Dominion Ridge Academy announces big plans

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Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) is preparing to expand their private Christian educational services at a 9-hole golf course in Warren County.

This non-denominational school teaches preschool through 12th grade currently at New Bible Church on New Lake Avenue. 

Richard Runyon, owner of the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club who recently bought the adjacent Bowling Green golf course, offered part of the Bowling Green property to the academy for its expansion.

DRA will need a conditional-use permit in order to build a school on the property.

At a recent EDA meeting, academy founder Lorraine Hewitt, and Michael Graham, interim chairman, talked to the authority about the expansion plans.

The representatives and board members talked at the special meeting about possible partnerships the school may have with the EDA, the town and county governments or outside agencies for funding opportunities.

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Front Royal issues update on litigation with EDA

The Town of Front Royal provided an update regarding the ongoing litigation with the Front Royal- Warren County Economic Development Authority.

Earlier this year, the Town intensified its efforts to settle the litigation between the parties.

The Mayor, EDA Chair and financial teams established a timeline to address and resolve all outstanding claims.

The process was intricate due to missing documents attributed to the misconduct of former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald and the lack of required EDA audits.

Legal proceedings flowing from the situation have been ongoing for years and led to substantial costs shouldered by town and county residents.

In an effort to prevent further financial strain, the town has decided to nonsuit the lawsuit against the EDA.

The Town remains hopeful that this decision will lead to a constructive response from the EDA and acknowledges the various challenges remaining including unresolved Town of Front Royal interests in public trust properties, currently for sale, or under contract, and other projects.

To view the full press release from the Town of Front Royal, click here.

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Sale of Ward Plaza complete with plans for revitalization

The City of  Winchester reports that Winchester Acquisition Partners LLC has completed the purchase of the Wards Plaza as of the afternoon of June 1st.

The deal was finalized with the help of the Winchester Economic Development Authority (WEDA) to help revitalize the shopping center.

Plans include a mixed-use project with a 40,000 square feet anchor tenant and a mix of residential and retail spaces.

The Winchester EDA is one of Winchester Acquisition Partners LLC’s private financing partners, lending $4 million for the acquisition.

The EDA is an independent governing body so no taxpayer funds will be used for loan payments with the developer making payments directly to the EDA until the loan is paid off.

Winchester EDA Executive Director Jeff Buettner spoke on the opportunity stating, “This acquisition of a property like this, for revitalization in the heart of our city presents a great promise for the future of the City of Winchester. The EDA is very excited to be a key partner in this project.

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Warren County EDA announce a contract on Baugh Drive facility

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A news release from the Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced a contract on the sale of the Baugh Drive facility.

The contract on the  sale of the property was approved on Fri. May 13 to the Shahi Food Group for $5.7 million.

Shahi Food Group projects a $7 million capital investment in the facility.

Shahi also projects a 5 year employment projection of 100 individuals.

The group would like to begin operations in late fall of this year.

Shahi Food Group has been an ice cream producer for over 30 years with distribution to over 2000 retail outlets.

The group already distributes to 20 different states including New York, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio and Virginia.

The company has been given approval to distribute their product in Europe as well.

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News Makers Larry Elliot and Joanne Koszyk of C-Cap

The Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) have finalized a deal on a new facility.

We spoke with Larry Elliot and Joanne Koszyk of C-Cap about the latest development in our latest news maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Larry and Joanne tell us about the new facility and what it means to C-Cap’s clients.

They also tell us about how the new facility will open up opportunities at C-Cap.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on C-Cap’s new storage facility

The Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) of Front Royal Warren County was just given a new storage facility.

The donation of the new location on Kendrick Lane is from the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA).

This came just in time to help C-Cap store the 16,000 pounds of food you donated in our Camping for Hunger campaign last month.

We spoke with Executive Director of C-Cap Joanne Koszyk about this donation in our latest news maker.

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Joanne and all of C-Cap are very excited to have a new place to store their non perishable food supplies.

Joanne tells us what this means for C-Cap and the distribution of items to those in need.

She also talks about future distribution efforts by C-Cap.

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EDA and C-Cap work together to store and distribute food and more

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An email reviewing the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) board meeting reveals two major developments.

The EDA has given the Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) of Front Royal Warren County approval to use their office building Suite C to store and distribute food to those in need.

The use of the site is at no cost to C-Cap while they transition to a lease of Suite B.

The lease of Suite B could occur once C-Cap shows evidence of an insurance policy to cover the use of Suite C.

The EDA and C-Cap will then negotiate the terms of a lease on Suite B and possibly Suite C at the Kendrick Lane office location at an agreed rental rate.

Meanwhile at that same meeting the EDA board gave approval to finalize the details of an agreement with Atlantic Union Bank.

The agreement is to authorize that the EDA give up its claim in the Jennifer McDonald bankruptcy case involving the property formerly owned by Little Rugrats.

The existing bank loan is more than the value of the property.

With the release of the property Atlantic Union Bank will be allowed to sell the property.

In return for the release the EDA can recover a higher percentage of the recovery from the McDonald bankruptcy and save attorney’s fees.

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Front Royal Warren County EDA accept audited financial statement

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The Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board of Directors accepted its audited financial statement for fiscal years 2018-2019.

The audit was conducted by Brown Edwards Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) of Harrisonburg.

The audit for 2019 shows a deficit of $6.5 million.

EDA Board Chairman Jeff Brown states in the press release that the recommended internal controls have been implemented.

Warren County staff members are now administering check writing duties as well as collecting all rents.

These steps or layers of approval were not in place three years ago according the press release from the EDA and Jeff Brown.

All audits, including 2020, and forward will be done by Warren County auditors according to the press release.

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Front Royal Warren County EDA has an interim director appointed

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At the latest Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) board meeting the authority had an interim Executive Director appointed by the Warren county Administrator.

Taryn Logan will serve until the county hires an executive director as current EDA Director Douglas Parsons prepares to leave for a new position in Fauquier County Oct. 1.

Also at the meeting it was announced that as of Oct. 1 all payments to the EDA will be handled by the Warren County Finance Department.

Checks still need to be made out to the EDA but delivered to the Finance Department at 220 N. Commerce Ave. Front Royal.

Checks that are mailed to the EDA from Oct. 1 on may be subject to penalties and late fees.

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Front Royal Warren EDA prepares for board member departures

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The Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) held an executive committee meeting on Fri. Sept. 10 to address the departure of two of it’s board members.

Executive Director Douglas Parson will be leaving for a similar position with Fauquier County Oct. 1.

Assistant Gretchen Henderson left last month.

The committee is confident that they have a plan in place that will allow for a seamless transition for the EDA to remain a competitive entity for investment and expansion of business in Warren County.

The board did not have any specific details about the transition plan.

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