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Prosthetics firm’s move runs into a snag

A Spotsylvania County prosthetics company’s plan to build a new, 5,000-square-foot office near the intersection of U.S. 1 and Harrison Road has been at a standstill because of parking issues.

Mobility Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. in February submitted an application to the county to relocate its office from Harrison Road to nearby Loren Drive.

But the business’s initial plan to use parking spaces at a next-door strip mall called The Shops at Harrison doesn’t appear to be an option, said Wanda Parrish, Spotsylvania’s planning director.

Hirschler Fleischer attorney Charlie Payne, who is representing the prosthetics company, said he thinks the parking problems have been resolved and that he will be resubmitting application materials soon.

He wouldn’t say exactly how the issues were fixed but said it took “creativity.”

Gregory Wright of Mobility Prosthetics wants to tear down an existing 1,200-square-foot home he owns at 3808 Loren Drive and build an office.

For that to happen, the Board of Supervisors will have to rezone the property from residential to commercial.

Loren Drive, which is home to a Virginia State Police office and the Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery, is a service road running parallel to U.S. 1.

Mobility Prosthetics currently rents office space at 4710 Harrison Road, which is less than a quarter-mile from the proposed site.

The new location would enable the company to expand, according to the firm’s rezoning application.

The application also notes that the office building would generate more local real estate tax revenue than the existing home.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402