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    Loudoun County developments to watch in 2014

    Click here for Part I of the series

    In the second part of a two-part series, the Times-Mirror looks at the mixed-use developments of Dulles Town Center, Loudoun Station, Moorefield Station and Village at Leesburg. Designed as urban walkable environments, these developments have aspects of commercial, residential, and retail real estate in one location.

    Dulles Town Center
    Location: Near the intersection of Route 7 and Route 28
    Developer: Lerner Enterprises
    Fact Sheet: There are plans for a total of 5.4 million square feet of office, commercial and retail space.

    Lerner Enterprises looks to expand Dulles Town Center in 2014. The development, which was started in 2014, has two big projects slated to take place in the coming year.

    A Regal Theater began construction in May 2013 and should be finished in the summer of 2014.

    The Windmill Parc apartment complex, containing 433 apartments, will also begin construction in May with move-in for its first residents starting in 2014.

    Nokes Plaza, which Lerner Enterprise's website describes as "a planned 56,000 square foot mixed-use office, medical, retail building at The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center" is slated to finish construction some time in 2015.

    On Nokes Boulevard there will also be two pad sites for retail locations.

    Loudoun Station
    Location: Adjacent to the final stop on the planned Silver Line
    Developer: Comstock Companies
    Fact Sheet: One million square feet designated for class-A office space, 300,000 square feet planned for restaurants, retail and a hotel.

    Groundbreaking on Loudoun Station began in April 2011.

    The Loudoun Station website describes the new development as "a signature 'downtown' community with an exciting mix of shops, restaurants, residences and offices, along with a hotel and 11-screen movie theater."

    As its name would imply, Loudoun Station is expected to be adjacent to the Silver Line at the terminus State Route 772 station.

    Leasing has already begun at BLVD, an upscale apartment complex that will eventually integrate with the completed development.

    Retail outlets Burger 21, Title Boxing, The Zone amusement center and In Style Nails are expected to open in 2014.

    Also slated to open in 2014 is the aforementioned Starplex Cinema, which will be the entertainment anchor for the development.

    The Route 772 Metro stop is not slated to finish construction until 2018.

    Moorefield Station
    Location: At the Route 772 Metro station on the Dulles Greenway
    Fact Sheet: Moorefield Station has been approved for 9.5 million square feet of office space, a hotel, retail and commercial space.

    Moorefield Station will, along with Loudoun Station, sandwich the Route 772 Metro stop. Both developments illustrate the belief that a mass transit station presents the logical location for a downtown walkable community.

    The Claude Moore Charitable foundation has sold or committed more than 200 acres of the almost 600 originally intended for Moorefield Station, giving it 395 acres to develop.

    Claude Moore Charitable Foundation uses proceeds from the development of land to pursue educational philanthropy and provide education grants, including the Times-Mirror's Future Leaders Program.

    A school site, public safety site, public recreation site and parking for the Metro were part of the acreage sold or committed already.

    Around 20 acres of that is for parking at the Route 772 station.

    Townhomes are planned near the southern end of the development, with office buildings surrounding a 10.5- acre recreation center. The middle portion of the land has not been developed, and the north is preliminarily slated for townhomes and other residential locations.

    Village at Leesburg
    Location: At the intersection of Cross Trail Boulevard and Route 7
    Fact Sheet: 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use.

    Construction is expected to continue, while “for lease” signs still hang at the Village at Leesburg.

    An expansion of the residential offerings is expected to begin some time in 2014.

    To the south, across Russell Branch Parkway from the existing development, the Village developers plan for more residential buildings "to compliment what's there now" according to Wanda Ruffner, an executive assistant at the Town of Leesburg Plan Review.

    The plan calls for the construction of 207 residential units.

    According to Ruffner, the Village at Leesburg also owns two lots to the east of Cross Trail Boulevard, across from Wegman's.

    Plans for these two lots are still in preliminary stages.

    Click here for Part I of the series


    All these new communities with way too many houses and not enough money for new Schools, police, fire and roads. When will our BOS listen to the Loudoun taxpayers?

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