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Banking on change in Marshall

Tuesday, Jan. 27 | By James Ivancic
Marshall's old PNC Bank could soon be a new apartment complex.

There are plans to convert the former bank building on Marshall's Main Street to two stories of apartments over office or retail space on the ground floor.

Marshall Legacy LLC, with Michael Brigante as managing director, filed an application with the Fauquier County Department of Community Development for a special exception to allow the residential units. The proposed new use of the building was discussed during a county planning commission work session on Jan. 15 and the special exception application will be on the agenda for the board's Feb. 19 meeting. The commission's recommendation would then go to the county Board of Supervisors for consideration.

Plans call for enlarging the partial third floor to create a full three-story building. The structure will have six apartments on the third floor and four on the second with a mix of one and two-bedroom units. Enhancements will be made to the facade.

The building at 8372 Main St. near Frost Avenue is 32,684 sq. ft. in size and zoned for commercial use. It was built in 1922 with an addition made in the 1970s.

PNC Bank vacated the building in November 2013. The property is under contract, according to Anne Michael Greene, principal broker-realtor with Marshall Real Estate.

The planning commission was told that there is no prospective commercial tenant for the ground floor yet.

Residential over commercial is permitted through approval of a special exception in the C-1 district, according to Adam Shellenberger, senior planner/urban designer with the Fauquier County Department of Community Development. The applicant, therefore, won't need any other special permissions to use the building as proposed.

Should the special exception be approved by the Board of Supervisors, the applicant would then need to get a site plan approved and all appropriate building permits, Shellenberger said.

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