Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Landowner has “green” vision for VRE site
Local real estate broker Fitz Johnson says he has waited 11 years for the Board of Supervisors to move forward with building a Virginia Railway Express station. The supervisors joined last summer and the contract became official Feb. 15.
Tuesday night, the supervisors picked a piece of land at the Crossroads Business Park. One of the owners of the land, Johnson, is thrilled. Johnson and others own at least 800 acres in the area of the station site and business park, and he has a “green” vision for that area.
“We have always envisioned an innovative and “green” transit-oriented development at Crossroads, and my partners and I believe the county’s VRE station should be planned for the future to serve Amtrak, and eventually, high-speed rail as well,” he said via e-mail. “We are very excited about moving ahead and we are hoping to work in a creative partnership with the county to build a truly smart-growth development that includes a first-class rail station with amenities far exceeding those found in Woodbridge or at existing VRE stations now.”