UPDATE: County nixes plans for eminent domain in Aldie Fire Station search
Supervisors discussed the issue in closed session Wednesday, after which they voted publicly 7-0 to no longer pursue the eminent domain, or condemnation, option. Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) and Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) were absent for the vote.
County officials have been negotiating the purchase of nearly 10 acres at 39573 John Mosby Highway since late 2012, but landowners David N. Senty and Laura P. Senty have repeatedly declined their offers, according to a staff report.
In 2013, the board directed staff to attempt to acquire the Senty's property through a negotiated sale, according to county documents. In July and August, staff made written offers to the Sentys in the amounts of $875,000 and $1 million, respectively. Those offers were rejected by the Sentys, who stated on both occasions that they would agree to sell the property only if the board accepted their price of $2.5 million. In November 2013, staff made an additional offer to the Sentys in the amount of $1.1 million, which the Sentys again rejected. The board then directed staff to pursue condemnation of the property.
With the decision to no longer pursue the Senty's property, the county will resume its years-long search for an appropriate site for the new Aldie fire and rescue station, which will service Middleburg, Arcola, Philomont, Kirkpatrick Farms and Leesburg.
Click here to read the county report.