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Morning Buzz – Feb. 3, 2011

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Fredericksburg’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in December of last year, compared to 9.5 in December 2009, and 9.5 percent in November, according to data released yesterday by the Virginia Employment Commission. This isn’t anything new, but the city has the highest jobless rate of any of the 10 localities in the George Washington Regional Commission.

The Cobblestone Square project off Lafayette Boulevard downtown will come to life again very soon, the project’s owner tells Bill Freehling. Work could begin within a week to complete eight more apartment buildings, a clubhouse, pool and other amenities. See Freehling’s story in today’s Free Lance-Star for more.

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  • Mike

    Where’s the new school going to be built to support all the new apartment complexes?
    So much for the idea of shifting our rental/owner mix that was such a priority when I moved here 15 years ago.

  • Ekaterinburg

    Once the revenue stream from Kalahari starts to flow we will be rolling in dough – just ask Matt “Kaiser” von Kelly and the mathematically challenged folks on City Council. So bring on the “high end” apartment complexes, souvenir shops, fast food restaurants, pool halls, starving artist galleries, and new courthouses – we are golden!

  • Matt Kelly

    Ekaterinburg–With this name I would have thought you would tie me to the Czar as opposed to the Kaiser. As for Kalahari I would suggest you Google it to see how well their other locations are doing. And I would again point out; I’ve lost count on the number of times, that Celebrate VA is to be a tourism campus. If you don’t like that you should have spoken up during all the numerous meetings when we revamped the Comp Plan. However, I do agree, again said many a time, that we do need to diversify the tax base to include higher end employment. Idlewild or the land along I-95 would be great for office/tech parks. And again, for the umpteenth time, we need to be pro-active in getting this type of development and not just sit on our tails and wait to see what happens.

  • Ekaterinburg

    Kaiser Matt, if your great great grandmother was Queen Victoria, then maybe we are related. Kalahari is a stupid idea for Fredericksburg – African safari in America’s most historic city? yeah thats a good fit. Its all a moot point anyway because, like the slavery museum, Kalahari will never happen. So we sit and wait, and wait, and wait, while real opportunities go slipping on by. Sitting on their keister, thats one thing Fredericksburg city government does well.

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