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EDA gets update on Town Center

Stafford's Economic Development Authority got updates Friday on county projects including The Town Center at Aquia and Germanna Community College's planned permanent campus.

EDA member Eric Cole gave the report on Ramco–Gershenson Properties Trust’s long-stalled Town Center at Aquia development, which is near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Garrisonville Road. Cole said a Ramco executive told him the company is evaluating whether to sell parts of the project. Cole expressed concern that Ramco is focusing more on office buildings than the retail offerings residents want.

EDA member Jo Knight said Germanna continues to target land just south of Stafford Hospital for its Stafford campus. It would be part of a project Virginia Properties Inc. is working on that also includes a 280-unit apartment community developed by Blacksburg-based HHHunt. A rezoning request is expected to come before the county’s Planning Commission next month.

The EDA also discussed a possible swap of 104 acres it owns at the end of the Stafford Regional Airport runway with 14.8 acres the Stafford Regional Airport Authority owns off U.S. 1 near Perchwood Drive. A recent appraisal valued the runway property at $785,000 and the U.S. 1 parcel at $737,500. Federal Aviation Administration funds could potentially make up the difference if the land is exchanged. Airport officials want to extend the runway 1,000 feet, and the land off U.S. 1 could have more development possibilities.

The EDA also held a conference call regarding the Virginia Golf Trail, which has been headquartered at the now-closed Cannon Ridge Golf Club. The trail might be sold to National Golf Management Co., whose president, Bob Mauragas, told the EDA that it would remain headquartered in Stafford under new ownership.

The EDA on Friday also approved a $1,500 grant to help Kitchens For You improve its website, and an $1,000 sponsorship of the upcoming Startup Weekend Fredericksburg event at Germanna’s Spotsylvania County campus.

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