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UMW buys Country Cookin’

Eagle VillageThe University of Mary Washington just sent the following press release stating its purchase of Country Cookin’ and other property at Eagle Village. I’ll have a story with more details in tomorrow’s paper. Click here to see a PowerPoint presentation showing the exact parcel, which can also be seen to your left. Here’s the release:

The University of Mary Washington Foundation announced today it has purchased Park & Shop Plaza, an adjacent property to the Eagle Village development off U.S. Route 1.  The Park & Shop Plaza includes Country Cookin’ restaurant and the small business center across the parking lot supporting Glass America Auto Glass, Outlooks for Hair and Best-Way Rentals and Sales.

The property was previously owned by local developer Carl Silver, and most recently by Roger Dodger LLC, based in Clifton, Virginia.  The restaurant and businesses will continue to operate in their current retail space and will now become part of Eagle Village.

The UMW Foundation is developing Eagle Village as a mixed-use village in the former Park & Shop retail center that will include an apartment-style residence complex with 156 apartments, office, retail and restaurant facilities, and a multi-level parking garage. The facility is scheduled to open in August.

University of Mary Washington Foundation is a private §501(c)(3) organization with a mission to accept, manage and administer assets for the benefit of the University of Mary Washington.   The foundation has a large portfolio of holdings. Its current $100 million-plus in real estate assets include Eagle Village, the UMW Apartments on William Street, residential housing, office space and hundreds of acres of undeveloped land in the region. The Foundation’s endowment also supports the university by funding scholarships, professorships, student programming, academic programming and other special projects.