With the design plans now 98% completed (although not yet available for public viewing) the cost for Purcellville’s new Town Hall is approaching $6 million.
Once the package is ready for bid, the plans become available to the public. The Town is estimating there will be a bidders meeting by the first week of November. A budget of $2,600,000 was the most recent cost estimate to pave the Fireman’s Field parking lot (as required for Town Hall zoning to have a parking lot for staff, and residents attending night meetings), with a net loss of 20% of the parking spaces. No percentage breakdown has been determined for the Town Hall’s portion of the parking lot cost. There were no records showing that the parking lot was going to be paved until the new Town Hall building was purchased – then parking had to be provided according to Town zoning guidelines.
This is a timeline for the Town Hall Project (the budget is shown below):
- February 2007 – The Town signed a Letter of Intent with Purcellville Baptist Church to purchase the building.
- January 2008 – The Town entered into a Lease/Purchase agreement with Blue Ridge Realty which gave them a 20 year lease, and the building would be completely renovated (it was assumed that the building had been purchased by Blue Ridge Realty).
- July 2009 – The Town decided to purchase the building outright from Purcellville Baptist Church for $1,950,000, and not rent from Blue Ridge Realty. (No renovations had been done, and the Town decided to negotiate itself out of the lease contract. Blue Ridge Realty never closed on their purchase of the building.)