‘Marshall Business Center II’ receives recommendation from planning committee | New


The Fauquier County Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a 130,000 square foot one-story industrial building in the Whiting Road corridor in the Marshall Service District. County supervisors will review the request after a public hearing on November 11.

Chantilly-based Pruitt Corporation constructed a 110,000 square foot building called the Marshall Business Center in 2019 on land bordering the 17/66 Business Park area of ​​Whiting Road. The company now wants to build an almost identical building, called the Marshall Business Center II, on an adjoining 12-acre lot.

Portions of the vacant land are currently zoned for commercial and other non-industrial uses, but the land must be zoned for industrial use before a second structure can be built. The supervisory board ultimately has jurisdiction over the rezoning request.

Pruitt plans to market space in the “warehouse / research and development center” to companies that need to lease space in the Washington, DC, metro area – and near Interstate 66 – but who do not necessarily have the capital to build a large, large-scale industrial facility.

“This will allow these businesses to have a turnkey facility ready to go in the county and provide a clean industry and improve the tax base without the need for an excessive amount of government services,” said Pruitt’s statement of justification. The proposed facility – like the existing building – would include loading docks for semi-trailers and small trucks.

“We are building the building on a speculative basis. We don’t necessarily know who’s going to occupy it, ”company representative Pete McCabe said on Friday. “We build our buildings to be as flexible as possible,” he explained, allowing tenants to modify the space to meet specific needs.

The existing Marshall Business Center currently serves as a distribution center for two companies, although McCabe pointed out that the new building could be used for different purposes depending on who rents the space.

The currently vacant lot, accessible only from Whiting Road, backs onto the I-66 interchange, Exit 28, and the Goose Pond Grove townhouse development; landscaped buffer zones along the edge of the property would be required as a condition of approval.

“Generally speaking, I think we know what we’re going to get here because there is pretty much a mirror image out there already and I think it’s suitable for this commercial and industrial center,” Commissioner Bob Lee said on Thursday. (Marshall District), expressing optimism that the Whiting Road Corridor is beginning to attract large-scale commercial and industrial uses. The other Commissioners were also generally in favor of the request.

The only point of contention Thursday was a suggestion by Lee to require the roof of the new building to be fitted with solar panels to generate electricity. “It seems to me that there is a wonderful opportunity for the applicant to modify his offer (…)

But Greg Ashwell, an attorney representing Pruitt, said Thursday evening that requiring solar panels would significantly limit the type of tenants who could use the space, as various utilities may need to be installed on the roof depending on the exact operational needs of the space. ‘a company. rental of space inside the building.

“We are not in a position to commit to it as part of the demand,” he said, although he stressed that solar panels could still be a possibility depending on the actual end uses of the building.

“I don’t intend to vote against,” Lee replied, “but I urge candidates as they go to the supervisory board to consider the possibility of installing solar panels on rooftops.”

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