City News Roundup: July 18, 2011
Local news you need to read: City officials meet with courthouse design teams; Slavery Museum faces back taxes deadline.
- Editor's Note: Welcome to City News Roundup, a new daily feature on Fredericksburg Patch. Believing that fostering an interest in all locally relevant news, regardless of source, is important for a community, this space will highlight locally focused reporting and other content gathered from the near and far corners of the internet. Look for it every morning in the Fredericksburg Patch daily email newsletter - Michael Theis, Local Editor
- Courthouse Design Firms Meet With City Staff; The Free Lance-Star - City Officials are in the midst of two weeks of meetings with the three remaining design firms competing for a contract to construct a new municipal court facility, according to a report by Robyn Sidersky in today's FLS. The meetings are an opportunity for the design teams and city staff to hash out technical details of the proposed building. Some background: At it's June 15 meeting, and over the objections of Ward 3 Councilor Fred Howe, the City Council chose three design build schemes to move forward with, narrowing the short list from five, all on Princess Anne Street. The three remaining teams feature designs by construction consortiums headed up by Donley's, FirstChoice and W.M. Jordan, respectively.
- Clock Ticking on Slavery Museum Back Taxes; Richmond Times Dispatch, The Free Lance-Star - The organizers behind the stalled National Slavery Museum have less than a month to pay $215,000 in unpaid property taxes to the city of Fredericksburg. If not, the city will begin legal proceedings to acquire and sell the property, according to a July 15 report from the RTD's Zachary Reid, which quotes letters sent from the Richmond law firm Taxing Authority Consulting Services PC to former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder who spearheaded the failed effort at a museum. Any future use of the property would have to deal with deed restrictions placed on the 38 acres of land, valued at $7.6 million, restrict its uses to an "African-American heritage museum of at least 125,000 square feet." A report published by the FLS on Junly 16 adds reaction from city councilors Bea Paolucci and Kerry Devine.