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Water Tower Supporters Say It's a Manassas Landmark

City Council to hold public hearing on proposed destruction Monday, March 24.

City Council to hold public hearing on proposed destruction Monday, March 24.
City Council to hold public hearing on proposed destruction Monday, March 24.
Manassas City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the proposed destruction of the municipal water tower in downtown Manassas.

The city's Water and Sewer Department says the tower is inefficient, costs too much to maintain and on land eyed for use by the neighboring fire station.

But supporters hoping to preserve the tower have created a Facebook group with more than 600 members. They argue the tower is an iconic symbol of Manassas.

"It is a very significant historic resource and prominent visually distinctive landmark, and could easily be made a tourism and economic development resource as well," writes Steve Hersch at Save the Old Town Manassas Water Tower.

In a Washington Post report, city staff offered numbers on the tower's maintenance:
  • the annual cost of keeping the tower in use ranges from $8,000 to $10,000, and it needs repainted, costing $90,000.
  • the tower holds only 75,000 gallons of water of the water systems 4.5 million gallons.
The public hearing will be in council chambers in City Hall, 9027 Center St. See the complete agenda.

Connie Beck March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM
So some people think it would make more sense for the County to spend $90,000 to paint a water tower than to have it used by a fire station? It is an eyesore, and there are other symbols of Manassas that are much more attractive, and I am certain Manassas Council could use $90,000 in better ways to improve Manassas. Tear it down.
kcgoat26 March 22, 2014 at 06:25 AM
those that want it , let them pay for it
Mr. Reality March 22, 2014 at 07:52 AM
I will pay for the paint job if I can pick the color scheme.
Terry lopez March 22, 2014 at 08:17 AM
I attend several events per week and weekend at the Harris Pavilion and the water tower is always part of my weekend pics. I took a great shot of setting sun and the tower from Center for the Arts second floor window. Old Town needs to keep Old Town charm. Pushing box stores like Starbucks and catering to the restaurants is going to backfire. We already have empty stores, it's just a matter of time before decline sets in. Support local Mom and Pop shops. Support the integrity of Old Town Manassas. Keep the tower.
Private Person March 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM
It's a hideous eyesore. TEAR IT DOWN!

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