania County, with an estimated population of 125,684 as of 2012, is touted as a great place to live, work and shop..

While it has many subdivisions, it also has experienced commercial growth in the past decade - namely the Village at Towne Centre and Harrison Crossing off State Route 3, and Southpoint II and Cosner's Corner off U.S. 1 in Massaponax.

Like other nearby localities, Spotsylvania's economy is largely driven by federal government and contracting jobs. But the addition of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in 2010 did add high-paying local jobs

From 2000 to 2012, the county's population has increased by 39 percent.

Residential growth has slowed, but demand appears to be picking up. In 2013 alone, the county Board of Supervisors rezoned land for four developments with a total of 2,634 housing units.

The supervisors also approved Dominion Raceway, which is scheduled to open in Thornburg in 2015.

In addition to homes and shopping centers, Spotsylvania has picturesque Civil War battlefields, wineries and Lake Anna State Park.

Spotsylvania County Schools

Spotsylvania County Schools currently have 23,773 students enrolled in the division.  

That number is expected to rise by nearly 50 students during the 2014-15 school year, and by another 300 in the 2015-16 academic year.  

Of the current enrollment total, 10,861 students attend class in Spotsylvania at the elementary level, 5,531 at the middle school level and 7,381 attend high school in the county.   

The majority of the projected increase is expected at the elementary and high school levels.   

These increases are based on new housing projects that are expected to come online in those years, primarily in the eastern an southern portions of the county.   

This anticipated increase in enrollment is a departure from projections in recent years, when enrollment was stagnant or declining.   

Don Upperco, executive director of operations at Spotsylvania schools, attributes the increase to the recovering housing market.  He said the schools he expects to be most affected by the growth are Massaponax High School and Cedar Forest, Riverview and Wilderness elementary schools.  

Those schools are already close to capacity. However, before any talks about new schools begin, Upperco said the division will study how best to use space at other existing buildings.   

He said as new communities pop up and schools reach capacity, new transportation needs will also have to be considered. 

Spotsylvania County Transportation

Here are some major transportation projects in the works and planned for Spotsylvania County:

U.S. 1, Harrison Road Intersection: The estimated $22 million project will add turn lanes to U.S. 1 and Harrison Road at the oft-congested intersection. Construction is expected to start in early 2016. The completion is slated for late 2017.

U.S. 1, Mudd Tavern Road Intersection: Left-turn lanes will be added on U.S. 1 to improve safety and traffic flow. The right-turn lanes also will be lengthened. The estimated $5.9 million project will be advertised for construction in December. This project is near the planned Dominion Raceway, a 160-acre race track development off I–95 that is expected to open in early 2015.

Mudd Tavern Road Bridge: The span over I–95 will be replaced with a new structure expanded to four lanes. The estimated $6 million project could go to bidding in 2018, with completion set for 2020.

Spotsylvania’s Virginia Railway Express Station: The new station will be built in the Crossroads Industrial Park off U.S. 17. The station will include a 1,500-space parking lot. A companion project will add a third track from the station to the area near the Fredericksburg train station. As of December 2013, the county had yet to procure the property for the station, which was originally expected to open in December. The opening has been pushed back to the spring of 2014.

Gordon Road Commuter Lot: This $9.2 million project will add 500 spaces to the lot. Work has not begun, and there is not completion date.

Spotsylvania County Growth & Real Estate

Nearly all of the growth in Spotsylvania during the housing boom occurred in the northern part of the county between State Route 3 and Gordon and Courthouse roads.

Those landscapes are now dotted with suburban-style communities. A secondary growth area is along U.S. 1 and 17 in the area of the Cosner’s Corner shopping center, Germanna Community College and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

The Virginia Railway Express will begin offering service to this area in 2014, promising to further accelerate the growth. There are early efforts to create a downtown Spotsylvania in the courthouse area, though for now there are just a small number of residents living there.

Spotsylvania also includes high-dollar waterfront houses along Lake Anna in the southern part of the county. Much of the southern half of the county remains rural.

Spotsylvania County Business

Spotsylvania County’s retail centers are clustered around State Route 3 -- including Spotsylvania Towne Centre and Harrison Crossing -- and U.S. 1 -- including Cosner’s Corner and Southpoint I and II.

The county, which has more taxable sales than any other locality in the region, benefits from its proximity to the city of Fredericksburg and its lower costs compared with counties to the north along Interstate 95.

A major growth area for the county is clustered around the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, near where the Virginia Railway Express will soon start offering commuter service. Germanna Community College has one of its main campuses in that area, and there are already a large number of residential developments and retail centers.

A new potential driver for the county’s economy is the Dominion Raceway, an automotive race track off I-95 in the Thornburg area that should open in time for the 2015 racing season.

The county also benefits from recreational opportunities at Lake Anna, as well as tourists coming to see the many battlefields that played a key role in the Civil War.

Like Stafford, Spotsylvania is also home to many defense contractors.

Spotsylvania County news feed

Christian Youth Theater performs 'A Christmas Carol' this weekend

(From left) Abby Schafer, Joshua Johnson and Timothy Chapman rehearse for 'A Christmas Carol: T ... Nov 21 in The News Desk.

Duo charged in counterfeiting

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A North Carolina couple accused of using juveniles to help p ... Nov 19 in The News Desk.

Two men charged in auto-parts thefts

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STARTwo Maryland men are charged in connection with the thefts of ... Nov 19 in The News Desk.

Cheerleaders sickened by fumes in bus stops in Spotsylvania

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — An emergency official says fumes sickened more than a dozen people aboard a ... Nov 17 in The News Desk.

PetTips: Like toddlers, kittens and pups will ingest strange items

Dr. Kathy Kallay recently removed these items from the stomach of a cat named Roscoe. Most items ar ... Nov 17 in Pet Dish.

With his tuxedo markings, Kingston is ready to bring style to your home

The following pets are among those available for adoption at Fredericksburg-area animal shelters. F ... Nov 14 in Pet Dish.

Hotels robbed in Prince William, Spotsylvania counties

  BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Local authorities are investigating whether the ... Nov 11 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania gets grant to cover fire needs

Spotsylvania County’s fire and rescue department recently received a $10,593 grant from the Fi ... Nov 11 in The News Desk.

Did principal deny student's constitutional rights with anti-abortion group decision?

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotsylvania County school officials, responding to criti ... Nov 11 in The News Desk.

Program helps teen parents stay in school

BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Elissa De La Cruz’s hand shook as she held the pregnancy ... Nov 06 in The News Desk.

Fire displaces Spotsylvania couple

BY PAMELA GOULD / THE FREE LANCE–STAR An online fundraising site has been set up for a Spotsylvania ... Nov 05 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania voters approve 3 of 5 bond questions

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Voters on Tuesday gave Spotsylvania County a $241.4 million ... Nov 04 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania man to serve 15 years in child porn case

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STARA Spotsylvania County man will serve 15 years in prison on chi ... Nov 04 in The News Desk.

House fire on Monday displaces two Spotsylvania County residents

A fire Monday afternoon on Curtis Lane in Spotsylvania County displaced two people. Photo courtesy ... Nov 03 in Justice Forum.

TELEVISION: Spotsylvania dog is a ‘Bear’ of a star

BY ROB HEDELT / THE FREE LANCE-STAR IF FOLKS in Spotsylvania County spot Brian and China Hamilton o ... Nov 03 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania woman named Ms. Senior America

BY CATHY DYSON / THE FREE LANCE–STARMaybe it was Patsy Godley’s philosophy on life—parti ... Nov 03 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania authorities seek ‘extreme’-threat suspect

Matthew Allen Woods BY PORTSIA SMITH/THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotsylvania County authorities want to ... Nov 03 in The News Desk.

Photo on Facebook leads to child abuse charge

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STARA picture posted on a social media website has led to a felony ... Oct 31 in The News Desk.

Homeless years have ended on a high note for Massaponax High grad

WHITE UMBRELLA PHOTOGRAPHYYusef Ibrahim, who plays the cello, graduated from Massaponax High in Jun ... Oct 30 in The News Desk.

Voters to decide on Spotsylvania upgrades

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE-STAR A $21 million upgrade to Courtland High School. A $3.75 mi ... Oct 30 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania OKs expansion of Spotswood Baptist Church

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotswood Baptist Church, which is among the largest church ... Oct 28 in The News Desk.

Fire displaces Spotsy residents

BY DAWNTHEA PRICE / THE FREE LANCE-STARFire investigators in Spotsylvania County are investigating t ... Oct 27 in The News Desk.

A marriage ceremony for eternity

Marriage commissioner Don Hughes officiates at April and Christopher Caldwell’s wedding ceremony at ... Oct 25 in The News Desk.

Man changes plea while jury deliberates

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A lengthy jury deliberation led to a guilty plea in a rape c ... Oct 24 in The News Desk.

Adopting a new pet from a local shelter could be a novel idea

Harley Quinn is a 10-week-old cat with black and white markings who loves everyone and everything - ... Oct 24 in Pet Dish.