Fishersville Project

The bulldozing, digging and some building at the Ivy Ridge Development in Augusta County have been going on for almost a year.

Last March, Tom Shields purchased 200 acres of undeveloped land off I-64 and Route 608.

He felt it was just what he wanted, and it had some special benefits like a great transportation system, utilities in place and the county had target the area for growth.
Soon, the land will have 21 commercial lots, 13 industry lots, 67 town homes and 52 single-family home sites.

Shields says it's probably a five to six year project, counting residential, industrial and commercial, he think that is the time table, but it really depends on the economy.
Fed-Ex and Augusta's Chamber of Commerce are the first two residents of the development, but they're expecting more neighbors soon.

Ben Carter from the chamber says they are excited about the project. He says the chamber of commerce was the first organization there, but they are looking forward and very excited about the opportunity of businesses expanding in the area.

One major change in the area will be the relocation of Route 631.

It’s an effort to relieve future congestion at the traffic light, and the road project shouldn't be affected by V-DOT's budget shortfall, because it will be funded by Shields.

He says the development will bring a huge tax base to the area after everything is in place.

Four of the thirteen industrial lots are under contract and seven of the 18 commercial lots are under contract.


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