Expansion seen among businesses in western Loudoun
Loudoun has two totally different mentalities from a development standpoint.
In the population- and technology-dominated east, commercial development is always ongoing. Large office buildings and leasing space is constantly seen.
In the much quieter and less populated west, much more subtle changes in development are being made in little towns and villages.
Unlike its brother, western Loudoun has a distinct flavor to its growth, which is constantly emphasizing a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
With much of western Loudoun booming from the wine industry – and now, breweries – expansion is frequent.
In Purcellville, also known as the “Gateway to D.C.'s wine country”, there is quite a few things happened that will boost economic development.
Kelly Bolles, agricultural development director for Loudoun County's Department of Economic Development said a prime example of economic development in Western Loudoun is the move of Catoctin Creek Distillery to downtown Purcellville, which was completed in August.
“I think Catoctin Creek Distillery is a great example of economic development in Western Loudoun in the Town of Purcellville,” Boles said.
“They moved from a very industrial space to a beautiful new reused historic building in downtown.”
Patrick Sullivan, the head of economic development for Purcellville, noted there is a large amount of development going on in the town in addition to Catoctin Creek Distillery's move.
“Purcellville Gateway is trending up and is almost fully developed,” Sullivan said. “It just came in for a couple of new special use permits for drive-thrus on restaurants.”
Sullivan also noted there are applications currently pending for a large apartment complex on Hearse Road.
“We also have Corcoran Brewery moving into town up on Hearse Road as well as another brewery coming,” Sullivan said. “We are starting to get a little cluster of breweries and distilleries and we are hoping to increase that.
Over the last year the Shops at Main and Maple have done a large renovation with Walgreens beng added next to Rite Aid. The Coney Island Diner and Vocelli's Pizza were also added.
“For the most part we have had small businesses expanding over the last year/ The Blue Ridge Veterinary Clinic doubled in size,” Sullivan said. “We are going to be starting a multi-million dollar upgrade of 21st Street which is our downtown. That will fix the infrastructure like sidewalks, roads and utilities underneath.”
Wineries are continuing to grow in Western Loudoun as well.
Lost Creek Winery was purchased a year ago.
When Aimee and Todd Henkle purchased Lost Creek, they retained the services of wine consultant Sebastien Marquet and plan to expand Lost Creek’s estate varietals to include cabernet franc, and syrah and petit verdot, in addition to offering more traditional Burgundy and Bordeaux wine making styles.
“Michael Huber is undergoing major expansion at his winery on Hogback Mountain,” Boles said.
Stone Tower Winery The winery and vineyards are spread out among a 200-acre site.
For 2014, there are plans at the winery to expand their acreage of planted vines from 22 to 55 acres. Stone Tower has an ultimate goal of producing somewhere in the range of 10,000 to 13,000 cases of wine per year.
Stone Tower broke ground on their production facility and tasting room in September 2012 with hopes to open to the public in spring 2014.
The new tasting room will be approximately 7,000 square feet and included with that will be a VIP area for wine club members only.
868 at Grandale Farm has completed their tasting room, which sits at an elevation of 868 feet.
Endless Summer Harvest, a hydroponic lettuce producer has received a zoning permit for an expansion to their facility in Purcellville.
Owned by Mary Ellen Taylor, Endless Summer Harvest is one of the foremost producers of gourmet lettuces and salad greens in the entire D.C. area.
Her new greenhouse will be fabricated in Canada and assembled here by Mennonite farmers, because of their expertise in barn building. Construction is expected to take four days.
“We are attaching the new addition onto the existing greenhouses and we will break ground in December, which means the first crop will be ready by May,” Taylor said. “We have been in really high demand and everything is sold before it’s germinated. I chose to double in size, adding 12,000 square feet.”
This article was originally published in the Loudoun Business Journal edition for the fourth quarter of 2013.
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