Spotsy Supervisor to hold meeting on Exit 126 upgrade

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Spotsylvania Supervisor Gary Skinner who represents the Lee Hill District will be hosting an informational meeting on the proposed I-95 Exit 126 super ramp on Thursday, February 27 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Massaponax High School on Route 1.  Supervisor Skinner will be explaining the roles of FAMPO, the CTB, and VDOT in getting local projects constructed.  Local citizens and interested parties are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.

Spotsy Economic Development Offers Advertising Opportunity

Effective now through May 30, 2014, economic development/commercial real estate advertisers in the Fredericksburg Region can run ads in the Washington Business Journal without having to fulfill any frequency requirement.  This offer is a discount on advertising space of over 40 percent. Click here for more information on this opportunity.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this reduced rate, please contact Jan Erkert at Spangler Erkert:  540.412.5360

HVAC and Copper Larcenies

The following is courtesy of the Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers. 

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The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person/persons involved in the theft of HVAC and air conditioning units and/or their parts from vacant residences in Spotsylvania County from mid-June to present. Vacant homes that are up for sale/rent have been targeted and most are going unnoticed for several days or weeks. Copper tubing has also been removed from basements and under homes at several of the residences as well.

Realtor Awareness-

Please note the following trends based on information provided from the incidents:

· Homes for sale that are listed under $300,000 are mostly targeted

· No particular realtor company is being targeted

· Homes for sale online that show photos of empty rooms make for easier targets.

· Foreclosed/vacant homes/new constructions are mostly targeted off of frequently traveled roadways (i.e. Courthouse Rd, Morris Rd, and Smith Station Rd). They are easy to spot due to signs at the end of the driveway or lack of maintenance to the home.

If you have any information, please contact the Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers in reference to incident 13-076329, 13-77615 or 13-079784

If you have information about these cases, please contact Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers at 800-928-5822 or 540-582-5822.  Reference Incident #13-076329, 13-077615, 13-079784.

Spotsy EDA Director Addresses FAAR

The Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Spotsylvania County, Tom Rumora, recently addressed FAAR’s Government Affairs Committee.  He talked about how the County is always working on leads from the state and from their own network.  He said they have had 3-4 prospects interested in the old GM facility on Rt. 2.  He explained that the land is currently owned by a trust that was set up after GM vacated the property whose sole focus is to bring jobs back to the facility.  He said it almost doesn’t matter at what price the building and land sells for as long as there are significant good jobs associated with the project. 

When asked what the County’s plan is for combating the major traffic and congestion challenges facing the area, Mr. Rumora feels strongly that bringing the jobs and employers to the local area is a huge part of that solution.  That’s why the County is focusing so much on recruiting private businesses and federal government agencies like the FBI. 

Click here to view the County’s Economic Development and Tourism website.

Why should REALTORS® Care about the Fort A.P. Hill Joint Land Use Study?

One word answers the question above:  NOISE.  Yes, noise is the key to why realtors® should care about what happens with this study.  So what is the Fort A.P. Hill Joint Land Use Study?  As the consultant working on the project explains, a JLUS, as it’s called for short, “looks at development within the communities near Fort A.P. Hill and fort operations.  The study will result in recommendations that encourage collaboration and compatibility between the fort and the surrounding communities.”

A series of three public meetings were held this week and the topic of noise came up repeatedly.  New residents moving from out of the area are not aware that their nearest neighbor blows up artillery on a regular basis and that causes noise complaints.  If something about noise is recommended, it will probably be some sort of disclosure at the point-of-sale.  It is important that as this study continues to progress, realtors® take an active role in discussing all possible options on addressing the noise issue.  There will be more public meetings in the future and realtors® selling in Caroline, Spotsylvania, or King George should really be a part of the discussion.

The materials provided at the public meeting included several noise impact maps that plotted complaints and zones of concern.  For a full review of all the materials and noise maps, click here to visit the JLUS page on Caroline County’s website.