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Front Royal Council agrees to curb & gutter compromise

14 April 2016 News


FRONT ROYAL, Va – At its April 11th meeting a Front Royal Town Council majority decided it was better to bend the rules for a local willing to redevelop in a floodplain, rather than risk a deteriorated property remaining so, OR being bought by an outside developer with deeper pockets.

At an April 4 work session, Glenda Mikulak told Council that Town Curb & Gutter requirements on three sides of her property, coupled with an order to remove trees along one side to facilitate that curb and gutter, would make her plan to rebuild on Front Street, facing Happy Creek, financially untenable.

Noting that Pullen Street to the rear of the property was essentially a glorified alley and that the preservation of trees in a “Tree City USA” was desirable, five Councilmen agreed to waive curb & gutter on Pullen, AND allow a setback along Cable Street to preserve the trees.

Only Gene Tewalt voted no, citing the potential of opening the door to future requests for similar waivers. Pointing to specifics of this request, including the floodplain location, Bret Hrbek spoke for a Council majority in calling the compromise a “catalyst” for local re-development.

Submitted by Roger Bianchini

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