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Stone house at Hillside Park

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by vacliff, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. lauralynne

    lauralynne Member

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    I like the "Take down the house, but preserve the stone!" idea. Note, the issue is not simply "Wouldn't it be nice to restore this old house?" But "What services are we willing to give up and what HOA dues increases are we willing to pay in order to have the house restored (since the renovation cost may greatly exceed $100K)?"
     
  2. lilpea

    lilpea Member

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    Has the HOA actually obtained (at least 2 or more) quotes which detail, cost, time and materials, firm fixed price etc to restore this house?

    I would like to see an actual proposal(s) with actual numbers.

    Further I would think that the HOA should send out some type of communication to ALL members of the HOA, not everyone in the Community views this forum. And/or put this item up for a Community wide vote (during the Annual Meeting).
     
  3. mtkeister

    mtkeister New Member

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    Good idea to get some numbers about actual cost.

    I just know this is no weekend warrior project. An engineering firm will need to come in first to assess the structure and determine if a rehabilitation / renovation is even possible. If it is possible, then they'll need to draw up and certify the plans. These types of engineering firms aren't cheap.

    Bringing the interior structure up to code could involve gutting the entire interior. If the entire interior does need to be re-framed, the labor cost could be significantly higher since the carpenters won't be operating off a cookie-cutter blueprint like they do when they build the homes we live in.

    If the masonry is not sound due to advanced age, then I don't even know how you'd repair it without basically starting over with a new build. You'd want historical home experts on this, not a run of the mill contractor. Again, cost will be higher due to specialization.

    Didn't the county purchase and renovate the mill house over on 7 near the 28 exit? I think the structure is similar. Maybe the county could give some idea of the cost of a project like this.
     
  4. vacliff

    vacliff "You shouldn't say that."

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    For those that didn't see it in the Newsletter, the HOA is forming a resident committee to look into options for the house.
    Call the HOA Office, 703-729-9704, if you're interested in participating.
     
  5. '03 Cavalier

    '03 Cavalier New Member

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    I know repairing the house would be ideal, but extremely expensive. What about demolishing it and reusing as many of the materials as possible to build some sort of picnic pavilion or something along those lines? Again, I know that wouldn't be ideal, but at least it would preserve some of the history. Perhaps include a plaque with some history about the home and the area.
     
  6. Traci

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    Agreed, how can we decide it's fate until we know what the renovation or partial renovation costs would be? It would be wonderful to get some concrete numbers and then discuss options from there.
     
  7. Traci

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    Brian, which new community? Tx's!
     
  8. Chsalas

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    Totally agree, that would be the best solution for the stone house, demolish it , use the materials to build a pavilion or some sort of outside covered area for picnics and outdoor events.
     
  9. KTdid

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    Agree! Recycle the stone (a pavillion is a nice idea) and include a plaque to commemorate.
     
  10. Traci

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    In Columbia, Md. many of the old ruins were used to create parks for the kids... In which case you don't need to demolish the entire structure... Many had slides, tire swings, & acted as cool forts when we were growing up.
     
  11. Chsalas

    Chsalas Member

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    even better!
     
  12. beahmer

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    Broadlands Station - just across the Greedway on Waxpool.
     
  13. webeadams

    webeadams New Member

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    the Greedway!! Isn't that the truth!!!!
     
  14. Traci

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    Tx's Brian! BTW, heard rumor the contract on the Greedway was extended... anyone know if this is true & if so until when? I still can't believe we don't have a good E-W option in this area ~ sigh.
     
  15. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Not sure what you mean here? The greenway is private owned and operated.
     
  16. Traci

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    My understanding was at some point in time, it was contracted to either fully or more likely partially revert back to the state. I believe that deadline may have just been extended. I haven't been too involved in this issue, so if anyone knows more, I'd love to have a better understanding... Drives me nuts that if it was more affordable much of our E-W communting issues could be relieved.
     
  17. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    It was originally supposed to revert to the state in 2036, but has been pushed back to 2056 (back in 2001).. and given the way the road has been managed for the last 18+ years I would expect that arrangement to keep sliding as the owners come up with more excuses and ways to spend money to make the project look like it needs more tolls and the operators need more time.

    The concept is the private company funds and operates the road and eventually after they've made their money, it comes back to the state. But it won't happen in our lifetime
     
  18. Traci

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    Thanks Steve. Wasn't there supposed to be a ceiling on how much the company could raise the tolls at any given time?

    PS Sorry to hijack the Stone House thread everyone!
     
  19. mwork

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    When I drove by today there are workmen at this site. I know this thread went "off topic" previously, but does anyone know what they are doing? repairs? I don't think I ever heard or read what was decided on this place..
     
  20. stevensrmiller

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    They are working on the shutters to cover the boarded up windows. No final decision has yet been made.
     

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