Members of the Washington Town Council and Planning Commission toured the site for the proposed Rush River Commons development on July 7, a mixture of residential and commercial buildings that could be one of the first things people will see when driving into Washington.
The Taylors’ rezoning request has had a mixed reception from the community. While some county residents voiced support for the Taylors’s intentions, neighbors on Woodward Road argued that traffic in Sperryville is already a chronic concern, and the narrow lane off the village’s Main Street is “not built for more traffic.”
It’s been several years since locals and visitors last rubbed elbows at the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, but with new ownership and crisp modern wallpaper, the inn will soon welcome back tourists and county residents alike. Dowling said he hopes to open the five-bedroom guest house sometime in July, along with a full-service restaurant and a tasting room serving wine, beer and spirits.
The study was sponsored by the Sperryville Community Alliance (SCA), a nonprofit group of local business leaders and community members. The volunteer organization sponsors community activities such as the SperryFest duck race on the Thornton River, concerts and walking trails.
The Washington Town Council and Town Planning Commission met on Saturday, June 12, to continue discussions about Rush River Commons, the proposed mixed-use development which would transform the 9-acre site of the former Black Kettle Motel into affordable housing units, a home for the Rappahannock Food Pantry and office spaces for local “nonprofits, health providers and service agencies.”
Nick Dowling, owner of the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, withdrew a pending application that was expected to come up for public hearing before the Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 16. Dowling originally applied for a special exception permit to operate a “conference center or resort” as defined by county code, which would have allowed him to provide temporary lodging, meals, entertainment and recreation to more than 40 guests on the 79.5-acre Blue Rock property.
The ambition of the Rush River Commons might be the “fix” for something that simply isn’t broken, but it could and likely would have the effect of forever changing the easy, quiet pace and the “down home” way of life here.
The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved a Harris Hollow resident’s proposal to start a sawmill business on Wednesday night and heard an application for a new brewery on Route 211 in Sperryville.
After 16 years of fits and starts, a 774-home mixed-use development in Jeffersonton called Clevenger’s Village is set to break ground this year. In January, Culpeper zoning administrators signed off on construction plans for the first phase of construction, which will add 115 single-family homes, and the developer indicated this month that construction at the site will begin soon.
It is now squarely in the hands of Washington officials to determine whether or not to approve plans for Phase 1 of the Rush River Commons, a project that promises to become the first mixed-use development of its kind in Rappahannock County.
Washington’s wastewater battle eased into a truce Monday evening, with the Town Council agreeing unanimously to chop its proposed water and sewage rate increase to 11 percent from 25 percent, and to hold the reduced hike in abeyance until a year-end review confirms that higher rates are necessary.
The project formerly known as Black Kettle Commons has been reborn with a new name: Rush River Commons. And with the new name comes a new strategy for developing the nine-acre Washington parcel bounded by Warren Avenue, Leggett Lane and Route 211 which straddles the line between the county and the town of Washington.
In March, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed new legislation into law that will strengthen conservation easements and ensure that they prevail in perpetuity. The bipartisan bill was sponsored in the Virginia House of Delegates by Del. Michael Webert, R-18th, who represents Rappahannock County.
The Board of Zoning appeals made no determination last night on an application for a setback variance submitted by Charles R Wood Builders Inc. The Manassas-based company purchased a 0.93-acre L-shaped property off Zachary Taylor Highway (Route 522) “intending to construct a 2,400 square foot dwelling” on it, according to the application.
At its regular monthly meeting Monday night at town hall, the Washington Town Council unanimously approved a special-use permit for Patty O’s, the cafe that the Inn at Little Washington plans to open sometime this year in the old post office building on Main Street.
Once the new Washington Post Office begins to take shape, a group of residents wants to ensure its construction adheres to the historic charm of Rappahannock County’s seat.
Part 2 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
At its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Washington Town Council appointed former council member Jean Goodine to a vacant seat on the council, and heard at length from town resident Chuck Akre about his hopes for development of the Black Kettle Commons on the northeastern edge of town.
Affordable housing, community center, office space eyed for nine-plus acres; Who’s who of architects, design engineers assembled for site planning
Wingate Appraisal Service is under contract to carry out this project. Wingate staff members are now compiling market data from different areas of the county, verifying existing information and collecting additional data, as needed.
Much of what we learned from Part One of our special report on housing came from responses to our Community Housing Questionnaire. We’re still seeing those points reflected in the handful of additional responses to our online survey since we published Part One. If you’d like to participate, …
The iconic 18th century grist mill on the edge of Little Washington, which ground wheat and corn for a thriving frontier settlement that would eventually become Rappahannock County, is gearing up to breathe new life as “The Old Mill Inn.”
It’s official: at long last, Little Washington is getting its post office back. On Thursday, town officials gathered at the corner of Warren Avenue and Leggett Lane to break ground at the new construction site.
Rappahannock County, always an attractive property market for urban dwellers looking for a weekend escape or retirement sanctuary, has become even more appealing in the midst of a pandemic, with demand accelerating in recent weeks, according to local real estate agents.
Rappahannock County has grappled with the issue of affordable housing for years. It still is. As detailed in Part One of our “Home Sweet Home?” special report two weeks ago, 120 responses to an extensive community questionnaire clearly show housing challenges for residents and those who would like to live here.
Much of what we learned from Part One of our special report on housing came from responses to our Community Housing Questionnaire. We’re still seeing those points reflected in the handful of additional responses to our online survey since we published Part One.
‘It won’t be broken up. These are working lands. And it would be our hope that a future buyer is someone who also views them as working lands’
A new nonprofit group, Rappahannock Communities, has been formed to address the issue of affordable housing in the county amid growing discussion about whether there is a problem and, if so, what the nature of the problem is.
In 2018, the number of real estate transactions in the Piedmont region including Rappahannock County declined from the previous year, “however there were some notable bright spots,” says Adam Beroza, vice president of sales and marketing for Cheri Woodard Realty.