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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

Spotsylvania rapist gets 57-year prison sentence

DEFENDANT ALSO FACES POSSIBLE DEPORTATION TO HONDURAS AFTER HE COMPLETES HIS TERM BY PORTSIA SMIT ... Oct 17 in The News Desk.

Former school bus driver from Spotsylvania charged with assault

BY REGINA WEISS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotsylvania resident and former Fairfax County school bus dr ... Oct 15 in The News Desk.

Spotsy makes $10M request to VDOT for road projects

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotsylvania County is asking the Virginia Department of Tr ... Oct 14 in The News Desk.

'Blackie Chan' is among the cuties awaiting adoption at local shelters

Blackie Chan is a 6-month-old black male with a white bib and a huge personality. He is a curious k ... Oct 10 in Pet Dish.

Man gets suspended sentence for secretly filming job applicant

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STARA former employee of a Fredericksburg business received a suspend ... Oct 07 in The News Desk.

Former Spotsylvania volunteer rescue squad member pleads guilty to possessing child porn

This story has been updated from its earlier posting. BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A ... Oct 07 in The News Desk.

WORDS ‘I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU WIFE AND WIFE’ UNITES SPOTSYLVANIA WOMEN

http://youtu.be/ArNzFDwKadM BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Tammy Appel was mowing ... Oct 06 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania hosting sessions on bond plan

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR Spotsylvania County is hosting seven informational meetings ... Oct 03 in The News Desk.

Lovely 'Laila' is among the pets eager for adoption this week

Laila is a 4-month old terrier mix  that looks like a mini Rottweiler. The Stafford SPCA calls her ... Oct 03 in Pet Dish.

Two men rob Spotsy 7-Eleven

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR Spotsylvania County detectives are investigating an armed robbe ... Sep 30 in The News Desk.

Spotsy tax rebate proposal draws mixed reviews

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A proposal to give Spotsylvania County taxpayers an $83 ref ... Sep 27 in The News Desk.

'Diamond' and other jewels await at local animal shelters

Diamond is a muted tortie who loves to socialize with other cats, dogs and kids of all ages, accord ... Sep 26 in Pet Dish.

Slaying charges advance

BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A judge advanced charges against a couple accused of conspir ... Sep 25 in The News Desk.

Spotsy schools floats retirement possibility

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARThe Spotsylvania County school system may offer another retir ... Sep 24 in The News Desk.

Spotsy supervisor proposes county's 'first-ever' tax rebate

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE-STARSpotsylvania County taxpayers could receive an $83 check in t ... Sep 23 in The News Desk.

Stipends increased for Spotsy coaches

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARSports coaches and student–athletes in Spotsylvania Cou ... Sep 23 in The News Desk.

Proposed Spotsy development has 2,500 homes

Site of Alexander's Crossing development in Spotsylvania County BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE ... Sep 19 in The News Desk.

'Precious' is one of the pups eager for adoption from a local shelter

Precious is a people pup who loves cuddling and kids, according to the Stafford SPCA. She is an 8-y ... Sep 19 in Pet Dish.

Prescribed burns in Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield area

That National Park Service will be conducting prescribed burns in Spotsylvania Court House Battlefie ... Sep 18 in The News Desk.

Power outages affect Spotsy schools

Update: Power has been restored. Original report below: Courtland High School and Spotsylvania ... Sep 11 in The News Desk.

Man gets 15 years for grocery store robbery

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR A Woodbridge man was ordered Tuesday to serve 15 years in priso ... Sep 10 in The News Desk.

Spotsylvania OKs Chancellorsville development

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARAfter a lengthy public hearing Tuesday, the Spotsylvania Coun ... Sep 10 in The News Desk.

Blalock returns to Spotsylvania School Board; recovery ongoing

BY REGINA WEISS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR The Spotsylvania School Board warmly welcomed back member Ama ... Sep 09 in The News Desk.

PetTips: If your dog frequently rubs his ears, there may be an infection

This dog was recently diagnosed with an ear infection. (Courtesy Four Paws Animal Hospital) I re ... Sep 08 in Pet Dish.

'Significant' development proposed in Spotsylvania

BY JEFF BRANSCOME / THE FREE LANCE–STARA real estate investment company that owns thousands of acres ... Sep 07 in The News Desk.