Four drive-through restaurants will be coming to Compass Creek after Leesburg Town Council voted in favor of a rezoning Tuesday night.
While the identities of the four establishments have not been disclosed, one will be a coffee shop and three will be fast-food restaurants, one with two stories.
“This whole area of Compass Creek is going to be an extraordinary benefit to the town,” Councilman Neil Steinberg said.
While a large portion of Compass Creek currently sits on county property, the plot where these four restaurants are expected to sit is across from Ion International Training Center and inside Leesburg’s corporate boundaries.
Leesburg is trying to incorporate the rest of Compass Creek by a Boundary Line Adjustment, started before Leesburg’s latest efforts to annex the entire Joint Land Management Area from Loudoun County.
The plot next door to the restaurants, currently on Loudoun County land, is also slated for development. County government is reviewing a proposal to bring a 116-room hotel, gas station and convenience store, retail shops and a sit-down restaurant to the site.
While council overall approved of the development, most objected to the modern, square design of some of the buildings, especially the two-story restaurant.
“[They] look like hangars at the airport,” Councilman Tom Dunn said.
Developer Peterson Companies responded that it would work on the architecture of some of the buildings with the Board of Architectural Review.
While Mayor Kelly Burk said that she is not personally a fan of fast-food restaurants, she said that the establishments would fit with the rest of Compass Creek.
“I do think it goes along with Ion and how it looks,” Burk said.
Construction on the coffee shop will begin first, with restaurants expected to begin opening in the spring of 2021.