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September 29, 2021

Clinic with local pharmacy planned in Warrenton

Proposed Building
• Where: Blackwell Road and Walker Drive, Warrenton.

• Size: 7,500 square feet, single story on 0.6-acre lot with commercial zoning.

• Owner: Warrenton Professional Center LC.

• Tenants: Piedmont Urgent Care and Remington Drug Co.

• Features: 9 exam rooms, lab, medical imaging equipment, pharmacy with drive-thru, 30 parking spaces.

• Estimated cost: $2.6 million for construction.

• Required: Special use permit for drive-thru.

• Next: Public hearing before town planning commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.
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One of Fauquier’s largest medical practices and its oldest pharmacy plan a joint venture in Warrenton.

Piedmont Urgent Care and the Remington Drug Co. would occupy a new building that could open in 2024 at Blackwell Road and Walker Drive.

The 7,500-square-foot, single-story building would cost an estimated $2.6 million, according to Steve von Elten, a physician partner in the medical practice and in the separate corporation that owns the real estate.

The proposal needs a special use permit from the town council for a drive-thru pharmacy window. Dr. von Elten, along with his architect and engineer, outlined the proposal Tuesday night during Warrenton Planning Commission work session.

The new structure would stand near the three-story Warrenton Professional Building, which opened in 1997. The larger structure houses Piedmont Family Practice, which includes Dr. von Elten and seven other physicians, along with the urgent care clinic that it opened about a decade ago in the building’s lower level.

Sharing space with the pharmacy would create “a very symbiotic relationship,” improving communications among patients, physicians and pharmacists, he said in phone interview Wednesday.

“On of the things that’s very enticing for me is the collaboration,” said Travis Hale, who owns the Remington Drug Co. with fellow pharmacist Al Roberts. “When I came out (of school), health care felt very siloed.”

Founded in 1913, the Main Street pharmacy in Remington — which still operates a soda fountain — naturally has strong personal relationships with patients in an industry that huge corporations dominate, Dr. von Elten said. That level of engagement makes the pharmacy an attractive partner, he added.

The pharmacy and Piedmont Urgent Care would rent space from Piedmont Professional Center LC, which Dr. von Elten and three partners own.

The pharmacy would maintain its Remington location.

The clinic would have nine examination rooms, a lab and medical imaging equipment. It would flow directly into the pharmacy, making collaboration much easier, the physician said. The existing urgent care clinic has three exam rooms.

The pharmacy drive-thru would have “stacking” space for eight vehicles. The 0.6-acre site — a separate parcel from that for the larger building — has “by-right” zoning for the proposed structure.

Planning commissioners asked questions about the drive-thru location, landscaping and visibility for pedestrians and drivers around the busy intersection.

The commission will conduct a public hearing on the special use permit at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. It could go before the town council in November.

If it wins the permit, the landowner would need site plan approval from the town staff before construction could start. It will take about two years to build the brick structure, Dr. von Elten said.

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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