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Village Walk at New Town-Williamsburg VA

 

photo 1Eagle Construction has broken ground on its first project in the Williamsburg VA area.

Village Walk at New Town, located near Trader Joes in the Settlers Market portion of New Town.

Details are still being confirmed but it seems that they are building three level townhomes similar to what they have built in Shire Place and Short West Broad Village in the  Short Pump area of Richmond VA. There will be 107 town homes in this section.

These charming, three story townhomes are the perfect place to call home. Enter through the gracious front door or roomy two-car garage to find a welcoming flex room. Use it as a home office, media room, kid’s hangout — the options are endless and yours to enjoy. On the main floor you’ll find casual elegance galore, with the careful attention to details that makes this home uniquely yours. The spacious eat-in kitchen naturally leads through the sunny dining area to the bright and stylish family living room with french doors to the generous front porch. Upstairs you’ll find generous bedrooms, including the exceptional Master Retreat with walk-in closet.

Shire PlaceThe town homes at Village Walk are Virtually No Maintenance. Homeowners will enjoy the unique neighborhood concept  with charming facades and front porches facing each other across landscaped greenspaces. Brick, stone, shingle and clapboard siding make sure that each home is uniquely stylish. Inside you’ll find large sunny windows and tasteful details waiting for you to personalize to your heart’s content. Whether you prefer warm granite, sleek stainless steel, or glass mosaic tiles, your home becomes a fitting reflection of you, ready to furnish with personal favorites and stylish new buys. Best of all — no outside maintenance so you can enjoy the lush landscaping and architectural detail with no worries or responsibilities.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more!Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

 

On my website You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com
I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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New restaurant opening in New Town

Saporni Ristorante Italiano will open in New Town on Monday, July 15, 2013

The opening will feature the work of award-winning artists, Lynn Hosegood, with her Italian watercolors series paintings, and Dorothy Greos’ abstract paintings.

The restaurant will be the second location for owners Giuseppe and Angela Amato, with their sons, Dario and Luca , the other restaurant is in Chester, VA

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The family is from  Carini, a small town on the outskirts of the capital of Sicily. The Amato Family has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years  at their restaurant in Chester.VA and delight in making people feel welcome while enjoying a taste of home.

image"Sapori" is the Italian word for "flavors", and our vision for Sapori is one of authentic, fresh flavors that are a fusion between traditional Sicilian recipes and modern culinary concepts.  Their dishes, most of which come from generations-old family recipes, feature fresh-grown spices from our indoor herb garden. Contrary to the fast-paced world in which we live where prepared foods are full of preservatives and additives, Sapori uses fresh ingredients and handmade sauces as the foundation of it’s flavorful menu. The restaurant shops for local ingredients when in season and display work from local artists to support the community/

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Construction moving along at Settlers Market in Williamsburg

Construction crews are busy at work on the Settlers Market shopping center in James City County. Once complete it  will feature 250,000 square feet of retail space along with an adjoining residential component located along Settlers Market Boulevard adjacent to the center.

Construction crews are busy at work on the Settlers Market shopping center in James City County. Once complete it  will feature 250,000 square feet of retail space along with an adjoining residential component located along Settlers Market Boulevard adjacent to the center.

At this point a Spring 2013 opening is planned for the new Stein Mart, HomeGoods ,ULTA Michaels,Dress Barn, Five Below and Shoe Carnival stores.

They will join the existing Trader Joes, Bakers Crust, AT&T,Sleepy’s Long & Foster Real Estate, BB&T Bank as well as a “Wal Mart Neighborhood Market” grocery store that is on track to start construction soon.

The center is being developed by FCP and its partner, Westmoreland Partners,who are represented in retail leasing by the Norfolk office of The Shopping Center Group.

 

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Settlers Market  was acquired by Federal Capital Partners and Westmoreland Partners earlier this year for $13.25 million from Union Bank who foreclosed on the property in Feb 2011

The original owner/ developer was AIG Baker who had originally obtained a $55.5 million note to develop the property with a 350,000-square-foot combination of upscale retail, office and residential space. AIG Baker’s plans  ground to a halt in 2008 with the downturn in the economy

Settlers Market is located at the intersection of Rt 199 and Monticello Avenue and is the gateway for the New Town Master Plan Development Corridor.

The acquisition was the second FCP transaction with Howard Biel and Drew Gorman of WML since the company announced an alliance with the retail veterans in fall 2010. The alliance focuses on purchasing development and redevelopment opportunities, notes on troubled assets and existing income-producing retail assets throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
"Settler’s Market … was in need of a new owner, developer, capital and vision to complete the center," said FCP Managing Partner, Esko Korhonen. "We had the opportunity to purchase the site at a significant discount to in-place cost and will be working closely with representative agencies of James City County and the New Town Associates Design and Review Board to revisit the current site plan so that the project can maximize its potential."

Read more about New Town here

 

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This post is brought to you by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf, known around town as “Mr. Williamsburg” because of his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area and its real estate market. If you are relocating, retiring, seeking a vacation home, or simply curious about homes and neighborhoods in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area, John is happy to help. Click here to send him an email, or call him at 757-254-8136.  

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Are the schools good? How is the traffic? Can you hear planes from nearby airports? Where is the closest grocery store?

It can be daunting to get all the information you need to choose not only the right house, but also the right neighborhood. Schedule one of John’s Neighborhood Orientation tours of communities in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area to get such essentials as:

home prices – shopping centers – military bases – recreational facilities – public and private schools – public transportation – aircraft/traffic noise – high potential accident zones – flood zones – playgrounds – major traffic patterns and commute times

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Wal Mart breaking ground soon for Neighborhood Market in New Town/ Settlers Market

Wal-Mart is nearly ready to break ground on its Neighborhood Market off Monticello Avenue.

"We don’t have a certain grand opening date yet," said spokesman William Wertz. "We hope to start construction shortly after the new year. We’re going through the final phases of getting all the permits in order."

The new 41,785-square-foot grocery store will be the latest addition at Settler’s Market, which has restarted construction after building ceased and the site was auctioned a few years ago.

Wal-Mart dodged those troubles. It bought the eight-acre property at the corner of Monticello and Route 199 for $6 million in 2008, separately from Settler’s Market, and has been quietly sitting on its plans. This year, the company received approvals from New Town’s Design Review Board and the county’s Planning Commission Design Review Committee to move ahead.

Unlike the  Wal-Mart’s, this store is mostly a grocery and will not carry clothing. Along with regular produce, it will carry locally grown produce as well as having a deli and a bakery

More of the story here in the VA Gazette

Read more about New Town here

Location map for Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in New Town

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Holiday skating at New Town rink

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg’s first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

Presented by Iron-Bound Gym in partnership with James City County and New Town the synthetic rink will be open seven days a week until  January 13th, 2013.

Skating is $7/person including skate rental or $5/person with your own skates. All participants must wear ice skates. Season passes are also available for $50/person and include skates. Children under age 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg's first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

See below for more specifics….

So “Does it look like real ice?”  from a distance it looks like the real thing, Up close, the plastic panels appear snapped together like puzzle pieces.

So what’s it like to skate on synthetic ice ? While I am not a skater bit it felt  hard to move your feet. It didn’t feel as slippery as real ice so you can’t go as fast. which is probably a good thing. When you stop moving your feet you stop moving, so you don’t have that overwhelming slipping feeling.

No one claims it exactly replicates ice. There’s a resistance. You’re actually pushing off and stroking harder. I am told the surface is good for training because beginners become “stronger at a faster rate.

The rink uses a plastic polymer injected with oils that are released “when the blade heats up and melts the top layer of the polymer. It should become slipperier as more people skate it.

. “You really need a large amount of people on there to get the oils worked around,” she said. “It’s not ice, obviously.”

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg's first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

Ice Skating is coming to New Town

Ironbound Gym, Town Management and James City County are partnering on ice this holiday season! The team is offering citizens and visitors another family-friendly recreational opportunity in New Town, a synthetic ice skating rink in Sullivan Square. The rink opens daily after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 through Jan.13. There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours. The rink is closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Skating is $7/person including skate rental or $5/person with your own skates. Season passes are also available for $50 and include skates. Sullivan Square is located behind Legacy Hall in New Town, 4301 New Town Ave.

The rink opens daily, Nov. 23 through Jan. 13. There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours.

imageSkating is conducted in sessions: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Operation hours may be adjusted based on weather conditions, participation numbers and special events. Children aged 11 and younger must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. All participants must wear skates.

The skate rink surface is made of an EZ Glide 350 synthetic ice surface, offering a smooth surface suitable for skaters of all ages and abilities.

For more information on skating, please call the JCC Park Office at 757-259-5360 or check the website

2012 –2013 Hours Nov. 23–Dec. 20, Weekdays: 4-9:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday: noon-7:30 p.m.

Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1, Weekdays: noon-9:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday: noon-7:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Closed

Weekends Only, Jan. 4-13, Saturday: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday: noon-7:30 p.m.
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Ice Rink Skating Into New Town in Williamsburg

James City County is going to have a white Christmas even if there’s no snow.

The County  is currently collecting bids to set up a synthetic ice rink in New Town this winter.

"The goal is to provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable family activity for local residents and visitors, imageand increase visitation to the retail businesses and restaurants in the area during the holiday season," the bid solicitation explains.

The county budgeted $95,000 for the rink, which will located at Sullivan Square. They’re not alone in the venture. Iron-Bound Gym committed sponsorship funds even before the budget was released and proposed to the Board of Supervisors this spring.

New Town Management is also collecting donations from various businesses throughout the mixed-use development and helping organize events, sales, decorations and marketing.

Read more of the story here