ITFederal risks losing its property in Front Royal if the developer fails to obtain a required permit by later this month.
The developer must obtain a temporary certificate of occupancy or invest $2 million in the property by the deadline set in an agreement with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, EDA Executive Director Doug Parsons said by phone Friday.
“I can verify that there is a deadline this month for them to get a certificate of occupancy or invest $2 million into the property,” Parsons said.
ITFederal is constructing a stormwater drain line as required for the certificate of occupancy, Parsons noted. The director deferred to the town for specific questions on the requirements.
Warren County Building Official David Beahm said by phone Thursday his department had not yet received a temporary certificate of occupancy from company owner Curt Tran. The owner needs further approvals from the Department of Environmental Quality, Beahm added.
“The last I had been contacted by the owner was about six months ago with regards to that, and that was the last conversation I had with him,” Beahm said. “He indicated that they needed to complete all their work before they would be able to get a TCO, a temporary certificate of occupancy, because they won’t be able to get a full certificate of occupancy until the DEQ signs of on the stormwater portion of it.”
ITFederal has had to install a stormwater collection system on the site to comply with state regulations.
A temporary certificate would allow ITFederal to move into the building and begin operations, Beahm said.
“It’s all the life safety issues that need to be taken care of for the temporary (certificate),” Beahm said.
In addition to state approvals, Front Royal’s Planning and Zoning Department needs to sign off on town concerns for the county to release the temporary certificate, Beahm explained.
A temporary certificate can remain in effect for a specific time, depending on the project requirements, he explained. A certificate typically expires after six months for a DEQ requirement such as land disturbance for stormwater handling. It could take one to two years for DEQ to sign off on a stormwater handling system, Beahm said.
Front Royal officials also want ITFederal to complete work on the building’s stormwater retention pond and a pipeline that connects to the town’s drainage system. Assistant Town Attorney George Sonnett Jr. said by phone Friday that ITFederal has had years to complete the stormwater collection pond and pipeline. Tran claimed for some time that the town needed to install the stormwater system, Sonnett noted. Crews for ITFederal were installing the stormwater drainage pipe on the parcel referred to as Lot 6 on the former Avtex site as of last week.
Once ITFederal completes work on the stormwater system from its property and provides Front Royal with the necessary construction easements, the town can move forward and finish the West Main Street extension project, Sonnett said. EDA and town officials have touted the extension of West Main Street as a way to attract businesses to develop on the former Avtex site.
But the town’s contractor on the West Main Street project must enter ITFederal property, Sonnett said. The town had not received permission as of Friday. The town also needs to know if and when ITFederal’s stormwater pond satisfies the county and DEQ’s requirements before the contractor finishes the road project, Sonnett said.