September 8, 2020
Vint Hill barracks proposal goes before supervisors
A South Boston developer proposes a $25-million project to convert the old Army barracks at Vint Hill into 183 apartments.
• Topic: Rezoning application to amend the concept development plan to allow rehabilitation of two vacant Army barracks on 10.9 acres at Vint Hill for up to 200 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
• 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 and Vint Hill Village LLC.
• Recommendation: By a 5-0 vote, the Fauquier County Planning Commission on Aug. 20 unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning.
Fauquier’s board of supervisors Thursday will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to transform the former Army barracks at Vint Hill into as many as 200 apartments.
Agenda at bottom of story
After an 18-minute public hearing Aug. 20, the Fauquier County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of VHL East LLC and VHL West LLC’s request to rezone 10.9 acres at Sigler Road and Bludau Drive for the proposed use.
The site lies near the southwest corner of the approximately 700-acre former Army base near New Baltimore.
The five-member commission serves as an advisory panel to the supervisors, which have final authority.
Seven people, including developer Edwin Gaskin, spoke in support of the project at the planning commission’s hearing. One person expressed concerns about the project’s impacts on the community.
Ultimately, the Vint Hill Lofts project probably will feature 183 one- and two-bedroom units, according to Mr. Gaskin, president of Echelon Resources Inc. based in South Boston, near Danville and the North Carolina border.
Apartments in the Cold War-era brick structures would rent from about $1,000 to $1,500 per month, with some “discounted for teachers and emergency responders,” according to the application.
The project will take about two years to complete, according to Mr. Gaskin. He put the project’s development cost at more than $25 million. Federal and Virginia historic rehabilitation tax credits will be used to finance it.
If the supervisors approve the rezoning, the project also will require special exception permit approval. That permit review process involves public hearings before the planning commission and the board, which will make the final decision.
The board’s Thursday work session topics include:
• An update on how much federal CARES Act money the county has spent to offset coronavirus pandemic expenses and any new funding requests to address the disease.
Fauquier has received about $12.4 million in virus relief funds.
Based on population formula, county government must a give a portion of that total to Remington, The Plains and Warrenton.
• A $57.4 million construction plan to expand and renovate W.C. Taylor Middle School in Warrenton and expand Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.
The Taylor project would cost an estimated $39.9 million. Under the plan, Warrenton Middle would be repurposed. The Cedar Lee project would cost about $17.5 million. Both projects “assume” the school system will cash-fund 10 percent of the total cost.
Fauquier’s 2021-25 Capital Improvement Program calls for completing both projects in the next three fiscal years. Fiscal 2021 started July 1.
• Birmingham, Ala.-based Retail Strategies’ proposal to provide the county “development services and market analysis” of the retail industry in Warrenton, Marshall, Bealeton, Opal and Remington.
• The allocation $94,000 more in county money to fund Virginia’s “No-Excuse Early Voting” process for the Nov. 3 election presidential and congressional elections. The board already has budgeted $100,000 for in-person early voting.
The money will be used to establish early in-person absentee voting “satellite” polling places in three county-owned buildings — the Vint Hill Community Center, the Bealeton Depot and the Fauquier General Registrar’s office in Warrenton.
Ultimately, the first-year cost to fund the operation could total up to $300,000, according to County Administrator Paul S. McCulla.
That estimate includes additional staffing, secure connections to county and state computer systems, equipment, voting booths, building security, postage and ballots.
Weekday early in-person absentee voting will begin Sept. 18 at the Warrenton office and Oct. 13 at the satellite polling places. That voting option will end at all three locations on Oct. 31.
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Heather Johnson · September 9, 2020 at 6:11 am
Supervisors should keep a close watch on what is happening at the Vint Hill base. Like knocking down buildings and dumping the rubble behind other builings - you can see it on the picture and I presume it is because there was asbestos and the builder did not want to pay for safe disposal. Also in winter washing salt out of trucks to public sewage goes on forever. But nobody pays attention, that's Fauquier county to you.
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