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Leesburg EDC gets downtown improvement update

As part of their monthly meeting Nov. 7, the Leesburg Economic Development Commission met with Leesburg’s Deputy Director of Capital Projects Tom Brandon for an update on the Downtown Improvements project.

The Downtown Improvement project has been well underway over the last several months and the first phase is nearing completion.

The first phase of the project consists of construction to the alley between King Street and the Town Hall garage.

“The alley work is well on its way, but we have hit a couple snags so we are a little behind schedule. We keep sticking our shovels into the ground and finding things we weren’t expecting,” Brandon said. “Right now the status is the northern alley is nearing completion with the installation of decorative lights,  decorative art on the King Street end of it being fabricated right now and putting the tops of the drains on.

“In the other alley, we found a potential fire hazard that set us back and we are working with Dominion Power to get that fixed,” Brandon said. “These two projects should be completed two weeks after Thanksgiving and we want them done before First Friday in December.”

Brandon also mentioned the East End triangle as the other project currently under construction.

According to Brandon, the cement was poured last week and paving has been completed in the area. Decorative lights will also be installed on the triangle.

Phase two of the improvement will be the Loudoun Street improvements from King Street to the triangle.

Brandon said those improvements will include replacing bricks on the sidewalks, widening the sidewalk east of Church Street, installing a sidewalk on the northern side of Loudoun east of Harrison and tightening up the Harrison Street intersection to prevent motorists from taking the turn south on Harrison too fast.

Those improvements will begin late next spring.

The final phase of improvements will be the widening of King Street, while keeping on street parking available for visitors.

“We are still evaluating proposals submitted and I suspect will be making decisions over the next few months as to what exactly we will be doing on King Street, but we are not quite there yet,” Brandon said.

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