Article date: November 16, 1999

Authority announces street names for the business park

By: Diane Hartson

Fred Fosters longtime push for redevelopment of the Avtex Fibers Superfund site has resulted in lasting fame, at least among those using the road to the planned business park.

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority voted Friday to approve a plan for the park that lists the names for new roads, including Fred Foster Drive.

Foster isn’t the only local resident commemorated at Shenandoah Business Park. Other road names include Bill Barnett Court, Ed Stump Court, Success Court and Cadac Court, which is named for the Citizens Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Barnett, a former chairman of the authority, also has worked on the redevelopment effort.

The Citizens Economic Development Advisory Committee, a now-defunct citizens group, pushed to revamp economic development efforts in Warren County.

Ed Stump Court will provide access to Ed Stump Park, where state of the art soccer fields are planned with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation.

"Fantastic, that is great," said Foster when told of his namesake roadway. Foster said the road name was a "nice surprise" and "quite an honor."

Barnett, who didn’t comment when the plan was approved Friday, said Monday he was honored " that my colleagues on the EDA wanted to do that. I appreciate the gesture."

Authority Director Stephen A. Heavener chose the road names when he drafted a plan to lay out the proposed business park.

The plan includes development lots ranging in size from five to 22 acres.

"I believe the foundation of all the successes we’re experiencing now are because of the efforts of Bill and Fred," he said. " I want to recognize their legacy to the economic development success of the former Avtex plant."

The authority expects to take ownership of about 500 acres at the Avtex site by the end of the year.

Its redevelopment plans call for a mixed-use business park. The eastern half will contain a hotel and conference center, while the western half will house a nature preserve to be used for recreation.