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Christendom inquires about properties

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — It doesnít look like the Town Council has much interest in taking Christendom College up on a recent offer to buy the townís interest in two nearby properties.

However, authorization to use the properties is not out of the question, council members said at their Monday night work session.

In a letter dated Dec. 16, attorney Joseph F. Silek Jr. states Christendomís desire to purchase the townís half-interest in two properties on either side of Interstate 66 on Shenandoah Shores Road. Christendom already has obtained the other half-interest in the properties, the letter states.

The college would use the four-acre properties for athletic fields. It has no plans to put a structure on the site other than possibly stands.

The townís interest in the properties was donated to it by the late Walter Duncan in the hope that is could be used for a future highway interchange.

"That was one of his dreams, was to get an interchange there," Councilman Eugene Tewalt said.

That is not likely to happen any time soon because Virginia Department of Transportation officials say itís too close to Exit 6, about 2.6 miles away.

However, an interchange could be approved in the future if increased traffic creates a need for it.

Tewalt recommended keeping the town's interest in the land so it would not have to reacquire it if the interchange moves closer to reality. He also said he had no problem with allowing the college use of the properties and other council members agreed.

Mayor Timothy Darr recommended Silek and Town Attorney Douglas W. Napier work out an agreement and bring it to a future work session for discussion.

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