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

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Entrepreneur transforming downtown property

Brad Repp and Abby Construction are converting this Amelia Street property in downtown Fredericksburg into an office.

Brad Repp and Abby Construction are converting this Amelia Street property in downtown Fredericksburg into an office.

A technology-focused local entrepreneur has started work transforming a former Free Lance-Star property in downtown Fredericksburg into a professional office building.

Brad Repp, through a limited liability company, bought the property at 607 Amelia St. in January. The FLS’ maintenance department had used the building previously for equipment storage.

Abby Construction Co. Inc. has started preliminary demolition work on the property, and Repp is working on getting building permits finalized for the planned renovation.

Repp plans to add about 800 square feet to the back of the building. Restrooms and an open space for product development will be created in that new addition.

Abby will transform the existing, 1,400-square-foot structure into five offices and a break room. The facade will be updated.

Eight parking spaces will be added along the perimeter of the property, which comprises two city lots, and new curbs and gutters along with border landscaping will be installed.

Repp is starting a new company called Dynovis Inc. that will do product development for the aerospace and defense industries. He had been calling the company Thirdrail but changed the name.

Repp’s new firm could occupy the renovated space when work is completed later this summer. If Dynovis someday outgrows the space, Repp said he could lease it out to another company requiring offices and a small product development area.

The two lots Repp is transforming are among five lots along Amelia Street between Winchester and Douglas streets that the FLS sold last year. Patrick Gay’s Simply Home company has already built one single-family house on one of the other three lots, and two more homes are planned.

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