Save Historic Occoquan, Virginia

Save Historic Occoquan, Virginia

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Save Historic Occoquan started this petition to The Town Council of Occoquan

The beauty and charm of Historic Occoquan lie in its history, historical buildings, and small-town quaintness.  This is why tourists flock to Occoquan and the town is written up in numerous "best downtown" and "historical landmarks" lists.

A new proposed expansion and renovation of 407 Mill Street, at the west end of town, would completely undermine this charm and destroy the efforts to preserve the history and allure of Occoquan.

In addition to completely towering over every building in Occoquan, this proposal would eliminate the view of Occoquan River.  There are also numerous historic buildings adjacent to 403 Mill Street, including the oldest standing house built in 1750, 406 Mill Street and 404 Mill Street, built in 1760.  These historic buildings will no longer see the light of day as the towering structure will block any intended sunlight for that end of town.

In addition to this proposal, they will destroy several historic buildings, including 403 Mill Street.  This building was the first theater, The Lyric Theater, in Prince William County.

Towering over 7 stories tall, 79ft, the new design would dwarf the surrounding historic buildings, at the narrowest end, and one-way traffic, of Mill Street and become the largest building in downtown Occoquan.  The façade and the proposed expansion does not lend itself to its surroundings.  This would not only affect the feel of downtown, cause significant traffic issues, but that would also dissuade tourists, thus costing local businesses revenue and the city much-needed tax dollars. 

If the town wanted to preserve the charm of this historic district, it would purchase the land, add a parking lot, maybe even charge for parking, and build a riverwalk that lends to preserving and maintaining the historic appeal of this small town. 

Please take a moment to add your name to this petition if you live, work or love to shop and eat in our little town of Occoquan.  Let the Town Council hear your voice in support of preserving this charming little historical gem in Northern Virginia.

Thank you

 

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