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Abandoned Power Plant Eyed for Redevelopment

New restaurant and condos will capitalize on Rappahannock views, according to report.

New restaurant and condos at abandoned power plant will capitalize on Rappahannock views, according to report. Google Streetview.
New restaurant and condos at abandoned power plant will capitalize on Rappahannock views, according to report. Google Streetview.

An abandoned power plant on the Rappahannock River (and walking distance from the busy downtown district) is getting a second life from local businessman Ed Whelan.

The Free Lance-Star's business writer, Bill Freehling, spoke with Whelan. Read his report, including a look inside the Caroline Street plant.

Owner of The Inn at the Old Silk Mill across the street, Whelan is planning a multi-level restaurant taking advantage of the river view, according to Freehling, along with a "warehouse-style building" to include a parking garage and condos.

Read more of Freehling's report.

Dennis Hannick April 23, 2014 at 08:04 AM
So, who is going to pick up the tab for the flood insurance (and rebuilding all of this) when the river floods up to Charles Street and inundates the entire area? And when it does flood (a matter when, not if), who will pay to evacuate all of the fools who moved in this disaster waiting to happen?

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