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May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Big hospital project nearly done

1993 — Fauquier Hospital has all but finished a four-renovation and expansion project that includes a new, two-story lobby.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 7, 1993

Hospital completes $12.9-million project

After four years of planning, fundraising and construction, Fauquier Hospital has nearly finished a major expansion and modernization of the 35-year-old facility.

The $12.9-million project included the renovation of more than 37,000 square feet of existing space, the addition of 27,000 square feet and new, state-of-the-art equipment.

“It’s been a long project,” Hospital Administrator Rodger Baker said. “It’s been pretty disruptive. No services were interrupted, but there was a lot of inconvenience, a lot of noise. It went slowly.

“Some of the changes offer more convenience,” said Baker, noting that many elements of the project reflect the change toward increased outpatient services.

The work included a new emergency department, a permanent CT scanner, a centralized area for all rehabilitation departments, a new two-story lobby, additional operating room space, doubled parking space, a new roadway for better traffic flow around the hospital and a new laundry, sterile processing and central supply areas.

Budget cuts 8 jobs, holds real estate levy to 98 cents

The Fauquier supervisors this week adopted a new spending plan that keeps the tax rate under a dollar but eliminates eight county government jobs.

The $84.8-million budget includes the biggest employee layoff in county history.

Despite the cuts in personnel, the supervisors still raised the real estate tax five pennies to 98 cents per $100 assessed value.

The approved school budget of $53.4 million represents an increase of $4.8 million. More than half of that increase will go toward opening Liberty High School in the fall of 1994.

Green light for Auburn Dam

After more than 25 years of planning and debate, the Fauquier supervisors this week made a major commitment toward construction of the controversial Auburn Dam east of Warrenton.

The board Tuesday approved a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to share the cost of designing the dam.

The $891,000 contract calls for the county to pay 18 percent of the design costs — or $166,049. The federal agency will cover the rest.

In the past, the supervisors have supported the project and even set money aside for the dam, but they’ve been hesitant to sign a design agreement without a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit in hand.

The 78-foot-high earthen and concrete structure, planning three-tenths of a mile upstream from the historic village of Auburn, would provide flood control and a possible drinking water supply.

Board of Supervisors Chairman George Herbert (Scott District), who questions the need for the dam, voted against the measure, calling it “very ill-advised.”

The board voted, 3-1, to sign the contract, with Jim Green (Marshall) absent. Green said later he supports the dam’s construction.

Warrenton to consider Gold Cup rezoning

The town manager has driven all around the 135 acres. He’s looked down on it from Broadview Manor. He’s looked up from Gay Road and over from the Fauquier High School stadium.

“I’ve tried to visualize what the field would look like with 400 houses on it,” John Anzivino said. “And, it’s difficult.”

For decades, the rolling Broadview Farm pasture hosted a flurry of activity and about 20,000 people for the Virginia Gold Cup Races each May. Other than another steeplechase in the fall, the place remains serene.

Next Tuesday night, the town council again will consider the land’s future as the largest subdivision in Warrenton.

The town annexed the property last July, almost four years after the county board of supervisors had approved plans for 424 homes there.

Upperville-bred Sea Hero wins Kentucky Derby

Sea Hero brought tears to the eyes of both his owner and his trainer last week, when he roared past the leaders in the homestretch to win the Kentucky Derby.

“You can’t put into words what this means,” owner Paul Mellon of Upperville told reporters after the race.

Sea Hero was bred at Mellon’s Rokeby Stables just outside Upperville and became the second Fauquier-bred horse in 13 years to win the Derby. Buckland Farm’s Pleasant Colony won the 1981 race.

“This is the ultimate. This is the best,” said 72-year-old trainer Mack Miller. “It almost makes you cry.”

At 13-to-1 shot enter the race, Sea Hero finished 2-1/2 lengths ahead of pre-race favorite Prairie Bayou in a time of 2:02 2/5.

Approaching the backstretch, jockey Jerry Bailey kept Sea Hero on the inside rail, wondering if he should move outside and attempt to pass the frontrunners. Then, his chance appeared right in front of him.

“It was like the parting of the Red Sea,” Bailey said of the opening at the head of the stretch run.


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