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FRED FOCUS: Downtown Redevelopment Project Takes Big Step Forward

Thursday, March 14, 2019  
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March 14, 2019

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

Ways to explore Downtown!


To add your event to, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose.



City, EDA approve LOI for revamped Liberty Place project


The Letter of Intent is expected to help kick off a two-block redevelopment project along William Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

Read more about LOI



Local cyber-security program receives GO Virginia funding

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced this week that a local cyber-security preparatory program has received a $110,000 GO Virginia grant. In partnership with Germanna Community College and Rappahannock Community College, the University of Mary Washington will implement a 40-hour certification program to train Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP). The Fredericksburg EDA will provide a portion of the required local match for this important workforce development initiative.

Read press release



Fredericksburg Food Co-op honored

In its quest to build membership and raise funds to get a grocery store going, the Fredericksburg Co-op has garnered national attention. It recently received the Best of the Best award at the Up & Coming Startup Food Co-op Conference in Milwaukee.The local group, which recently surpassed 1,000 members, hopes to find a roughly 10,000-square-foot space -- perhaps in one of Fredericksburg's Opportunity Zones -- and open late this year.

Read on



Fun Land track project moving along

Here is an update on Fun Land of Fredericksburg's multi-level go-kart track -- which will be the first of its kind in Virginia when it opens this year.

Watch video about project



City releases FY20 budget

The proposed budget includes a 4-cent real estate tax increase.

Review budget



New billboard promotes stadium

The Potomac Nationals, Silver Companies and City of Fredericksburg have teamed up on a new billboard that overlooks Interstate 95 southbound near the Rappahannock River and promotes the planned stadium.

View short video showing sign

View Countdown to Opening Day



DermaEnVie opens on Caroline Street

The business, located at 600-A Caroline St., offers a variety of spa and skin-care services.

Check out website



Leases signed for Fredericksburg space

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following commercial leases were signed in February for space in Fredericksburg:

  • ThriveWorks, 4,100 square feet of office space at 417 Wolfe Street.
  • Gibson Benefits Group, 1,649 square feet of office space in Snowden Office Park at 603 Jefferson Davis Highway.



Consultant makes recommendations for downtown


Downtown Fredericksburg could one day include beacons to help connect the city visually to the Rappahannock River. That's one of the suggestions that Streetsense, a Washington design and strategy firm hired by the city, has come up with to leverage the assets of the greater downtown.

Read on



HFFI honors preservation-minded people, projects


Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. recognized community leaders for their preservation efforts during its annual meeting this past weekend.

Read on



Voting now open for Best of the Burg

Nominees represent more than 175 categories of businesses. Voting is open through March 18.

Vote now



See inside one of Fredericksburg's oldest buildings

Video features 18th-century home

On this week's episode of "Freehling Finds," we take a look at the Silversmith House downtown and its occupant, the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.


Watch video



Register now for Marine Corps Historic Half

Register to run 13.1 miles with the Marines on May 19. The 13.1-mile annual run boasts a beautiful course, active fan participation, a fantastic finisher medal and T-shirt, and an opening ceremony concluding with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket.




City Council renews pedal-cycle franchise

Olde Skool Tours' franchise was extended by five years Tuesday. The company offers various tours of downtown.

Read on



Fredericksburg Timeless Display

Regional tourism MOU extended for one year

City Council on Tuesday voted to extend by one year the Memorandum of Understanding governing the Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership.

Read on



24 hours in the 'Burg

Beginning of this blog post: "There is so much to see and do in the historic town of Fredericksburg, VA! Take the '24 in 24 Challenge,' below. 24 hours... can you do them all?"

Read on



EDA invests in public-art program

The Fredericksburg EDA on Monday approved an $8,800 grant to help cover the costs of bringing six new public art sculptures to the City this fall. The sculptures will take the place of the ones currently up around town. The EDA and Arts Commission are working together on the program.

Visit Arts Commission website



EDA sponsors UMW/Germanna event

The EDA also agreed to become a $2,000 sponsor of the Eagle Innovation event April 20. The one-day business pitch competition is open to all UMW and Germanna students.

Learn more



New bicycle shop coming to Central Park

Trek Bicycles will occupy a 3,783-square-foot retail space at 1627 Carl D. Silver Parkway (the Total Wine building), according to a news release from Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite.

Trek website



Orofino installing new brick-oven for pizza

The downtown restaurant is at 1006 Caroline St. We can't wait to see the result of the current project!

Check out Facebook page



Juan More Taco now open

Do you want a taco? You just can't just have Juan! Visit Juan More Taco at 826 Caroline St.

View Facebook page



How is the local housing market faring?

Click below to see FAAR's February statistical report on the City's housing market.

Read report



Summer Camp registration opening soon

Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events' Summer Camp registration opens next week. City residents and City employees may begin registering at 6 p.m. Monday at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. Camp registration opens for everyone at 9 a.m. Tuesday in person at the DHCC and online.

View brochure

Camp registration information



Property of the Week: 1802 Augustine Ave.


Rare free-standing office building, totaling 1,600-square feet of beautifully renovated turn-key office space on two floors. Contains a break room, conference room, and two restrooms in addition to many private offices. Competitively priced, immediate occupancy available and includes a parking lot with 10 private off-street parking spaces.

View property listing



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