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

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Businesses at new Stafford office to focus on children

Children will be a big focus for the businesses going into a new office building near the Staples store at Doc Stone Commons off Garrisonville Road in North Stafford.

Several of the businesses that plan to open in that complex — including Pratt Medical Center, Minnieland Academy and Helping Hands Inc. — will cater at least in part to children.

An affiliate of the Silver Cos. last month sold the 4.2 acres where the 40,000-square-foot office will be built. The land was sold for $1.6 million to an LLC comprising affiliates of Minnieland, Pratt and project general contractor and developer Virginia Properties Inc.

A retaining wall is being built at the complex, and building construction is expected to start soon. The two-story building is expected to be ready for occupants to move in by late summer or early fall.

Pratt will move its practice at 392 Garrisonville Road to the new building, said company CEO Bob Alexander. The company will add a second dermatologist and pediatricians at the new complex, where it will lease about 10,000 square feet. Alexander said the location should be more convenient for Pratt’s customers and cater to that area’s growing population.

Minnieland will open an 8,000-square-foot childcare center on the first floor of the new building. Pratt and Minnieland will take up the whole first floor, which will also include common areas.

Minnieland Chief Operating Officer Chris Schuster said in an email that his company is excited about the opportunity to work with fellow tenants on a “one-stop shop for the care and education of their children.”

Helping Hands offers occupational therapy for infants, toddlers and children with a variety of disorders. The company will open an office on the second floor of the new building.

The Doc Stone building is now 75 percent leased, and additional leases are in the works for the second floor.

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