Stafford County’s purchase of 13 acres from the Silver Cos. could lead the way for a campus for its technology and research park, with buildings first opening in five years under optimistic plans.

No decisions have been made as to who would bear the costs of necessary road and infrastructure work, or the actual construction of buildings, but discussions have been ongoing with the current university partners in the park, said Tim Baroody, deputy county administrator and economic development director.

Those include George Mason University, University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College and and MTCSC (now ManTech).

“We’re very excited. We believe this this gives us credibility. This demonstrates that Stafford is dead serious,” Baroody said.

The Board of Supervisors announced the $3.4 million purchase after a closed session at Tuesday’s meeting. Tuesday’s resolution passed 5–2, with Jack Cavalier and Gary Snellings against. Money will come from the capital projects reserve fund.

The land in the fast-growing Boswell’s Corner area was owned by Silver Cos. and its affiliates, and is adjacent to the Quantico Corporate Center, where Stafford and its partnering universities are already offering programs in a 1,100-square-foot suite with state-of-the-art technology in a four-story office building.

The decision comes after months worth of closed-session meetings for discussions on acquiring land for economic development and academic purposes. All the parcels that were considered were in the Boswell’s Corner area, where defense, intelligence and technology industries are clustered, said Baroody.

This also allows the county to have a greater stake in the park, and will help the project more forward, according to the Association of University Research Parks.

This will be the 13th research park in Virginia, and each has a different focus, Baroody said.

Located along Telegraph Road and Interstate 95, the site is in a highly visible location, right by Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Silver had previously pledged to donate 2 acres to the county at the growing Quantico Corporate Center for the tech park.

That was factored into the negotiations, Baroody said.

Silver also had plans to extend Corporate Drive from its current ending point to Telegraph Road. Approval for the design from the county and state came last July.

Estimated roadwork, water and sewer infrastructure, and pad site work could be around $2.5 million. The county assumes responsibility for now, but Baroody said that it’s not yet known who will build or pay for that work. The board also will submit a proffer amendment.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

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