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Moves ahead in Eagle Village
Changes are under way for Eagle Village

 Hyatt Place construction in Eagle Village is on schedule.
SUZANNE CARR ROSSI/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 12/15/2012

By Cathy Jett

CHANGES are in the works for Eagle Village, the shopping center owned by the University of Mary Washington Foundation.

Play It Again Sports and Hair Cuttery will be moving into new spaces there, and UMW will relocate its IT Support Services office from the Fredericksburg campus to a space near Hallmark.

The steel framework for the Hyatt Place hotel just went up, and negotiations are under way to lease the retail space in the building.

In addition, renovations will begin early next year for Country Cookin, and several businesses are interested in renting the few empty spaces in the shopping center, said UMW Foundation CEO Jeff Rountree.

"We're 89 percent leased, so we're being very selective with the limited amount of space we have left," he said.

Play It Again Sports will move next week from its space next to Giant into a slightly larger location formerly occupied by both Mailhouse Plus and Lee's Cleaners.

"The nice thing about the new space is that it has more frontage," said Rountree.

Play It Again Sports is currently about 25 feet wide and will have twice the presence on the sidewalk when it moves. Owner Michael Donohue plans to reconfigure the layout so the sales counter will be on one side of the store.

"We'll have the same stuff, but we'll have more open space in the middle," he said. "That's really exciting."

The new location will be next door to Weight Watchers. A retailer who wants to be located next to a grocery store is eyeing the Play It Again Sports old space, Rountree said.

Hair Cuttery, which is now on the same side of the shopping center as Weight Watchers, plans to move into the new building housing the parking garage on Feb. 1. It will be near Lee's Cleaners.

UMW's IT Support Services office is moving to Eagle Village due to construction of a $50 million student center on UMW's Fredericksburg campus. Work on the center is expected to begin next fall.

Construction of the Hyatt Place is on schedule and on budget, Rountree said. The 93-room hotel is expected to be under roof by April and completed by next fall.

He added that he has "a very robust session going on" with a potential tenant for the 1,500-square-foot retail space on the hotel's first floor. He envisions it becoming a gift shop, day spa or clothing boutique. It would not be a restaurant since the hotel will have one of its own.

The renovation of Country Cookin is expected to begin in late January or early February, and be completed by May, Rountree said. The exterior will feature brick, white trim and columns to better match the look of the Foundation's two new buildings in Eagle Village.

"It will actually look like it must have been built with the new section," Rountree said.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407
Email: cjett@freelancestar.com