Fauquier developers offer town of Warrenton $3 million for water
--Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Alwington Farm Developers, LLC has not given up hope of getting town water for its embattled project south of the Warrenton Walmart.
In a letter to the town council dated Aug. 2, Russell Marks, managing member of the development, offered about $3 million in connection fees to tap 169 homes into the town's water supply. The developers would also offer $50,000 for a fire suppression system for the Mosby House on Main Street.
The town's council and utilities committee shot down Alwington's previous offer of $1.25 million, plus the $50,000 for a fire suppression system, in early July.
Water is critical to the Alwington development's future. County supervisors have shot down eight proposals from the developers, due in part to concerns from county staff and neighbors that the ground underneath won't yield enough water.
According to town estimates, The developers want 50,700 gallons a day, or 300 gallons a day for 169 units. Warrenton's two reservoirs and a pair of wells can safely produce 2.04 million gallons a day, said Town Engineer Bo Tucker. The town's water system is using about 1.5 million gallons per day, but the remainder is largely spoken for because of obligations to future developments within the town's service district, he said.
The Alwington developers were not present when the utilities committee recommended denial of the first request. In his letter, Marks wrote that Alwington developers couldn't come because the meeting was announced only a few hours before it took place.
Marks also disputed the town's claim that almost all of its water was already spoken for.
"We have met with officials at the Virginia Department of Health and received documentation of the Town's Well No. 3 further supporting the fact that the town currently has ample water and will be bringing additional resources online, sufficient to serve the Arrington project, the Town's existing customers and future businesses and residents of the Town of Warrenton for many years to come," Mark said in the letter.
He said the costs of on-site pump testing of existing wells, to determine whether the development would need a public central water system or individual wells, would be deducted from the $3 million offer.
Marks is not the developer to seek town resources for a development project on that piece of land.
Before Alwington Farms LLC, Centex Homes, wanted access to Warrenton's sewer system.
Centex offered Warrenton $22 million for sewerage. Then it withdrew the offer, coming back with $15 million. The deal fell through when the housing market crash forced Centex to abandon the project.
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