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FRED FOCUS: City First to Join Virginia's 'Smart Communities" network

Thursday, May 16, 2019  
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May 9, 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 first to join Virginia's 'smart communities' network

Fredericksburg officials are preparing the first phase of a data analytics project, using help from the state government and other partners as it becomes the first city to join a statewide "smart communities" program.

Read StateScoop article



Archaeological work under way at One Hanover

Demolition and archaeological work have recently occurred at the 24-unit mixed-use project at the corner of Hanover and Sophia streets across from Riverfront Park. Tommy Mitchell is the property owner.




What sold in April?


Property transfers from last month in the City of Fredericksburg are now included in our real estate database. Check it out!


Real Estate Data Resource




New murals at Keystone Coffee & Auto Spa

Some color has been added to the outside seating area of theKeystone Coffee & Auto Spaat 2206 Princess Anne Street. Go check out the murals by local artist Mirinda Reynolds, who has worked on many murals throughout our City.


View Mirinda's art



Leadership Fredericksburg helps train local business leaders

Leadership Fredericksburg will graduate its 12th class this month. The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will have then supported 323 professionals over 12 years as they became official Leadership Fredericksburg alumni.

Read FLS article

Learn more about program



Renovation work continues on Frederick Street project


Construction work is continuing on the former coffee warehouse at the Lofts at Frederick Street project. The project developers are also now taking reservations for condos at the planned 17-unit new complex to be built next to the coffee warehouse.

Visit Jon Properties website



Updated rooftop bar at Vivif

'Freehling Finds' features Vivify Burger & Lounge rooftop bar


On this week's episode of "Freehling Finds," Bill talks with Aby Bethem of Vivify Burger & Lounge about the recent improvements made to the rooftop bar at 314 William Street.

Watch video



Leases signed for Fredericksburg space


The following leases were signed in April for commercial space in Fredericksburg, according to Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer:

  • Jack & Sessa's, LLC leased 3,988 square feet in Village Plaza at 449 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Agenda Consulting, LLC leased 2,410 square feet at 500 Lafayette Blvd.
  • WhatKnott Shop leased an additional 1,500 square feet at 1117 Tyler St.



SlideFXBG returning in August

Last year's wildly successful and popular event, SlideFXBG, will be back in town on August 31st -- the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This year's event will be held on William Street, with the start of the slide being set up a few feet below College Avenue and ending at Sunken Road.

Visit website



Fredericksburg Christmas Parade seeks 2019 sponsors


The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events Department is issuing a call for Christmas Parade Sponsorshipproposals through May 20.


Read news release

Sponsorship information



Property of the Week: 709 Caroline St.


900 s.f. of great retail/office space across from the Visitors Center with excellent exposure. An additional 900 s.f. of basement storage with walkout. Utilities charged with flat amount and paid by owner. Deck off rear with access to both basement and the first floor. Could be work and live space. First floor can be rented without basement storage.

View brochure


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