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This year, the City of Williamsburg hired a new city manager, hometown musicians who made it big returned to perform at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and redevelopment remained a focus City Council.
Find these stories and more highlights from the year in WYDaily’s annual review.
- Colonial Williamsburg’s official website was among several American sites hit during a cyberattack attributed to ISIS. The attack came about a week after the living history museum offered to house artifacts at risk of destruction in Iraq.
- City Council approved a bid from Branscome Inc. to fulfill the city’s annual road resurfacing project.
- The Economic Development Authority from each of the greater Williamsburg localities – the City of Williamsburg, York County and James City County – voted to recommend the money currently sent to the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance instead be redirected to a new local group.
- City Manager Jack Tuttle’s proposed his budget for fiscal 2016, which was the largest since 2009.
- Chowning’s Tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street reopened as an alehouse with a remodeled interior and a new menu.
- A traveling art exhibit, Las Bicicletas, came to the city for a six-month run. The art from Sculptor Gilberto Aceves Navarro was put on display around Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown.
- City Council made studying the affordable housing situation a focus in early 2015. With the city’s small population expected to increase by more than 3,000 people by 2040, WYDaily took a closer look at the challenges the city faces as it addresses housing.
- City Council adopted a $56.4 million budget, its largest since 2009, for fiscal 2016. Among the changes from the initial proposal was a $100,000 increase in its contribution to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.
- Discount grocer Aldi announced its plans to open a store on Richmond Road.
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Mitchell Reiss announced the living history museum intended to open a petting farm in Market Square and a live-fire musket range to help boost visitation numbers through more interactive features.
- Ten years after their concert in support of 92.3 The Tide’s launch, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers returned to Williamsburg to celebrate the station’s birthday.
- Andrew Edwards, an archaeologist with Colonial Williamsburg and a longtime member of the city’s Architectural Review Board, was appointed to the Planning Commission. Edwards filled the seat left vacant by Dan Quarles’ departure earlier in the year.
- Chris Connolly, the first College of William & Mary student to serve on the Planning Commission, stepped down to pursue a job opportunity in New York City after graduating earlier in the month. David Julien, president of Williamsburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was appointed to fill the seat.
- The Williamsburg City Council approved the demolition of the White Lion Hotel and the Country Hearth Inn, both on Capitol Landing Road, months after purchasing them to help guide redevelopment in that corridor.
- A small plate tapas-inspired dining bar and restaurant called Triangle opened on Prince George Street, putting the city-owned Triangle Building at full capacity.
- The Williamsburg Fire Department reported it received more than $49,000 in grants in fiscal 2015, most of which went toward buying an extractor to clean firefighters’ gear.
- Interment fees for Cedar Grove Cemetery on South Henry Street increased for the first time since 1997.
- Robby Willey, co-owner of Virginia Beer Company, was appointed to the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.
- Country artist Canaan Smith, a Lafayette High graduate, paid tribute to his roots with a free concert at Matoaka Amphitheatre ahead of the release of his debut album Bronco.
- On the same day longtime city manager Jack Tuttle retired, the city announced the hire of Marvin Collins III – an assistant city manager in Fort Myers – would take on the role. Earlier in the month, City Council honored Tuttle for his 24 years of service.