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Regional artisan, cultural center planned in Va

Thursday - 1/24/2013, 6:58am  ET

LEXINGTON, Va. - Plans are in the works for a regional artisan and cultural center in Rockbridge County.

County businessman and former county supervisor Bobby Berkstresser says he and a group of Shenandoah Valley investment partners are finalizing plans for the $11 million center.

The center off Interstates 81 and 64 in Raphine is expected to open in the summer of 2014.

Officials say the center will provide travelers an affordable, enjoyable, memorable cultural and culinary experience of the Shenandoah Valley. It will include an artisan demonstration area and retail center; the new Virginia National Guard Museum, and a Virginia-made food and wine shop.

The group projects that the new center could attract as many as 500,000 travelers annually once the facility is completed and widely publicized.

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