By the end of 2022, residents in the town of Middleburg will likely have a new town hall, located on the same Marshall Street site where the current building is located.
On March 15, town officials and a team of design contractors held a public information session to discuss proposals for a new $6.5 million, 13,000 square foot town hall building, which would house the police department, town council chambers, public meeting space and offices for town staff.
Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton said the concept behind the effort to build a new town hall has been discussed for many years, including during the planning stages of Salamander Resort in 2004.
Aside from serving as the combined offices for the town staff and police department, the vision and purpose behind the project is to create a community space to host small group meetings and serve as a voting precinct on Election Day, Littleton said
The grounds will also provide an open town green where the community will be able to attend events such as outdoor concerts, Fourth of July festivities and a farmers market.
There will also be an expanded parking lot with 48 parking spaces and public restroom facilities.
The existing 2,000 square foot town office building is 50 years old, Littleton said, and the current police headquarters is in a separate 2,300 square foot building on Federal Street behind the post office.
“There is a definite need,” he said. “It has served us wonderfully, but Middleburg has changed.”
“The services we provide have been updated and expanded; we have grown from a staff of 3.5 to 14.5.”
According to Littleton, the current building has only limited handicap accessibility and is plagued by leaks, cracks and mold. .
“We would like to have a safe working environment for town staff,” he said.
In 2018, the town began working on a space-needs analysis to examine what the staff, community and Town Council envisioned for the new town hall.
“We are running this entire effort as a town-wide team,” Littleton said. “All the members of the council are intimately integrated in how this is coming together.”
“We are your elected representatives and we are accountable to you,” he said.
A design team was hired on December 23 to provide an initial concept.
Town officials considered eight different locations for the new building, but ended up deciding the best approach was to use the land where the current town hall is located and expand on that footprint with land provided by Salamander Resort.
Littleton said that in 2004, when Salamander Resort was in its planning stage, the company agreed to provide the town with a building site for the town office.
The building will have entrances on Marshall Street, Pendleton Street and a future street which will be accessible fromPendleton Street.
Town Manager Danny Davis said the council initiated a strategic finance committee in 2019 to discuss issues related to town's fiscal health and strength.
The committee determined the new town hall could be funded without any impact to the town's residential taxes, Davis said.
According to Davis, the town’s finances have remained strong even during the pandemic.
Town officials are currently working with advisors to look at options for how to finance the project, which will be reviewed and discussed with town council.
Davis said the current budget of $6.5 million is in early development and it is expected to change. He said there are a number of funding options from cash and grants and believes there will be a small grant from Loudoun County to help fund the project.
The town hired the firm Downey and Scott in Warrenton to be the project manager with a $417,770 contract, and two design firms – Glavé & Holmes which has teamed up with Creech & Associates for a $671,800 contract.
Andrew Moore, principal at Glavé & Holmes, described the character of the building design as “casual civic” or “country chic,” with porch-like elements and columns.
It will be a one-story building that is low in scale, he said.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the process to deliver a new town hall,” Moore said. “We have fallen in love with the town,”
“This is a timeless design,” he said.
The building will include a number of sustainability features which are still being discussed and reviewed at a later date, he said.
Moore explained that the current town office building will likely remain in place until the new building is complete, so town staff can continue working in the same location and will only need to move once. The current building will then be demolished.
The next steps in the project are to complete the design development by the end of May, then the town will host another public meeting in June. An RFP for construction bids will be issued this fall. The expected groundbreaking for the building is January 2022 with a goal of completing it in one year.
More information can be found at middleburgva.gov.