WARM SPRINGS, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday, the Omni Homestead Resort announced plans to resume the restoration of the Jefferson Pools.
The pools have been closed since October of 2017 due to unsafe conditions.
However, the Bath County Building, Planning and Zoning committee approved the building permits for the work on Thursday, June 10.
The general contractor for the project will be announced in the coming weeks. Construction will begin later this summer with an anticipated completion in 12 to 18 months.
Mark Spadoni, managing director of The Omni Homestead Resort, says that as a part of the project, the pools will once again go by their original name, Warm Springs Pools.
“We are very excited to get this project back on track and to once again have them known as the Warm Springs Pools,” said Spadoni. “Jay, Ed and the associates at 3North have done an incredible job of planning this project in a way that not only allows us to reopen the Pools but that maintains the character of these historic landmarks. We have great respect for what the Pools represent to this community and feel it is only right that we return to their original name.”
Details on the plans to restore and reopen the historic bath houses were shared in February 2020 and work was scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.
However, the outbreak of COVID-19 devastated the hospitality industry and forced Omni to delay the start of the project, which is estimated to cost $3 million.
“This is a board by board project,” added Spadoni. “The scope of work includes repairing the foundation of both bath houses and the reception house as well as preserving and/or replacing in-kind the historic wood structure, windows, doors, siding and roofing.”
The goal of the restoration is to preserve as much historic building fabric as possible.
Improvements to the parking area and upgrades to the restrooms are also part of the project.
“The Pools are an integral part of Bath County and Virginia history and we want to ensure that they continue to be for generations,” said Spadoni. “We are especially grateful for the groundwork laid by Gibson Worsham and the Bath Houses Advisory Board in compiling the Historic Structures Report. That document was an integral part of 3North’s planning process, providing valuable research and insights. We also appreciate the guidance provided by Julie Langan and the Department of Historic Resources. This has truly been a team effort and we are thankful for everyone’s support and patience.”