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Afton Inn Redevelopment Plan Announced

31 July 2017 News

Above, artist’s rendering of a rebuilt Afton Inn.

Following a closed session on Friday July 28, the Front Royal-Warren County EDA Board of Directors approved a plan to move forward with redevelopment of the long-dormant Afton Inn.

That plan developed by MODE Partnership LLC begins with demolition of the old Afton Inn. If the necessary permitting is acquired from the Town of Front Royal, demolition could begin this fall, according to a press release issued by the EDA.

A photo of the original building, circa late 1930s.

The plan developed by the MODE group in conjunction with Carter-Burton Architecture of Berryville is to rebuild along the outer design of the old Afton Inn. According to architect’s drawings released Friday, the new three-story structure will contain six apartments and a commercial first floor, including a restaurant with a beer garden and live music.

Projected cost of the project to the Northern Virginia-based development group is $2.1 million dollars. The EDA will maintain ownership during at least a portion of the developmental process.

The EDA has been marketing the boarded-up structure dating to 1867 for the Town of Front Royal since 2014. That is when the town acquired the derelict building in a controversial swap for its just-abandoned old Town Hall not far from the Afton Inn site.

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