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Jamie Scully now Fredericksburg’s ARB chair

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Jamie Scully

Jamie Scully, a 29-year-old Fredericksburg resident and commercial real estate agent for Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, is the new chair of the city’s Architectural Review Board. Scully was voted in by his fellow ARB members Monday evening. Former chairwoman Marilynn Mendell recently resigned from the board to protest the demolition of a historic home at 1407 Caroline St. A replacement ARB member has not yet been appointed for Mendell.

Scully started his career in commercial real estate with Sullivan Properties (which became Thalhimer in a 2008 merger) shortly after graduating in 2004 from what was then still called Mary Washington College with degrees in historic preservation and business administration. The Winchester native joined the ARB in 2010.

Given the current debate about the actions the city should take in preserving dilapidated structures, I asked Scully for his thoughts on the ARB’s role in Fredericksburg historic preservation. Here is his emailed response:

Our role within the city government is to maintain the historic and architectural integrity within the Historic District in an effort to preserve the unique character of downtown. This part of the city features historic structures from a range of time periods and a range of architectural styles. The Historic District Ordinance in place requires that property owners within the District obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the ARB before making alterations to their buildings. Over the years, this process has helped the Historic District retain its character and property values. Our goal is to preserve the historic integrity of the Historic District, which creates a tangible draw for the city’s targeted industry, tourism. This process also strengthens property values.  We consider applications for certificates of appropriateness by the Secretary of Interior’s Standards. I enjoy putting my Historic Preservation degree to work while also maintaining my business and commercial real estate perspective to sometimes see both sides of a particular issue.

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