August 23, 2018
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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.
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Rappahannock River Crossing project begins

The official kickoff of one of the Fredericksburg area's biggest transportation projects since the express lanes was held yesterday afternoon at the Interstate 95 Welcome Center near Exit 130.

FLS article
VDOT news release
Triple-left turn lanes set to open

Next week, the $21 million project to improve safety and operations at the Exit 130 interchange is reaching another construction milestone with the opening of triple-left turn lanes on Route 3 eastbound to access northbound I-95.

VDOT news release
Work begins on Frederick Street Lofts project

Preliminary work began this month on the Frederick Street Lofts project near the downtown train station. The one-story former furniture warehouse was removed to make way for a new residential building. The adjacent former coffee warehouse will be renovated as part of the project. Materials from the furniture warehouse will be reused in the project.

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Per diem rates to increase in region

Government per diems in the Fredericksburg area -- the hotel and meal rates the federal government pre-approves for federal travelers -- will go up starting in October. The hotel rate will go from $93 to $94, and the meals increase is $51 to $55. This is important to the Fredericksburg region due to our numerous military travelers.

Video features Riverfest event

Friends of the Rappahannock's annual Riverfest event is the focus of this week's edition of "Freehling Finds." The event will be downtown next month for the first time in many years.

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Community meeting scheduled on U.S. 1 study

VDOT, in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, is looking at ways to improve the efficiency and safety of the Route 1 corridor from the Falmouth Bridge to Route 3. A public information meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at James Monroe High School.

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Community meeting scheduled for stadium

The City of Fredericksburg and Potomac Nationals will hold a community meeting on the proposed multi-purpose stadium at 7 p.m. September 5 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 408 Canal Street. This will be an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposed stadium project.  

Central Park McDonald's to get a facelift

The Central Park location will lose its '50s theme, including the juke box and black and white photos of old movie stars like James Dean.
UMW freshmen arrive on campus

940 freshmen are expected at UMW for the 2018-19 academic year. Yesterday was arrival day.

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Take our survey ~ Summer Restaurant Week

We are conducting a short survey on Summer Restaurant Week to help us improve the event going forward.   

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What's getting reviewed by the City?

Below is a page from the City website that may be of interest to many of you. Among other information, it shows what development plans are currently being reviewed by the City.

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Amelia Square honors its past

The development, which is nearing completion, was built on the site of the old Fredericksburg Hardware Store. There is now a small wall and plaque on site telling the history that uses materials salvaged from the store.
MWHC's efforts on 'Hamilton' videos recognized

Interesting article by Becker's Hospital Review about the story behind Mary Washington Healthcare's popular "Hamilton"-inspired videos.

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Property of the Week: 1500 Dixon St., Suite 203
4,000 s.f. Class-A medical office condo for sale or lease in state-of-the-art facility. Move-in ready with high-end finishes. Space features multiple offices and exam rooms, lab, waiting room/reception area, kitchen and more. Great visibility and direct access from Route 2/Dixon Street and less than a half-mile from Route 3. Co-tenants include Surgi-Center of Central Virginia, Fredericksburg Foot & Ankle Center and Rappahannock Gastroenterology Associates.
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