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Roadwork and rezoning get OK
Stafford supervisors green-light plans for Ferry Farm, Celebrate virginia Parkway

Date published: 12/20/2012

BY KATIE THISDELL

Stafford County supervisors gave the OK on Tuesday to several projects--from a roadwork agreement to a historic-site rezoning.

CELEBRATE VA. PARKWAY

The Celebrate Virginia Parkway, off U.S. 17, will soon become a state-maintained road.

Work to bring it up to Virginia Department of Transportation standards is expected to cost around $300,000, which will be provided up front by Celebrate Virginia Development Company LLC, a subsidiary of the Silver Cos. Stafford will manage the work.

Should costs be above that, the county will lend up to $150,000 for the project, to be paid back over five years. Land valued around $500,000 is offered as collateral. County staff believes costs will stay within the $300,000 that was indicated in the agreement.

The plan came about partly from the developer, which asked for assistance, and partly from the county, which wanted to put the neighborhood roads at the end of the four-mile parkway into the state system but couldn't since they didn't have a connection to a state road, County Administrator Anthony Romanello said.

Trucks have been using the road as an access point for construction of the dam at Rocky Pen Run Reservoir.

The road's admission into the state system was also stipulated as part of an application pending for two apartment projects on the parkway. Silver's Celebrate Virginia North project will be before the board soon.

FERRY FARM REZONED

Ferry Farm off State Route 3 in southern Stafford will be the first piece of land to be classified as a Heritage Interpretation zone, a classification created in 2008. The rezoning, unanimously approved Tuesday, allows the tourist site to expand its offerings.

Ferry Farm has submitted a master plan, showing a new visitors center, administration building, maintenance building and a greenhouse. But perhaps most notable is the planned replication of the home where the first U.S. president grew up. An archaeological dig that uncovered the home's foundation drew international attention in 2008.

The historical site will also be an endpoint for the Belmont-Ferry Farm Historic Loop, parts of which have recently been completed.

3 BUSINESSES TO OPEN

Supervisors also approved conditional-use permits for three businesses coming to the county.

A Panera Bread with a drive-through will be built at Carter's Crossing Shopping Center, anchored by Target, off U.S. 17.

Board members said they were glad to have a new restaurant open up for Stafford residents.

McWhirt Loop in Hartwood will see the addition of two automobile businesses, a Goodyear Tire Center and a Merchant's Tire and Auto Center.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975
Email: kthisdell@freelancestar.com