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July 18, 2017

Remington council OKs new town hall contract

Town hall’s south elevation will face Main Street, with the main entrance on the west (left) side. John Mills, an architect who lives in Remington, designed the building, due for completion early next year.
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Bealeton contractor Frank Poland on the site between Main and East Madison streets.
New Remington Town Hall
• What: 2,200-square-foot, one-story town hall.

• Where: Half-acre lot at 105 E. Main St.; property includes building that houses town’s maintenance and police departments.

• Architect: John Mills of Remington.

• Contractor: Frank C. Poland Inc., Bealeton.

• Cost: $420,000.

• Zoning: Commercial. 

• Details: New town hall features a council chamber, which can accommodate up to 36, including citizens, mayor, council and staff; waiting area; town staff and DMV office space; employee “break” room; three restrooms; and storage.

• Construction schedule: Site work could begin in two weeks; contractor has 180 days, or a “reasonable” amount of more time, to complete project; but, barring foul-weather delays and site development complications, Mr. Poland believes it could be finished in three months.
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After more than a decade of fits and starts, Remington soon could get a new town hall.

The six-member town council Monday night unanimously hired Frank Poland to construct a $420,000 municipal building at 105 E. Main St., on a half-acre lot two storefronts west of the existing town hall.

Mr. Poland has up to 180 days to complete the building.

But, barring foul-weather delays and site development complications, the project could be finished in three months, said the Bealeton builder, who has more than 40 years of construction experience.

“I hope it’s going to be fairly simple,” said Mr. Poland, who has built about 200 homes. “But, this is construction. You never know. Hopefully, it will be a breeze.”

His non-residential Remington work includes the town’s maintenance and police department building on East Madison Street and a dentist office on Main Street.

Mr. Poland in about two weeks hopes to begin site work on the new town hall lot, which includes the police and maintenance building.

The lot’s commercial zoning allows the planned town hall by-right.

The new building — 2,200 square feet — will be more than twice the size of the current town hall at 203 E. Main St.

A bigger and modern town hall will be welcomed, Councilman Van M. Loving said in an interview.

About six staff members typically occupy town hall — with three operating a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office. The state pays the town to provide that service.

“The DMV is getting really busy,” Mr. Loving said. “That’s a key issue for us.”

The veteran councilman added: “It’s a long time coming. I have been working on a new town hall probably 13 years.”

Council members praised Mr. Poland, 73, moments before awarding him the contract.

“I don’t personally know Frank, but I hear what they say about different builders,” said Councilman Stanley Heaney Sr., who owns The Corner Deli in town. “You hear a lot when you run a restaurant. And, he’s got a hell of a reputation.”

Mr. Loving called Mr. Poland a “man of his words” who will do right by the town.

Laughing, Mr. Poland added: “Congratulations. It’s your new lucky day. You just got the best.”

Two other Fauquier contractors competed for the project: John James of Goldvein and Ed Boggs of Remington bid $376,000 and $346,207 respectively on the project.

The town will cash-fund the project — using proceeds from the sale of the existing town hall to help pay for it. For tax purposes, the county values the property at $58,800.

Designed by architect John Mills of Remington, the new town hall — clad in composite siding and brick veneer — will include:

• A council chamber, which can accommodate up to 36 people, including citizens, the mayor, council and staff.

• A waiting area.

• Town staff and DMV office space.

• An employee “break” room.

• Three restrooms and storage.
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