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Loudoun supervisors approve Lidl-anchored commercial development in Broadlands

View of the Broadlands development. Section 104, the site of where the commercial and retail space will be and Section 108, the proposed 28 townhome development the applicant withdrew.
A 13-acre commercial and retail development anchored by German grocer Lidl is coming to 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.


Riverstone: Evidently the former Safeway location will be divided into three spaces with Starbucks taking one of and another new tenant (it appears to be a secret for now) taking one and the other still unfilled.
Royal Farms will be part of the new shopping center and three words come to mind when I think of Royal Farms: Great Fried Chicken!
You would never think a gas station would even sell fried chicken but Royal Farms has fantastic chicken. Remember when Family Meal was advertising they had the best fried chicken in the world? I tried it, looked at my wife and said “Royal Farms is ten times better than this”. Can’t wait!

Section 104 encompasses about 61 acres which was already zoned for commercial uses. Office space, a convenience store with gas pumps and a drive-thru bank. I don’t believe a bank has yet to be announced, but it was announced a few weeks ago that Royal Farms will be opening a convenience store/gas station there. This application was to allow 7 acres to be used for a mini-warehouse and 6.2 acres as retail instead of for office space.

Agreed, this particular one does not appear to be the bait-and-switch we have seen with most of the large planned developments of the last 25 years.

RQS, yes, the context would be very helpful.  But, regardless, there are no new houses.  That is almost as good as it gets.

General rule of thumb in Loudoun:  NEVER complain about commercial development.

Because if they weren’t building that shopping center then they’d be building high density housing instead.

David/all, you do realize that Broadlands, from its inception in the 1990’s, frontloaded the residential units in a way that, if proposed today, would be greatly criticized. Published info puts the planned # of units at 4,000. It’s largely built-out. This new commercial serves Broadlands, but also the greater western Ashburn area, and of course will have great visibility to and access from the Greenway (appropriately). So yes, kudos for services and tax revenue.  The article (per usual) doesn’t really tell us exactly what type of application this was (was it a rezoning, or a concept plan change, or a special exception, or a zoning modification, or combo of those?).  So what we don’t know is, was this a swap of already approved residential units for commercial? I would have thought that would have been played up greatly if it were the case, because you never see the developer going away from residential units, only adding them. Until I know what was originally approved/zoned for this land, I can’t gauge it. And this morning, I just don’t feel like investigating LOLA :-).

Like we need another shopping center!  What about the empty Safeway location.  I thought section 104 was going to be solely office buildings and a mini-warehouse.  Is the nature trail being bulldozed?  Not happy!

An “unsafe” intersection when it abuts the Greenway and LCPS’ castle?  Are you kidding me?

And with a mini-warehouse, LCPS can store all the data (growth reports and harassment claims) that it ignores anyway.

“There’s not one residential unit in this thing. This is 100 percent commercial,”

Woo-hoo.  This is the good kind of development.

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