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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

‘Regular folks’ not in proffer group

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARA who’s-who list of local developers will serve on a Sp ... Apr 19 in The News Desk.

Sketch released in shooting of Spotsylvania clerk

RELATED: Clerk: ‘I’m not going to let win’ By PORTSIA SMITH Spotsylvania County authorities ... Apr 18 in The News Desk.

State funding still mystery to Spotsylvania School Board

BY LINDLEY ESTES / THE FREE LANCE-STARWhile Spotsylvania School Board Chairman James Meyer is thank ... Apr 17 in The News Desk.

Spotsy girl, 15, dies in Orange car crash

A 15-year-old Spotsylvania County girl died in an auto accident Wednesday night. The crash happened ... Apr 17 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania puts transportation bonds on 'fast track'

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARSpotsylvania County voters may be asked this year to sign off ... Apr 16 in The News Desk.

Spotsy approves tax rate increase

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARThe Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unani ... Apr 16 in The News Desk.

REGION BRIEF: Woman, 51, identified in Spotsylvania crash

A 51-year-old Spotsylvania County woman died early Saturday morning after her car overturned on U.S. ... Apr 15 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania woman killed in crash

A 59-year-old Spotsylvania woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, accordin ... Apr 13 in The News Desk.

Spotsy man pleads guilty in slaying of stepfather

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A Spotsylvania County man pleaded guilty to second-degree mu ... Apr 11 in The News Desk.

Clerk: ‘I’m not going to let [shooter] win’

Kelly Wood talks about the morning she was shot twice in the head by a gunman while she worked in t ... Apr 11 in The News Desk.

Spotsy likely to raise rate for personal property tax

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARA 43-cent increase to Spotsylvania County’s personal p ... Apr 10 in The News Desk.

Police pursuit prompts school lockdown

Freedom Middle School was on a 49-minute lockdown while police chased a man who fled on foot, police ... Apr 09 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania woman dies in crash

UPDATE: The driver has been identified as Samantha Kemmerer, who was a bartender at Texas Roadhouse ... Apr 09 in Transportation.

Spotsy schools may get more

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARSpotsylvania County’s personal property tax rate may go ... Apr 08 in The News Desk.

‘Flipped classrooms’ get mixed reviews

Riverbend High School geometry teacher Julia Pense helps freshman Matthew Basso with a project duri ... Apr 07 in The News Desk.

Children can get hands-on history lesson during Spring Break

In some families, Spring Break brings about a sibling war. Here's a way to keep them busy with a dif ... Apr 07 in Fredericksburg Families.

Spotsylvania teachers seeking budget increase

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARTeachers and parents turned out for Spotsylvania County&rsquo ... Apr 04 in The News Desk.

Fundraisers slated for wounded Spotsylvania store clerk

Kelly Wood, 32, survived the point-blank range shooting during a robbery at a Spotsylvania Fas Mart ... Apr 03 in The News Desk.

Spotsy looks at lowering proffers

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE-STARAfter two years of legal wrangling, Spotsylvania County may l ... Apr 02 in The News Desk.

Warehouse property sold in Spotsylvania

A company that distributes food to restaurants recently bought a roughly 55,000-square-foot warehous ... Mar 26 in Business Insider.

Spotsy schools lower estimated shortfall

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR The Spotsylvania County School Board may not need as much l ... Mar 26 in The News Desk.

Spotsy, K.G. look to make up time

BY LINDLEY ESTES AND AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAROn the eve of another possible snow, th ... Mar 24 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania teens to face jury trial in slaying

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A two-day trial is set for two Spotsylvania teenagers charge ... Mar 24 in The News Desk.

Motorcyclist charged after chase

By PORTSIA SMITH A Ruther Glen man faces several charges after being accused of leading Virginia ... Mar 24 in The News Desk.

Spotsy panel to check county credit card use

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARA committee in Spotsylvania County will examine the use of co ... Mar 21 in The News Desk.