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Falwell Parkway one step closer

The House of Delegates voted 90-3 Monday to name a section of U.S. 460 in Lynchburg the Jerry Falwell Parkway, which means only the signature of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is necessary to complete the naming. The section of U.S. 460 between the Monacan Bridge in Lynchburg and Wards Road in Campbell County will carry the name of Falwell, who died May 15 at the age of 73.

The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, with an endorsement in the House by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell County.

Byron told House members Monday that the stretch of road covers much of the area where Falwell spent his life, reaching from Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University on the south side of Lynchburg to an area to the east where his ancestors settled 200 years ago and his father’s businesses were located.

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The Plaza Has New Developer

It’s under contract and the new developer has major plans. Liberty University says they’ve sold The Plaza to a Virginia developer. They can’t release details because it’s under contract, but it sold for more than 11.7 million dollars.  The Plaza was donated to Liberty several months ago by the shopping center’s previous owner.

Liberty is expected to make an announcement for The Plaza’s plans in the next couple of months.

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Update on the car crash

The Lynch Station man found dead at the scene of a traffic accident at Liberty University on Saturday night died of natural causes not related to the crash, according to a Lynchburg Police Department press release issued Sunday.James R. Dowdy, 61, died after an accident at the school’s Williams Stadium, on University Boulevard, Saturday night.

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Local Man Killed In Crash On LU’s Campus

A car ran off the road and down an embankment into Williams Stadium on the campus of Liberty University around 8:30 on Saturday night. It happened in the 1900 block of University Blvd.

Lynchburg Police say the driver, 61-year-old, James R. Dowdy of Lynch Station was pronounced dead at the hospital around 9:05 p.m.

Police are investigating this crash. If you have any information please call the Lynchburg Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (434) 455-6047

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The donated “The Plaza” may be sold

Less than five months after The Plaza was donated to Liberty University, the property may change hands again.

The school may sell the $11.7 million shopping center to a “reputable developer” who has made an offer on the property.

A draft contract is in the works, and the school is probably a few days away from signing.
That would begin a 90-day closing process, anytime during which the potential buyer could back out.

Because of a confidentiality agreement, Falwell JR. could not name the potential buyer or disclose the proposed amount of the sale.

In September, the Arizona-based Sandor Development Co. donated the 42-acre, 467,000-square-foot shopping center to the university.

Located off Memorial Avenue near E.C. Glass High School, the center is home to a Carmike movie theater, outsourcing firm StarTek and a variety of stores.

The Plaza was once the hub of Hill City shopping, but River Ridge mall, and later the Wards Road corridor, hurt its popularity. For years, Lynchburg officials have planned revitalization efforts around The Plaza.

Falwell previously had looked into the possibility of locating the school’s Distance Learning Program offices to The Plaza.
With this new development, the school may instead consider purchasing portions of the old Thomas Road Baptist Church for offices that don’t need to be on the main campus.

Currently, the old church property is used for youth athletic leagues and some other church services.

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