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Town completes sale of former police station

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — A partnership of five local businesspeople can now move forward with planned renovations and start looking for tenants for the former town police station at 24 W. Main St..

Partners John and Brittany Duvall, Justin and Jennifer Bond and Nick Heflin closed on the 4,032-square-foot building Aug. 31. They paid $275,000.

The partners have expressed interest in running the building as a business incubator, providing a low-rent location for upstart businesses. Six local firms have shown interest, including a hydroponics business, a beautician, a brewer and a caterer, John Duvall said.

The partners have a meeting scheduled later this month with town Zoning Director Jeremy Camp to determine the types of businesses that would be permissible in the building.

"We're still kind of feeling out what exactly will be allowed," Duvall said.

The building previously was being considered for a microbrewery-restaurant, of which the Duvalls also are partners. Such a use proved to be
prohibitively expensive because the below-ground-level seating would have required substantial renovations to meet state code.

As it is, the partners plan to get started on a number of renovations, including making the restrooms handicapped accessible and realigning the
partitions.

"It's just filled with partitions," he said. "Wall after wall after wall."





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