There seems to be a misconception among New Baltimore residents that Brookside, LLC (the developers, not the residents) is a local company, run by local folks who live in the community and care deeply for Fauquier county.
While it may technically be true that Brookside is a Limited Liability Corporation based in Warrenton, VA., that is just the local front for the larger national entity Brookfield Residential.
Their financial reports are enlightening.
If you go to the link above and scroll to the bottom and click on Washington, D.C. Area it will take you to a map of all the communities in this area; seven of them to be exact, including Brookside, The Preserve at Goose Creek, and Saranac at Lake Manassas. (There are three more in MD as well.)
Braemar in Prince William County is also a Brookfield development.
It appears that Brookfield routinely establishes a local LLC for each community, which operates as an independent entity, at least while they build.
Brookside is just the Fauquier county development that they are currently building, and it makes us wonder who’s actually behind Catlett Farm, LLC.
Perhaps Mr. Ed Moore, President of Brookside (the developers, not the residents), or one of our Supervisors could provide some insight into this?
It is a common practice for huge companies like Brookfield to operate this way, since it minimizes their liability and exposure both financially and publicly, particularly when trying to build in counties like Fauquier where so many are suspect of any development.
We find it all a bit convenient that the citizens of the community are unaware they are dealing with a huge national development company until after the deals are made and the houses start going up.
It works out well for local government officials too, since they can be long gone from office before “Big Developer” starts exercising easements and right-of-ways that tend to irritate the longtime residents adjacent to “Big Development”.
Frankly, we are a bit amazed that with all the environmental and historic watch dogs in Fauquier both in and out of government, Brookfield was able to get such a sizeable development approved in such a historic area as New Baltimore, adjacent to so many lakes with such marvelous view sheds. Given Brookfield’s success in the Linton Hall corridor, it may not be long before Fauquier looks like northern Prince William.
Where were you when we needed you Hope Porter?
There does not appear to have been much, if any, opposition to this project, especially on the part of the Supervisors at the time. We will continue to investigate how this came to be.
Contact us if you can shed some light; firstname.lastname@example.org is our email address.