March 13, 2017
Napoleon’s site townhouses heading back to ARB
Each four-story, brick townhouse would have an elevator, according to architect Albert Hinckley. This view shows how the development would look from Waterloo Street.
67 Waterloo St. Project
• What: 10 proposed townhouses in Warrenton Historic District.
• Site: 0.57 acre, where the Eppa Hunton House and additions housed Napoleon’s Restaurant. Fire in July 2014 damaged the historic buildings beyond repair, forcing demolition.
• Property owner: Horacio Magalhaes, H&C Investors LLC of Manassas Park.
• Architect: Albert Hinckley with Hinckley, Shepherd, Norden Architects.
• Townhouses: Four-story units, 26 feet wide and 42 feet deep.
• Needed: Certificate of appropriateness from Architectural Review Board.
• Previous: ARB rejected plan in September 2015; applicant attempted to appeal to town council which sent project back to review board. The ARB in February 2016 postponed a decision and conducted a work session with the applicant in March 2016.
• Next: The ARB will conduct another work session with the applicant on Thursday, March 23.
A revised plan for 10 townhouses on the former Napoleon’s Restaurant at 67 Waterloo St. will head back to the Warrenton Architectural Review Board next week.
The applicant will discuss the proposal’s changes in a work session with the ARB on Thursday, March 23.
H&C Investors LLC of Manassas Park owns the half-acre lot that sits in the historic district at a transition between residential to commercial uses in Old Town.
The applicant seeks a certificate of appropriateness from the ARB, required for construction in the Warrenton Historic District.
To address concerns from the ARB work session in March 2016, Albert Hinckley, senior architect with Hinckley, Shepherd, Norden Architects, altered the project by eliminating the “sawtooth” arrangement of townhouses along Diagonal and Smith streets and addressing the relationship to Waterloo Street.
“They’re much simpler, less in-your-face,” Mr. Hinckley said of the new design. “It’s much more Waterloo-oriented.”
Measuring 26 feet wide and 42 feet deep, each townhouse would be slightly larger than previously planned.
Two units would front Waterloo Street, with three facing Diagonal Street and five along Smith Street.
Mr. Hinckley described the townhouses as “pretty up-market,” geared toward “people retiring.”
Each brick unit would have an elevator, two-car garage and a roof deck. The first floor of each townhouse would contain storage space and a library.
A living room, kitchen, breakfast nook and dining room would occupy the second floor.
Three bedrooms and a laundry room would occupy the third floor, and a sunroom and deck would occupy the roof.
The townhouses facing Waterloo would have porches above the entryways.
The ARB has two new members, Laura Bartee and Kevin Roop, who replaced Melissa Wiedenfeld and James “J” Tucker after their January resignations.
“We hope they will like it,” Mr. Hinckley said of the board and its reaction to the revised plan.
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citizen observer · March 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm
It's sad the ARB couldn't get together over an argument about slave quarters and save a historic building and restaurant.
Now it's just going to be more houses, about all that can be built in this town and county.
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