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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.

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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.” 

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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.

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.

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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.

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