March 9, 2021
Final approval expected for Vint Hill apartments
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
A South Boston-based developer plans up to 183 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the former barracks that the Army abandoned more than two decades ago.
We don’t get much housing that’s not single-family and very expensive. This offers an opportunity for young singles and young couples — starting out — to find a place to live in Fauquier County.
— Supervisor Holder Trumbo
• 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: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton.
• Agency: Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.
• Applicants: VHL East LLC and VHL West LLC.
• Landowners: Parkside Village LLC, Vint Hill Village LLC and Fauquier County government.
• Recommendation: By a 5-0 vote, the Fauquier County Planning Commission on Feb. 24 unanimously to recommend approval of the application.
Fauquier’s board of supervisors on Thursday finally expects to sign off on a novel plan to renovate the vacant and abandoned men and women’s Army barracks at Vint Hill into 183 “upscale” apartments.
VHL East LLC and VHL West LLC’s seeks a special exception permit to remodel the two all-brick Cold War-era structures at Sigler Road and Bludau Drive.
The board will conduct a public hearing on the application Thursday, March 11, in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton. The board meets at 6:30 p.m.
Supervisor Holder Trumbo, whose Scott District includes Vint Hill, supports the project.
“Most of the feedback’s been very positive on it,” Mr. Trumbo said Monday.
Among other things, he likes that the Vint Hill Lofts project will give new life to buildings that have suffered years of neglect.
“The community’s complained bitterly that they have sat there and been a blight on their community,” he said of the structures. “And I don’t blame them. If I lived there, I’d be complaining about it, too.”
The project also will provide a welcomed housing option that Fauquier lacks, the supervisor explained.
“We don’t get much housing that’s not single-family and very expensive,” Mr. Trumbo said. “This offers an opportunity for young singles and young couples — starting out — to find a place to live in Fauquier County, which you hear frequently is difficult to do.”
Developer Edwin Gaskin, president of Echelon Resources Inc. based in South Boston, near Danville and the North Carolina border, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Mr. Gaskin began to lay the ground work for the project about two years ago.
In November 2019, the supervisors effectively changed the county ordinance to allow the proposed use, with a special exception permit.
Last September, they approved the applicants’ rezoning request to change Vint Hill’s Concept Development Plan to allow the project on about 10.4 acres that lie at the southwest corner of the approximately 700-acre former Army base near New Baltimore.
The board’s anticipated special exception permit approval on Thursday constitutes its last major legislative action to move the project forward.
An advisory panel to the board, the Fauquier County Planning Commission recommended approval of the zoning amendment, rezoning and special exception permit applications.
Just one person — Mr. Gaskin — spoke during the commission’s Feb. 24 public hearing on the special exception permit application.
Mr. Gaskin would like to start construction later this year and begin to lease 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 board of supervisors Thursday night also will conduct a public hearing on a rezoning that would permit the construction of 48 apartments on Aspen Way in Bealeton.
To participate in Thursday's board meeting in person at the Warren Green Building or virtually, click here.
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