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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Topography challenges limiting development at Stafford Hospital?

Thus far, HCA’s Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has attracted more new offshoot development (nearby retail and medical office space) than has Mary Washington Healthcare’s Stafford Hospital. Why that’s the case is a question that area commercial real estate agents have been asking. Jamie Scully, an agent with Thalhimer/Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, addressed the matter in a Thalhimer blog post earlier this year. Among the reasons given: the Spotsylvania hospital is closer to retail amenties and serves a wider area including northern Caroline County and southern Spotsylvania.

Jud Honaker, president of commercial development for the Silver Cos., told me today that the lack of offshoot development at Stafford Hospital also has something to do with topographical challenges in that area. He said the land there isn’t very flat and hence requires lots of grading work that makes development challenging. Nonetheless, he said Silver is now working on a 50,000-square-foot medical office building across U.S. 1 from the hospital.

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