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Ladysmith seeing some commercial development

 Rappahannock Area YMCA CEO Barney Reiley (left) and Keith Marine, who will lead the new Caroline Y, visit the construction site.
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Date published: 12/9/2012

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Marine has been organizing events in the temporary space to generate excitement and awareness for the facility. The Y will waive its joining fee for everyone who brings a Toys for Tots donation to the office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. this coming Saturday. Marine said there has been an "unbelievable response" so far to the Y.

In addition to the Y, there are other signs that the Ladysmith area is starting to get on developers' radar.

Dollar General recently opened a freestanding, 9,100-square-foot store at Ladysmith Road and Allen Street just west of U.S. 1. The UPS Store recently leased a storefront at the Shops at Ladysmith. Magnolia Martin, a broker for Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer who is handling leasing at the Shops at Ladysmith, said she is talking to two Mexican restaurants about taking space at that center. Fredericksburg Asphalt and Paving Inc. recently relocated from the city to an 8,100-square-foot office and warehouse building in the Ladysmith Business Park.

More development is planned in the area.

McDonald's has submitted plans with Caroline planning officials for a restaurant at 8265 Ladysmith Road, which is near the Exxon station off Interstate 95.

Just south of the YMCA site near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Ladysmith Road, Virginia Beach man Lee Pontes is planning a 52-acre development called Ladysmith Town Center, which he envisions as a mix of retail, restaurants and office uses catering to people in the Ladysmith Village and Pendleton communities.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com


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