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Crescent Parke developers file suit against Leesburg Town Council

The developers of proposed multi-use development Crescent Park filed a lawsuit against the Leesburg Town Council on Aug. 25 in Loudoun County Circuit Court, meeting the 30-day deadline to challenge the town council's failure to approve a necessary rezoning on July 26.

Attorney John Foote, representing the developer MREC LD Leesburg Crossing LLC, filed suit to pursue an appeal of the decision, which still remains a controversy.

Originally failing on a 3-4 vote, council members Katie Hammler, Suzanne Fox and Mayor David Butler were in favor of the rezoning, while council members Bruce Gemmil, Tom Dunn, Marty Martinez and Vice Mayor Kelly Burk were opposed.

If the rezoning application was approved, the 53-acre parcel along the Route 15 Bypass and adjacent to Olde Izaak Walton Park would have featured a mixed-use development of 45,000 square feet of retail and office space, 88,000 square feet of office or hotel space, 26,625 square feet of retail with 96 multi-family units located above it and a 2,000-square-foot community room, 196 townhomes and 88 "two over twos," or two-unit townhomes.

During the following meeting on Aug. 9, a discussion between council members and town attorney Barbara Notar about the distinction between a true denial and a failure to approve caused much confusion. The applicant believes the application still remains on the table for discussion and submitted revisions on Aug. 19 seeking to address some the concerns cited by the council. Town staff refused to accept any revisions, citing the failure to accept vote on July 26 vote as a final decision.

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