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Ukrop's 2nd Williamsburg Store has Grand Opening Wednesday Oct. 4

The store will be over 55,000sf and employ over 150. The other Williamsburg location has been one of the top performing stores in the company.

Amenities and Offerings in the new store:

The new store includes split aisles for easier shopping and offers customers:

* Thousands of items at Consistent Low Prices throughout the store

* A 240-seat caf

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Carter's Grove To Be Sold

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation wasn't kidding about putting Carter's Grove on the auction block. I just hope they will manage to sell to someone willing and able to maintain the place as a private residence. This means big $$$. Anyone ready to move in?

The Virginian Pilot

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Colonial Williamsburg Puts Carter's Grove on the Block for $20m

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is selling Carter's Grove Plantation for an expected $20m. The article in the New York Times below raises important questions about the precedent being set by both CW and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in allowing the sale. Colonial Williamsburg has spent big $$$ trying to update their exhibits to make them appeal to a younger genewration. The results are mixed so far, but their decision may have far-reaching effects upon the future of house museums throughout the country. In a declining tourism market, only the toughest will survive. It would be nice to think that a new owner would make the house and grounds available to the public, but this is not likely to happen. The house and grounds are expected to go on the market in January, 2008.

The New York Times

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Colonial Williamsburg Puts Carter's Grove on the Block for $20m

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is selling Carter's Grove Plantation for an expected $20m. The article in the New York Times below raises important questions about the precedent being set by both CW and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in allowing the sale. Colonial Williamsburg has spent big $$$ trying to update their exhibits to make them appeal to a younger genewration. The results are mixed so far, but their decision may have far-reaching effects upon the future of house museums throughout the country. In a declining tourism market, only the toughest will survive. It would be nice to think that a new owner would make the house and grounds available to the public, but this is not likely to happen. The house and grounds are expected to go on the market in January, 2008.

The New York Times

Wasn't sure if you saw this article

Carter's Grove Plantation in Williamsburg sold to internet entreprenuer Halsey Minor for 15.3 million

Carter's Grove Sold

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We can be glad that the property won't be developed, but it's still sad to see that the public won't be able to enjoy the house ir its grounds any longer. The points raised in the article are significant. It's certainly good to see the house preserved, but I'm not sure I like to see the privatization of what had previusly been available to an admiring public. I suppose this is the lesser of two evils. This is better than a conference center....

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Interesting tidbit-Did you notice at the end where it mention the developer of the Marquis, Premier Properties (which Divaris is leasing), has filed for bankrupcy.

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A high profile high school football camp for college prospects is moving from Orlando, FL to Williamsburg, VA this year. Many college recruiters come to this camp looking for the next big college players. 1200 high school football players and their families are coming to Williamsburg for a weekend (July 20-24) to show what they have!

Football University Top Gun Showcase is a camp for elite-level middle and high school players. It runs July 20-24 on the stadium and turf fields at Warhill District Sports Complex.

As many as 1,200 of the nation’s best players in grades 6-12 will participate in small groups. Modeled after an NFL mini-camp, each session includes 14 hours of training and working with former NFL players and coaches.

The camp has spent the last two years in Orlando.

http://www.vagazette.com/articles/2010/06/27/slide_show/doc4c2549ccdb05e301611820.txt

Football University

http://www.footballuniversity.org/

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Busch Properties inc is selling Kingsmill Resot and Spa to Denver based Xanterra Park & Resorts Inc.

“Our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property,” Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties said in a news release. “Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the long-standing commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill.”

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/07/kingsmill-be-sold-resort-operator-out-denver?cid=ltst

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Busch Gardens/Water Country USA 2 year exansion!

From the BG website-

I’m happy to tell everyone about our two-year plan that includes five major changes between Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. This plan is the largest investment in our history, and it offers something for everyone in the family.

Expansions include 1) Adding Italy in 2010 Christmas Town 2) 2011 Renovating/Rejuvenating/Adding to Oktoberfest section of Germany 3) Year 2011- 246ft Drop Tower w/extras 4) 2011- Four slides added to Watercountry USA 5) Year 2012- New Rollercoaster to replace Big Bad Wolf- Not much info given.

http://www.buschgardensvablog.com/coming-soon-drop-tower-new-water-slide-and-coaster

Edited by metalman

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This topic is long dormant, but there's lots of development going on in downtown Williamsburg right now! 

 

This is a mixed use development coming up on Prince George street named Griffin Arms. The top two floors are luxury apartments and the bottom floor consists of two retail spaces: 

 

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Although it's an empty lot now, another mixed use development is in the early stages of being built right next to Griffin Arms. It's called the Prince George Commons and will also feature apartments with ground floor retail. 

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And right across the street from this is the newly moved-in Jewish Mother! It's set to open within the next couple of weeks. 

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And just a couple of blocks away from that is the new Jimmy John's! It's located in Williamsburg's designated "Arts District", so there are lots of colorful bars and restaurants lining the street. It also helps that it's right across the street from William and Mary's football stadium. 

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It really is a shame how often Williamsburg's development gets overlooked on this forum. There are some really great things happening there right now!

 

 

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Well The Jewish Mother has a history in Williamsburg. They had an excellent location here for years until very recently. Williamsburg is partly a college town and seeing that it's literally a minute's walk from William and Mary's campus, I'm sure it'll do extremely well. Not to mention the numerous other bars in and around downtown Williamsburg that make lots of money thanks to college students. 

 

Source: I'm a student at the College and it's all anybody's been talking about for the past few months. 

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Nice. They are finally going to take advantage of the empty space back there. It is sad to lose the Hallowscream mazes they had back there though. I worked those mazes every year from ages 18-23.

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