March 1, 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.
Many events upcoming in Fredericksburg
224 acres at Celebrate Virginia South scheduled for auction

Twenty parcels totaling 224 acres in the Celebrate Virginia South commercial development are scheduled to be auctioned May 31 in City Hall to satisfy delinquent Fredericksburg taxes and Community Development Authority (CDA) special tax assessments. The 20 parcels range in size from a quarter-acre to 55 acres.  
City rolls out new economic development website

We are proud today to debut our new economic development website ( Next week we will roll out a companion blog that will feature business news, features and statistics.
Roller-hockey rink could be coming to Dixon Park

The City of Fredericksburg is working with the Washington Capitals on plans for a new roller-hockey rink behind the Dixon Park pool. A Capitals' representative briefed City Council on the plans Tuesday (see photo to the right).
ILM Corporation moves to Cowan Crossing office building

Fredericksburg-based ILM Corp. moved Friday to its new 10,000-square-foot office in the nearly completed Cowan Crossing mixed-use development. About 5,000 square feet of space is still available on the first floor of the building at 1551 Jefferson Davis Highway; leasing brokers Heather Hagerman and Donny Self of Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite are focusing on medical office users for the remaining space. ILM moved to its new digs from 600 Lafayette Blvd., where defense contractor Tate Inc. recently leased about two-thirds of the space; Self and Hagerman are seeking to fill the rest.
City added 1,124 jobs during Q3

Average employment in Fredericksburg rose by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2017, according to recently released Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) data. The City of Fredericksburg picked up 1,124 jobs during the third quarter compared with that three-month period in 2016. There were an average of 25,071 jobs in the City in the third quarter, the highest quarterly tally in nearly five years. The data are from the VEC's Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.
Sophia Street project under review

The City is currently reviewing plans for the Riverview on Sophia Street, a 16-unit residential project planned by Tradition Homes behind Fredericksburg Square in downtown Fredericksburg.

Check out the major site plan
Why Aspetto picked Fredericksburg

Here is a new video we put together featuring Robert Davis and Abbas Haider of Aspetto discussing what they like about doing business in the City of Fredericksburg.

Watch video
Fredericksburg Tours approved
Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday took the first of two votes to approve a franchise agreement with Fredericksburg Tours LLC, which will offer downtown walking tours that highlight the rich history of our City. City Council also renewed Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg's franchise agreement.

Visit Fred Tours Website
18th-century storehouse now a modern apartment

Great article about a recent project that Habalis Construction took on to convert an old brick storage building at 211 Lewis Street into a highly efficient and unique apartment in downtown Fredericksburg.

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Council, ARB discuss historic preservation

Fredericksburg's City Council and Architectural Review Board met last week to discuss how the two groups can better work together to foster historic preservation. A working group on the topic is being created. 

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Check out Mian Noodle House

Here is an article the FLS ran this week about the new Mian Noodle house at 1005 Princess Anne Street (across from Hyperion Espresso) downtown.

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Vote now for Best of the 'Burg 2018

Voting is open through March 16 for The Free Lance-Star's annual "Best of the Burg" competition to identify locals' favorite businesses of varying categories.  

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Opportunities abound for school groups

This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" takes a look at the many local opportunities for school groups to learn firsthand about Fredericksburg's history.  
Whittingham undergoing renovations

Whittingham, a popular shop at 1021 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg, will be closed through March 11 for renovations.

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'Art for Park' on display at PONSHOP

"Art for Park" is currently on display at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery in downtown Fredericksburg. The show promotes the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.

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UMW named a tree campus

The Arbor Day Foundation this month named the University of Mary Washington a 2017 Tree Campus USA.

Read Review (Fredericksburg Today)
A travel writer's take on Fredericksburg

Check out the interesting post below by a travel writer about the Fredericksburg region.

Church planning minor expansion

The City is reviewing plans for a 450-square-foot addition to Hillcrest Methodist Church at 2208 Lafayette Boulevard.

Review minor site plan
Property of the Week: 701 Kenmore Ave. -- Mill Race Commons

Five move-in-ready, unique office suites available for lease in historic building. Fully built-out kitchen, full-service leases and dock/drive-in doors. Ample parking and within easy walking distance of downtown.
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