All-Night Era to Begin Soon in Purcellville

Work already has begun on Purcellville's first all-night commercial establishment, a 7-Eleven store with a self-service gas station, approved by the Town Council last month despite objections from owners of the town's half-dozen gas stations.

The new 7-Eleven, the second in the town but the first to sell gas, will inaugurate the late-night era for the rural Loudoun County community.

The town Planning Commission initially recommended against it on grounds it would cause traffic problems at Rtes. 7 and 722. But the owners of the 7-Eleven revised their plans to accommodate certain objections, and the commission reversed itself.

Meanwhile, Purcellville has become eligible to apply for federal grants to projects providing jobs and homes for low- and moderate-income families.

The town became eligible because Loudoun County has demonstrated it is attempting to help such families, Town Manager Barry Lawrence said. About a half-dozen families in town receive rural housing assistance grants from the county.

The town's eligibility is expected to last only until Sept. 30, the end of the current federal fiscal year, when new guidelines will require a town's average family income to be less than $13,000 a year. Lawrence said Purcellville's average is less than the Loudoun average of about $20,000 but probably more than $13,000.