December 13, 2018
Your Weekly Updates
The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to bring you Fred Focus, an e-newsletter that goes out every Thursday and keeps you up-to-date on Fredericksburg events and business news.
Here's what's coming up in Fredericksburg
To add your event to, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose .
Downtown hotel to be sold

The Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Fredericksburg is changing hands, but the current management team will remain in place.

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Former Toys"R"Us building in Fredericksburg sold

East Coast Appliance last week purchased the 30,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a Toy"R"Us retail store in Central Park.  

UMW planning new theater, other improvements

A new theater at the corner of William Street and Sunken Road, the renovation of the fine arts complex and upgrading student housing are among the proposed projects in the University of Mary Washington's $100 million, 10-year-plan.

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New businesses planned in Celebrate Virginia South

An affiliate of the Silver Cos. is working on plans to bring a 7-Eleven and Valvoline to Celebrate Virginia South behind the Wegmans. Click below for materials from Tuesday's City Council agenda.

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Ground-breaking today for new track

A ground-breaking is scheduled for this morning for the planned three-tiered Go Kart Track at Funland of Fredericksburg in Central Park. The $1.2 million track will be 27-feet high and 1,872 feet long. 

Thalhimer reports leasing activity

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports that the following commercial leases were signed last month for space in the City of Fredericksburg:
  • The United States of America (U.S. Census Bureau) leased 8,152 square feet of office space in Central Park Corporate Center at 1380 Central Park Blvd.
  • C&R Carpet and Rugs leased 6,608 square feet of warehouse space at 311 Central Road.
  • Marstel-Day LLC leased 5,191 square feet of office space in Mill Race Commons at 701 Kenmore Ave.
  • Dominion Day Services subleased 2,723 square feet of office space at 1320 Central Park Rd., Suite 203.
  • Aquia Counseling renewed its lease of 2,200 square feet of office space at 305 Hanson Ave.
  • Sofia Smiles Dental leased 1,786 square feet of office space at 2306 Plank Road (new space where Primary & Urgent Care is located). 
New hospital signage in the works

City Council on Tuesday took the first actions to approve new signage for Mary Washington Hospital along U.S. 1.

Read agenda materials (Items 5B and 5C)
Video features Marye's Heights        
This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" continues our "What is That?" feature with a look at Marye's Heights and the historic significance of the Fredericksburg landmark. 
Shop local this holiday season

Here is a video reminder of why it is important to do so.

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Parking promotion under way downtown

Through January 31, downtown Fredericksburg shoppers and diners will be permitted to park for up to four hours in on- street parking spaces that usually have two-hour limits. 

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C-PACE web page now available

We have added a page to our economic development website covering the details of the C-PACE program, which provides a new financing tool for energy-efficiency upgrades to commercial or multi-family buildings. Fredericksburg and Arlington County are the only two localities in Virginia with a C-PACE program.

Check out page
Special event venue now open at Castiglia's 

The space is at 911 Charles Street, the former home of the Artful Dimensions Gallery (which is now at 922 Caroline Street). A New Year's Eve party is planned at the new event hall.
How did the housing market fare in November?

Below is a FAAR report showing Fredericksburg housing-market statistics for November.

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Property of the Week: 603 Jefferson Davis Hwy. ~ Snowden Office Park

Recently renovated first-floor office with higher-end finishes. The space contains three offices, a central work area for up to 4 people, reception and a nice kitchen. Snowden Office Park is at the entrance to the Mary Washington Hospital campus.
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