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Virginia’s Newest City Grows Up

July 8, 2008

By Manassas Journal Messenger, Va.

Jul. 8–Manassas Park, the most recent city in Virginia to become a city, is now making its mark in a different way.

Manassas Park has long depended on the strength of its residents to keep it chugging economically, but with Park Center, its newest and most ambitious development, it hopes to turn the tables and

bring in some commercial bucks.

The project will actually combine retail and residential space together into a one-stop shopping experience located near the Virginia Railway Express. Hopefully this development will benefit not just the

Park, but people from around the area.

Workers are frantically trying to get the development ready for the opening of the first residential phase in October.

The development should also have a number of restaurants in addition to other stores, though it is not yet confirmed who has shown interest.

Regardless, it seems clear that this project will expand the reputation of Manassas Park and give it more to bring to the Northern Virginia table.

We commend the city for working to bring this project to fruition. Not content to settle with its lot in life, the city has looked for ways to expand its commercial base, thus relieving some of the economic

burden on its residents, while also making itself a little higher class.

We look forward to the completion of this project and we wish the city and the developers the best of luck as they move forward.

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