Developer’s land offer for courts complex off the table
A contentious offer from a private company offering Loudoun County land to relocate the existing and planned courts complex expansion has been taken off the table.
Peterson Companies, a Fairfax-based developer, had offered the county land between the Dulles Greenway and the Leesburg Airport to relocate the courts complex. The looming courts expansion, which has been discussed and examined for nearly a decade, is the topic of debate for supervisors and Town of Leesburg officials who want to keep the complex in downtown Leesburg and others who wonder if shifting it elsewhere could be more cost-effective and be better suited for future expansions.
Jon Peterson, vice president of Peterson Companies, sent a letter today to Supervisor Buona (R-Ashburn), chairman of the board’s finance and government operations committee, stating: “Since Nov. 19, I have had an opportunity to speak with numerous stakeholders on this issue. They have brought to bear arguments in favor and in opposition to our proposal, and I have appreciated hearing these points. Their comments further illuminated our understanding of the County’s and Town’s respective needs.”
“Based on those discussions,” Peterson continued. “It is my conclusion that while a relocation of the Courts Complex to a Town site at Crosstrail has many merits, it has become obvious that capable representatives from both The Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County have extensively evaluated the circumstances surrounding this matter. In doing so, it appears that the two parties have mutually agreed upon a long term solution that will keep the location of The Loudoun Counties Courts Complex in its existing location in downtown Leesburg.”
Buona, Board Chairman Scott York (R-At Large), Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Town of Leesburg officials have all been vocal in their desire to keep the courts complex in downtown Leesburg, the county seat.
The full board is set to review its options on the courts complex issue through December and into January.
York has said there are a number of elements critical to the decision, including the assurance that the county won’t have to move the whole system again for future expansions, and guaranteeing the safety of anyone using the courts’ complex.