March 29, 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. (P.S. -- next week's edition will come out Wednesday.)
City releases fourth-quarter statistical report

The report shows that sales, lodging and meals tax revenues all rose in 2017 compared with 2016. The report also shows a variety of data on commercial vacancy rates, real estate transactions and more.

Read the report
Many events upcoming in Fredericksburg
To add your event to, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose .
Urban Slide event planned over Labor Day weekend

The City of Fredericksburg and its Economic Development Authority, along with the University of Mary Washington, are working on plans to bring a 1,000-foot-long water slide to a stretch of Hanover Street for a day of slip-n-slide fun on September 1.
City seeking funding for road projects

The City has the opportunity to submit funding applications through VDOT's Smart Scale Program for needed road-development and road-improvement projects and to improve the service that FREDericksburg Regional Transit provides.  

Read On (City Council agenda item)
Region's population growing fast

From Virginia Business article: "By our projection, by 2040, half of Virginia's population should live in Fredericksburg, or north of it."

Read On (Virginia Business)
Pathways meeting planned tonight

The City will host a public forum at Dorothy Hart Community Center tonight to discuss a draft of its bicycle and pedestrian master plan. 
Motts Run Reservoir reopening this weekend

Check out the below video we did on this wonderful sanctuary within our midst (trust us).

Watch video
City of Fredericksburg seeking funds to spruce up downtown

City Council voted Tuesday to seek funding through a VDOT program that helps fund projects that expand localities' options for pedestrians and enhance local transportation networks by improving their cultural, historical and environmental aspects.

Read the FLS article
Read the Council agenda item 
Look inside the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center

This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" takes a look at this great research facility located in the basement of the former Maury School at 900 Barton Street. 

ARB agenda to include retail, residential projects

The April 9 meeting of Fredericksburg's Architectural Review Board will include reviews of a Sophia Street residential project, a new retail business on Caroline Street and more. 

Check out the agenda
City seeking services for downtown pedestrian enhancement project

The engineering proposal shall include services to develop specifications and construction bid documents for the installation of brick sidewalks and crosswalk improvements on 11 blocks in the urban core, for the installation of lighting on five of those blocks, and for resurfacing the Market Square alley in a manner that meets ADA standards. 

Repairs to occur on Lansdowne Road

The City of Fredericksburg will have an emergency road project under way that will close Lansdowne Road to through traffic from April 9-27. 

Read On (Fredericksburg Today)
Property of the Week: 1905-2051 Plank Road, Westwood Shopping Center

Available retail spaces: 1,500 s.f., 2,000 s.f., 2,200 s.f., 2,277 s.f. and 11,250 s.f. Shopping center located along the busy Plank Road corridor less than a half-mile from Fredericksburg's busiest interchange at I-95 and Route 3.   
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