A housing development targeted for the future Ashburn Metrorail Station will be up for a vote from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in June.
Loudoun’s transportation committee in late May recommended approving the project, which proposes to develop up to 843 multi-family and single-family attached units, up to 419,750 square feet of non-residential development and two public use sites that may be used as a public school and public park, according to county staff.
“The applicant and I have worked on this for two or three years. Of course I want a little less dense product in the Broadlands section, but I think this makes sense in the context of our affordable housing crisis, and so I can be supportive of this,” Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer (R) said.
Adjacent to the Broadlands community in Ashburn, the proposed site is located south of Waxpool Road, between Claiborne Parkway and Route 267.
Broadlands Commercial Development is proffering close to $3 million in transportation costs for the project to construct the portion of the future Moorefield Boulevard between Mooreview Parkway, an extension of Demott Drive, including two traffic signals and the construction of Old Ryan Road.
Since the March public hearing, the applicant added six unmet housing needs units for a total of 69 rentals south of Mooreview Parkway.
As part of land being set aside, developers have been in discussions about establishing a George Mason University satellite campus in Loudoun.
“I think one thing we haven’t talked about tonight, one thing I’m most excited about is the college,” Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said. "I believe we need more educational opportunities in Loudoun County, and this gives us one of those.”
Before the June 20 meeting, Meyer encouraged the developer to contact the Virginia Department of Transportation about adding additional sidewalks to the proffer list. Meyer’s motion to send the item for board approval passed 4-1, with Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D) in opposition.
“I’m not ready to support it tonight, but I think there’s some very fine aspects to it,” Umstattd said.