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Date published: 10/9/2012

By Bill Freehling

Property owner asks for $45,750 in grants

The new owner of a green-and-white building at 411-413 William St. in downtown Fredericksburg is seeking financial assistance from the city's Economic Development Authority to help transform the property.

Denise Antinori, who earlier this year bought the building that formerly housed Robert Weymouth's upholstery business, plans to open a gourmet market and deli at the front and a German restaurant with an outdoor beer garden at the rear. There will be apartments on the top levels.

Antinori is asking the EDA for $45,750 toward the building's renovation. According to her application, the project will cost more than $1 million. She is trying to get the project completed by this coming summer.

Also, city residents Frans and Karen Vossenberg are asking the EDA for $10,000 toward a renovation at their two-story property at 1216 Caroline St., which is across from the downtown library and was formerly home to Dot's Beauty Shoppe.

In addition, the EDA received a request for about $2,600 toward repainting the floors at businesses including Cose Belle Boutique, Old Town Yarnery, Caroline Street Catering, Burgess Barber Shop and Hunan Garden.

The EDA will vote on the grants Nov. 12.

The EDA, which receives its funds from fees developers pay to issue tax-exempt bonds through the organization, has approved 74 grants totaling nearly $750,000 since July 2010. Of late, the EDA's budget has been cut after the University of Mary Washington Foundation refinanced the bonds it originally issued through the EDA for the Eagle Village project.

Historic house in city to be brought to life

A pair of Fredericksburg attorneys plan to give new life to a long-neglected historic downtown home.

Bill Glover and his wife and law partner, Jeannie Dahnk, last week purchased the roughly 5,500-square-foot home at 1601 Caroline St. from the Herman Groves estate.

Over the next six months or so, Glover and Dahnk plan to renovate the interior of the once-majestic riverfront home that has fallen on hard times. They are working with Robert B. Payne Inc. and Jason Gallant of Rappahannock Restoration Inc. on the project.

Gallant previously renovated the Princess Anne Street house that is home to the couple's Glover & Dahnk law firm.

Glover and Dahnk plan to move to the Caroline Street home following the interior renovation and then start fixing up the outside. They plan to sell their current home on Hawke Street.

--Bill Freehling