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Monday notes

  • As I left my car in The Free Lance-Star parking lot this morning, I was greeted by a chorus of backhoes, jackhammers and other construction noise. There’s some curb work going on along Barton Street next to the Maury Commons project, but the more interesting work is on the traffic island in front of Maury. The organizers of the Fredericksburg Area Veterans Memorial have hired ECS, an archaeology firm in the city, to investigate the site where the memorial is to be built. They’re checking to make sure there are no gravesite remains under the memorial site before they begin construction. That area lies between Hurkamp Park–which was a graveyard in the 1800s–and the Maury site–which also has a history as a cemetery. So far they’ve uncovered some old brick foundations and a cast-iron pipe, but we’ll check back in later on to see what else they find.
  • The proposed downtown Courtyard by Marriott makes another appearance on the government calendar in this morning’s Architectural Review Board public notice. The overall design of the building has already been approved, but according to city Senior Planner Erik Nelson, the board still has to sign off on the brick pattern on the walls that front Caroline and Charlotte streets and the stone to be used on the first story walls of the building. That’s what the August 13 public hearing will be about.
  • Also on the ARB agenda that night is a public hearing on the demolition of 717 Sophia St. This is one of the riverfront properties that the city has been negotiating to buy. The city is applying for ARB approval to tear down the brick retail building, owned by Tommy Mitchell. I’m still checking on the status of those negotiations.