The rural hill and mill town of Purcellville, which has lost more than 250 residents in the last decade, has never had a condominium, a town house, or a totally self-service gasoline station.

All that and more is now being proposed to the planning commission in the Loudoun County town.

"We're suddenly getting more development than we've had in years," said Town Manager Barry Lawrence.

The scale of the proposed development is small, as befits a town of 1,550:

A second 7-Eleven store, with self-service gasoline, 18 town house condominiums and a professional office building in a vacant house. But in Purcellville they are major events. Almost as notable as this year's celebration of the town's 75th anniversary, to coincide with the Loudoun County Trade Fair to be held in Purcellville May 20-22.

"We almost had a condominium a number of years ago but it fell off the drawing boards," said Lawrence, who also acts as the town's zoning administrator. "And we've never had a town house or a totally self-service gas station."

The proposed Townhomes of Purcellville, an 18-unit complex proposed on a vacant one-acre lot at the intersection of Rtes. 7 and 611, was presented to the town planning commission last week by the developers of a similar Leesburg project called South Gate II. The commission asked the developer, R. Curtis Harrover, to reduce the density of the project. The proposed brick town houses would sell in the $60,000 range, according to the developer.

The second 7-Eleven convenience store has been proposed for the corner of Rtes. 7 and 722. Its planned self-service gasoline operation requires a special use permit, to be given a public hearing before the Town Council April 12.

The professional office building is proposed for a vacant brick house one-half block east of the proposed 7-Eleven. A one-story wing would be added to the house.