February 25, 2021
County planners endorse Vint Hill apartments project
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The plan calls for as many as 183 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with projected rents of $995 to $1,750 a month.
The Cold War-era barracks at Vint Hill have remained vacant since the Army closed its base there 23 years ago.
I’d like to thank you all for your time tonight and the great support you’ve shown the project thus far. Thank you in advance for hopefully passing this special exception this evening.
— Vint Hill Lofts developer Edwin Gaskin
• Topic: Special exception application to convert two vacant Army barracks on 10.4 acres at Vint Hill into a maximum 183 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
• When: 6:48 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton.
• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission.
• Action: Five-member panel unanimously recommended approval of the application.
• Length: About five minutes.
• Speakers: One — project developer Edwin Gaskin.
• Applicants: VHL East LLC and VHL West LLC.
• Landowners: Parkside Village LLC, Vint Hill Village LLC, Fauquier County.
• Next: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. The board will conduct a March 11 public hearing on the special exception and could approve it that night.
As expected, Fauquier’s planning commission Wednesday night backed a proposal to transform two vacant Army barracks at Vint Hill into as many as 183 “upscale” apartments.
After a brief public hearing, the five-member commission unanimously recommended approval of VHL East LLC and VHL West LLC’s special exception permit for the project, which calls for one- and two-bedroom units in the all-brick Cold War-era structures at Sigler Road and Bludau Drive.
Just one person — project developer Edwin Gaskin — addressed the commission during the hearing.
“I’d like to thank you all for your time tonight and the great support you’ve shown the project thus far,” said Mr. Gaskin, president of Echelon Resources Inc. based in South Boston, near Danville and the North Carolina border. “Thank you in advance for hopefully passing this special exception this evening.”
Mr. Gaskin has estimated The Vint Hill Lofts’ development cost at more than $25 million. Federal and Virginia historic rehabilitation tax credits will be used to finance the project.
Planning Commission Chairperson Adrienne Garreau’s Scott District includes the Vint Hill Lofts’ project site.
“I think this is going to be a really worthwhile project,” Ms. Garreau said before the Feb. 24 commission vote. “I’m really looking forward to them getting all their permits and getting started on this.”
The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. The supervisors will conduct a March 11 public hearing on the project and could approve it that night.
The 10.4-acre Vint Hill Lofts site lies at the southwest corner of the approximately 700-acre former Army base near New Baltimore.
Mr. Gaskin would like to start construction later this year and possibly begin leasing apartments in 2023.
Vint Hill Lofts will offer three types of apartments — “studio” units starting at $995 per month, one-bedroom at starting $1,350 per month and two-bedroom starting at $1,750, according to the project website.
At least 80 percent of the units would be one-bedroom apartments and some would be “discounted for teachers and emergency responders,” according to the application.
Vint Hill Lofts will include a club room, fitness center, an outdoor grilling area, storage and business offices.
The supervisors last September granted the applicant’s request to rezone the project site for the proposed use — clearing the way for the special exception permit’s certain approval.
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AngryBob · February 26, 2021 at 10:48 am
I wonder if they'll ever be able to get the mold smell out. The only parts salvageable are the bricks. But, tax credits. Water/sewer already paid for. Good luck getting $1750/month for a 2 bedroom apartment when a 4 bedroom house rents for the same.
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