BUSINESS BRIEFS: A Wireless to hold its grand opening
Mar 14, 2013 (The Free Lance-Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Wireless, an exclusive Verizon Wireless premium retailer, will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for its store at 1036 Warrenton Road, Suite 101, in Stafford County.
A Wireless is one of only six national agents for Verizon Wireless. The Greenville, N.C.-based company has tripled in size in the past three years and has stores in 11 states. The new Stafford store is the company's 25th retail location in Virginia.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
BROOKSTONE WORKING ON POPLAR ESTATES SITE
Michael Stonehill's Brookstone Homes Inc. has started development work on the second section of the Poplar Estates community off Poplar Road, just south of Mountain View Road near Willowmere Park in Stafford County. Stonehill's firm in January bought 68 unfinished lots totaling about 259 acres from an entity of Garrett Development Corp. for $3.6 million.
Stonehill, who also owns Hour Homes Inc., said site work is ongoing. He hopes to have a model home done by December and plans to start preselling in August. The homes will be built on three-to five-acre lots and connect to county water. Prices will start at $430,000.
Drees Homes and Atlantic Builders are currently building homes in the first section of Poplar Estates.
ANDERSON CENTER AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC
The University of Mary Washington's athletics director wants the public to know that the Anderson Center is available for conferences, meetings and other events. Ken Tyler said several high school graduations are planned this spring at UMW's 55,000-square-foot facility at the intersection of U.S. 1 and College Avenue in Fredericksburg.
UMW's basketball and volleyball teams play at the arena, which holds 2,000 people and has retractable bleachers. Including floor space, it can fit 3,000 people, Tyler said. People who are interested in renting the space can contact Tyler. The university has one fee structure for nonprofits and community-focused events and another for for-profits.
CITY EDA GETS ASKED FOR $61,100 IN GRANTS
The Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority received requests for $61,100 worth of grants during the latest application cycle ending March 1.
Eleven applications were submitted in total, including for $10,000 facade improvement grants each from Little Tire Co. and the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill on Princess Anne Street, and the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts on Sophia Street.
The EDA will decide on the grants April 8.
A full list of the grant requests is available on the Business Insider blog on Fredericksburg.com.
NEXT AMELIA SQUARE UNITS ON THE HORIZON
The start of construction on the next four townhouses at the Amelia Square development in downtown Fredericksburg might not be far away.
The next four homes are planned along Winchester Street on the William Street side of the units now under construction. The two end units are sold and project Realtor Heather Hagerman hopes to have one of the middle units under contract this week.
The sale of the third unit will trigger the process of obtaining building permits for the four-story homes. Hagerman anticipates having the last of the four units sold before it's under roof. The second bank of homes will be a mirror image of the ones now under construction.
Plans are also in the works for a 10,000-square-foot commercial building that fronts William Street.
QUALITY INN PROPERTY IS HEADING TO AUCTION
A March 22 foreclosure auction has been scheduled for a Quality Inn property in the Carmel Church area of Caroline County, according to a legal ad in Tuesday's Free Lance-Star.
The 63,000-square-foot, two-story hotel sits on about 3.7 acres at 23500 Welcome Way Drive, according to Caroline property records. The hotel was built in 1973 and is assessed at about $4 million.
Shreeji LLC, which is registered out of Newport News, is the owner.
The noteholder is Delaware-based Buckhead 2011 LLC, according to Williams Mullen attorney Paul S. "Chip" Bliley Jr., the trustee for the foreclosure sale.
The auction is scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 22 in front of Caroline Circuit Court in Bowling Green.
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