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April 10, 2019

Big donations help fund Marshall Main St. project

Marshall Main St. Project
• Estimated cost: $6.2 million

Key features:

• New sidewalks and crosswalks along Main Street from just east of Winchester Road (Route 17) to just west of Frost Street near the old IGA.

• New sidewalks and crosswalks on Winchester Road.

• Moving electrical, phone and cable TV lines underground, eliminating utility poles.

• New street trees, lamps, benches and landscaping.

• A decorative, knee-high brick wall fronting 7-Eleven store at Rectortown Road and Main Street.
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After a decade of delays and frustration, the board of supervisors Thursday might finally agree to move ahead with the Marshall Main Street renovations.

Four family foundations and a Northern Fauquier resident preliminarily have pledged at least $610,000 to help cover the cost of burying utility lines along a one-block portion of Marshall’s Main Street.

Moving the lines from utility poles to underground conduits represents a major component of an estimated $6.3-million makeover of the block.

The donors include:

• Warrenton-based PATH Foundation, $385,000.

Jacqueline Mars of The Plains, $100,000 to $200,000. 

• Ohrstrom Family Foundation of New York City, $100,000.

• Wise Foundation of The Plains, $15,000.

• The William M. Backer Foundation of The Plains, $10,000.

“It took a lot of hard work by a lot of people” to raise the money to bury the lines, county Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel (Marshall District) told the Marshall Business and Residents Association members Tuesday night.

Ms. McDaniel and a group of Marshall residents and business people last October launched a campaign to raise $1.5 million to bury utility lines along the one-block portion of Main Street and to cover related costs.

The board of supervisors on Thursday will approve $300,000 for moving the lines. The county also will apply $367,000 in developer proffer money to that work. Those appropriations and the $610,000 in donations total almost $1.3 million.

Ms. McDaniel remains hopeful that amount will be sufficient to get the job done.

In addition to moving utility lines underground, other key features of the Main Street improvement project include:

• New sidewalks and crosswalks along Main Street from just east of Winchester Road (Route 17) to just west of Frost Street near the old IGA.

• New sidewalks and crosswalks on Winchester Road.

• New street trees, lamps, benches and landscaping.

• A decorative, knee-high brick wall fronting 7-Eleven store at Rectortown Road and Main Street.

The project could be advertised for construction bids in about 60 days, Ms. McDaniel explained to the MBRA.

“It’s possible that construction will start in the fall,” the supervisor added.

The project could take up to 12 months to complete, Ms. McDaniel said.

“It’s very weather-dependent,” she said of the construction schedule.

In other matters Thursday, the supervisors will:

• Discuss a 10-page draft of Fauquier’s broadband strategy during a 2 p.m. work session. Consultant Lanny Cornwell, who prepared the document after extensive interviews of the supervisors, will review the document and take board questions.

• Conduct a public hearing on Great Marsh Place LLC’s special exception permit request to continue to conduct events at the 121.6-acre farm on Marsh Road (Route 28) northeast of Bealeton. The applicant seeks approval to have 55 events per year, with up to 200 people per event.

After a brief public hearing March 21, Fauquier’s planning commission recommended the applicant should be allowed a maximum 24 events per year, with up to 200 people per event.

The board will consider an option that would allow up to 48 events per year. Attendance at a minimum 24 events would be limited to 100 guests; attendance at a maximum 24 events would be limited 200 guests; events with more than 100 guests would be limited to Saturdays.

The applicant also seeks special permit approval to operate a bed-and-breakfast in Great Marsh Estate’s 2-1/2 story, 10,370-square-foot stucco house. The planning commission recommended bed-and-breakfast guests be limited to 10 at any time.

The late Fauquier architect, Claude “Toad” Ritchie designed the home, completed in 1989 and featured in Virginia Living Magazine about a decade ago.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.

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