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Demolition Plans for Century-Old Winchester Building Postponed

7 January 2018 News

The Winchester Board of Architectural Review (BAR) has postponed action on a request to demolish a 135-year-old building on the Loudoun Street Mall for the third time.

The former Brill’s Musicians and Barber Shop at 137 South Loudoun Street has been vacant since sustaining severe fire damage in February of 2016. Owner Edward R. Kremer put in an initial request to demolish the structure on November 16th, but soon asked for this request to be tabled; hoping to restore the building rather than destroy it, he is waiting for a decision from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources on whether he might receive a historic tax credit to offset rebuilding costs.

As of Thursday, the BAR has tabled Kremer’s demolition request a total of three times as he awaits word on whether the credit will be granted. Time is running out, however, as a bylaw of the board states that a request can be postponed no more than 60 days before it must be withdrawn.

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