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Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia

Overview

Once a remote Army “listening post,” Vint Hill Farms Station is being developed into a vibrant, mixed-use community to include public and private employers adding to the local economy.

Vint Hill Farms Today

The former Vint Hill Farms Station now hosts over 300 homes, a handful of engineering and technology companies, and two Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control facilities. The site’s revitalization is evolving at its fastest pace since 1999. Several new private facilities are either under construction or about to begin construction. By 2018, there will be over 350,000 square feet of new or renovated commercial property under construction, and over three miles of new roads.

Background

Vint Hill Farms Station was established in 1942 by the Army’s Signals Intelligence Service. The 696-acre facility was built because the Army needed a secure location to serve as a cryptography school, and as a refitting station for signal units. In 1974, the mission changed to research, development, and support of intelligence and electronic warfare for the Army and the Department of Defense.

The 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended closure of the facility, resulting in the loss of 1,356 civilian and 454 contractor positions. The Commonwealth of Virginia created the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority (VHEDA) in 1996 to plan for the future of the facility, which officially closed in 1997. The land was transferred to the VHEDA in 1999. 

The VHEDA set out with the mission to generate high-quality jobs and tax revenues for the betterment of Fauquier County. The Authority envisioned the renovation of the former base into an exceptional mixed-use community of enduring quality. In 2014, the VHEDA began selling off property and assets at an accelerated pace in order to get the property into private hands and on the county tax rolls. By the end of 2016, the VHEDA had sold over 99 percent of the 677.5 acres transferred from the Army. 

Most of the property and assets were sold to the private developer, Vint Hill Village, LLC, (VHV) which adopted the VHEDA’s mission into its vision of a live-work-play community, creating a sense of place within Fauquier County’s service district. The VHEDA used the proceeds to continue to fund infrastructure improvements at Vint Hill such as new roads, and new sewer and water facilities. The VHEDA has invested over $28 million into improvements at Vint Hill since 1999. The Virginia Department of Transportation has contributed another $5 million in matching grant funds for new roads. Over 200 acres remain undeveloped at this time, but – led by VHV, the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development, and other regional stakeholders – the property continues to evolve as a community.

Updated October, 2017

Point of Contact

Ed Moore

President

Vint Hill Village, LLC

http://vinthill.com/live/history/

State:
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