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 EstateNearly 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 BusinessSpotsylvania 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.