Loudoun supervisors approve Lidl-anchored commercial development in Broadlands
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved the planned development at the northwest end of the intersection of Broadlands Boulevard and Claiborne Parkway. The property is expected include office space, a mini-warehouse, a Royal Farms convenience store and Lidl.
The approval came after several revisions to the application following Broadlands residents' concerns about traffic and congestion in an already crowded neighborhood.
Originally, developer Van Metre proposed to build 28 townhomes on a separate seven-acre property on the other side of Claiborne Parkway at the northeast end of the intersection of Broadlands Boulevard and the Dulles Greenway, but later withdrew its request.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who represents the area, said the applicant worked with the board and staff to address many of the safety concerns.
But other supervisors said they were erring on the side of caution.
Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) said the outstanding warrant study was an “obvious problem.”
“Creating more unsafe intersections is not the way to do business in Loudoun County. We’ve learned our lessons the hard way here,” Meyer said.
Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) agreed. She said she appreciated the applicant’s compromise on the application, but she did not want to risk residents' safety.
“It’s not OK for me to decide that we have to have something safer after we have two or three accidents. That’s just a little bit too late for me,” Randall said.
Buona, however, touted the economic payoff of the development.
“There’s not one residential unit in this thing. This is 100 percent commercial,” Buona said.
The application was approved on a 7-2 vote, with Randall and Meyer opposed.
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