John Chapman and Mark Nelis have filed an appeal of the Purcellville Board of Architectural Review’s requirement that their Vineyard Square mixed use redevelopment project along North 21st Street maintain the brick facades of two buildings fronting the street.
While approving the demolition of a number of other structures as part of the project, the BAR said the facades of those brick structures contributed to the overall character of the historic downtown street and should be kept.
The partners filed their appeal Nov. 25 claiming the structures are not ADA accessible and keeping the facades will result in insufficient room to allow wide, 6-foot sidewalks, as planned in the design, for improved street access.
The appeal will come before the Town Council at 7 p.m. Dec. 17, the day before the BAR and the applicants will resume discussion of the overall design of the project.
The three members of the BAR voted only on the demolition applications Nov. 19, deferring any decision on the design to the Dec. 18 meeting. This week Chapman said the partners and their architect would seek to address as many of the design issues raised by the BAR as they could accommodate.
The Dec. 17 demolition appeal will be heard by a full panel, as the council last week appointed Greg Wagner and Mark Ippoliti to fill two vacant BAR seats. Wagner is a former town councilman, human resources trainer and consultant, while Ippoliti has architectural and building experience.