Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Fixing an Error: Vakos deal
Somehow an error was inserted into my short piece on the Vakos deal so let me clear it up. This is how it should read:
Spotsylvania supervisors last night unanimously approved a public-private partnership with WJ Vakos for a new government center at Courthouse Village behind Robert E. Lee Elementary on Brock Road.
The 56,000-square-foot building will house the planning, code compliance, social services and economic development departments on the second and third floors by 2010.
This building will replace the current rented space in Capital One, where about 150 county employees work.
The county will lease 36,000 square feet at $15 a square foot. It has an option within five years to purchase the building at $200 a square foot or about $11 million. On the first floor will be commercial space and offices. The red-brick building will mirror the historic Princess Anne Hotel in Fredericksburg.
The county currently pays about $13.25 per square foot at Capital One, but that rate was to increase to at least $16 next year. Vakos will pay up to $334,500 for furniture and moving data cable to the new building.
According to staff, the county will save at least $13,000 in employees’ salaries by avoiding the long drive from Capital One to the Courthouse area when staff members need to meet. The county also won’t have to lease high-speed data lines from Verizon, which costs about $40,000 a year.