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Front Royal Board of Architectural Review to Hold Public Hearing

14 August 2017 News

The Afton Inn, circa 1920s..

Following a second work session Tuesday August 15, the Front Royal’s Board of Architectural Review will hold the first public hearing on a request to demolish the 149-year-old Afton Inn. That public hearing is scheduled for August 22.

The now-derelict three-story structure stands at the head of Front Royal’s Historic Downtown Business District. Starting with discussion on August 8, the town architectural board has sought assurances that the redevelopment plan will be followed through on if demolition of the old structure is authorized.

MODE Partnership exterior drawing of a re-constructed Afton Inn.

On July 28, the local Economic Development Authority passed two resolutions authorizing, first the demolition of the Afton Inn; and then redevelopment of the former Afton Inn by the MODE Partnership LLC, a Northern Virginia development company.

The EDA has been entrusted with marketing the Afton Inn over the past two years since the Town agreed to a swap of the property for the then-recently vacated old Town Hall building that the town government had outgrown.

The Afton Inn, circa 1940s.

Opened in 1868, the Afton Inn was for decades into the mid 20th century a centerpiece of Front Royal’s downtown. However, it fell into disrepair and was last used as a private-sector school book storage depository before being boarded up in the late 1990s.

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