Royal Phoenix plans progress

FRONT ROYAL – The town is moving forward with plans to install a pump station to serve future development at the Royal Phoenix site off Kendrick Lane.

The Town Council decided at its Monday work session to put the proposed pump station out for bid. It will serve ITFederal and the new Front Royal Police Department.

The council recently spent $9,200 on the pump station’s design, which Town Manager Joe Waltz said has been approved by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Construction is estimated to cost $335,997.

This would be the first of two planned pump stations at Royal Phoenix, as Planning and Zoning Director Jeremy Camp previously said one pump station would not accommodate the entire development.

Pump stations must be installed on the north and south sides of Royal Phoenix. The pump station out for bid would be on the north end and accommodate 80,000 gallons of water per day for about 4,200 employees.

ITFederal originally planned construction of its own pump station, but the town offered to build one for the entire Royal Phoenix development. In turn, ITFederal contributed $150,000 to the West Main Street extension project. The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Authority continues to work with the town and Pennoni Engineering on design plans for the extension. Estimated costs are $812,000 for phase one, which would connect ITFederal to Kendrick Lane. The Virginia Department of Transpiration has agreed to a revenue sharing project in which it contributes $650,000, along with ITFederal’s contribution.

McDonald said the town hopes to break ground on the extension this year. All phases of the West Main Street improvements were previously estimated to be $1.8 million.

Town Councilman Jacob Meza previously said that although he voted in favor of designing the pump station, he would not vote in favor of its construction until knowing when ITFederal would begin operations.

EDA Director Jennifer McDonald’s Tuesday report to the the Warren County Board of Supervisors stated that ITFederal is working on a scaled down version of construction. The company previously planned to build one 46,000-square-foot facility. It is now planning a 10,000-square-foot building and a 26,000-square-foot building.

ITFederal contractor Blueline Construction broke ground in December 2017 and has started digging footers, McDonald said. She said ITFederal hopes to move into the smaller building this fall. They are waiting on DEQ approval to begin construction on the second building.