Broadlands Ashburn Metro Development Project

Site design for the future housing development near the future Ashburn Metrorail Station.

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.

(40) comments

amerigirl

Cowbell, how did you go from “they'll probably all start at $500K†to “will start around $500K, which means, most will be in the $700K range with all added features� How would being close to metro add a tax? Not being a smart a$$, wondering what it is I don't know.

Doug Glatt

Everyone wants affordable housing. Basic economics makes affordable housing in Loudoun County impossible without some sort of subsidy from the State or Federal Government. Unless a philanthropist wants to build an apartment complex in the area and is comfortable losing money so that the complex becomes 'affordable'. You're asking companies not to charge market value in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Those types of people are few and far between these days.

AshburnRez

Please NO. Traffic will increase, property values will drop, crime will go up. Just another cash grab by the developers. And it is NOT within walking distance to the metro. If this goes through, I will actively campaign against every BOS that voted for it.

goodsamaritan

"property values will drop"....HaHaha. I said in my earlier post "People who oppose more housing have a vested interest in creating a short supply to jack up the prices of their homes. They have least regard for the hardships their brethren face in terms of high cost of housing and long commutes." @AshburnRez all you care about is your home value with no regards to how this kind of thinking is affecting others.

AshburnRez

You know nothing about my commute. Can't afford to live here? Move somewhere else. Noone is forcing you to live here. I want to live in Great Falls but can't afford it. It is what it is. You make your bed, you sleep in it. The Government (taxpayers) shouldn't have to make it for you.

amerigirl

ashburnrez, are you one of those people ho also opposes abortion but doesn't want all those kids on snap to get food at the governments expense?

applicant45554

goodsamaritan. I concede that part of it is people wanting the value of their home to appreciate, but I hope you will also concede the fact that allowing changes like this increases taxes and traffic for everyone in Loudoun. I think we both rather see this in Fairfax closer to where people are actually working where the tax revenues are collected by Fairfax on the commercial while Loudoun bears the cost associated with the residential

amerigirl

Crime will go up? So people who are not as fortunate as others are also criminals? Loudoun has the lowest crime rate in NOVA even with the affordable housing it already has. Loudoun County has seen a 19 percent decrease in crime since 2012. Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program provides newly constructed, affordable rental and for-sale housing for income-eligible citizens who live and work in the county as the first priority. If those citizens have been living here already why would the crime rate go up?

goodsamaritan

Good job BOS. We need even more houses in our county at affordable prices. High density affordable housing is the cry of the hour and the Board should not fail its residents. High rise buildings and small footprint dwellings will solve our housing crisis. People who oppose more housing have a vested interest in creating a short supply to jack up the prices of their homes. They have least regard for the hardships their brethren face in terms of high cost of housing and long commutes. Those who can't handle high density housing always have a choice to move to West Virginia. One of the reasons for traffic congestion is people live far away from their workplaces resulting in longer commutes and more time on the roads causing congestion. If more people can afford to live closer to their work traffic woes will dramatically reduce. I sincerely appeal to the BOS to build more high density affordable homes and don't listen to the opponents who have a single point agenda to prop up their own home prices.

amerigirl

So true, when my kids moved out of the house they had to move out of the county they were born and raised in to afford to live.

AshburnRez

So?

More Cowbell

Those houses/townhouses will start around $500K, which means, most will be in the $700K range with all added features. again, unsure what the developer/BOS considers affordable. And being close to metro will add an additional tax.

David Dickinson

Yeah, of the 843 units how many would be GUARANTEED to be affordable housing? Developer makes millions on 840 units, sets aside 4 for "affordable housing" and We the People get stuck building more roads and schools. And they wave a make believe "George Mason" carrot that will bait and switch to a dry cleaner and nail salon in a heartbeat. Whatever the "carrot" is, Loudoun needs to ensure that gets built first and after the promises are kept, then houses can be built.

applicant45554

So true. One Loudoun is the most conspicuous example of the bait and switch you’re describing. More practical just to oppose all the applications. Builders seem just too well funded and organized.

amerigirl

Aren't the people that live in those units part of "we the people" or is that reserved for those with money?

More Cowbell

And of course less than 1% of those living there will use Metro. When will the fix the structure or will they just wait for people to get hurt? BOS should all be replaced, they failed us by too much development. Since they're close to metro, they'll probably all start at $500K. They/BOS/Developer, never explain what is affordable.

amerigirl

Optimism?

Supervisor Ron Meyer

Hi Everyone, Short news articles can't always capture every detail  the nature preserve is staying... and actually becoming a permanent County park! We are also getting a needed school 15 acre school site to serve the new Metro-area development, right next to the preserve. I have walked in that area for years, and would never vote to lose it. Next, lots of questions about Class A office. There's actually a large amount (more than 100k square feet) of Class A office in this application, including the George Mason site which will now be walking distance to Metro. I know no one likes new housing, but it's better to have new housing near transit than new housing out in Western Loudoun adding to the traffic to DC. This is also the vision the previous Board endorsed to fund the Metro payments. This will be a great looking mixed use development.

amerigirl

Thanks for clearing that up.

applicant45554

Will the GMU campus be like the baseball field we have at One Loudoun? Will the Class A office space that never got built in One Loudoun? Will we end up bearing all the costs and traffic the additional residential units and a nominal proffer to set them off against and a food court like One Loudoun? Sorry for being skeptical, but it seems obvious that the homes zoned in Western Loudoun will be build anyway along with the new residential your set to authorize in the new comprehensive plan. Please stop approving these applications.

amerigirl

There is a GMU campus in Manassas why would this one be different? I guess when the Metro gets out to western Loudoun they could have the same problem, it that ever happens.

applicant45554

All I’m trying to say ( please forgive the grammar) is that we seem to always end up with only the additional housing in these “mixed use†applications. The builder and BOS sell us on the other stuff that never gets built. I think that’s their way of getting these past the uninformed masses (like myself) worried about the additional taxes & traffic brought on by more housing.

Badpookey

I'm not necessarily opposed to more housing, more development, etc., but it seems that here in Broadlands we are bearing the brunt of it. I've lived here just 5 years and people now regard my neighborhood as "industrial"! You can't travel less than 2 miles in any direction without hitting a major building project. If we must keep building stuff, spread the wealth! Let other folks in the county who think this is great get to enjoy endless rows of data centers, power substations, etc.

loudouner

That is good to hear about the preserve.

David Dickinson

How is this a net positive for the County? Green space costs nothing to maintain. New developments, new schools, new infrastructure is carried by the taxpayers who currently live here and don't benefit from new development.

loudouner

It would be unfortunate if the development goes through. There is a nice reservoir there currently housing some nice wildlife (turtles, birds and fish) and a good place to walk during summer.

mopar19

They should be building class A high rise offices with retail below. No additional housing is needed. This notion of building affordable housing by the metros is a waste of time. If your looking for affordable housing by metro try Deanwood.

applicant45554

Amen. The argument that there’s too much office space is phony. Supply and demand. If we have more if it, the prices will drop and the cheaper commercial real estate will be another competitive advantage for the county.

romano

Broadlands long ago became an eyesore...this is just more of the same

Myloves11

We need more affordable housing. Im a single mom of 2 boys. I work 2 jobs and have a hard time finding a place to live. But the county just wants to keep building all these expensive homes that we don't need.

mopar19

Sounds like life choices are to blame for your troubles.

AshburnRez

Have you tried Sterling Park?

amerigirl

Both of my kids had tried townhouses and apartments (years ago) and they had some pretty hefty waiting lists. You also need to consider childcare.

TomPaine

This area needs to be high density with high rises and such. Keep the inflowing population to the areas near the new terminals not building McMansions all over the rest of the county.

feathers

I guess there will be a new traffic light at Demott and Mooreview Pkwy? The series of lights across Mooreview will be annoying since there will also be a new light to cross Croson. A total nightmare for pedestrians!

Skyprince

God help the poor schmos who have to live in that mess of a development called Broadlands. This county was sold a bill of goods by allowing Metro to come here. It will only cause more traffic, more needs for schools etc. The current and former BOS just bend over and ask the developers to let em have it time and again, over and over. What a disgraceful body of fools we have now and in the past. 843 units with even just 2 persons per unit is nearly 2000 more residents, and most will have probably more than 2. When will this county take care of those here, and stop worrying about housing demand for the future? Government should not be bending over to placate out of county or state builders who have made LoCo their play toy? Grow a set BOS...and understand this county is overbuilt now!! Take care of us!!!

amerigirl

Shouldn't metro cut down on traffic since it is an alternative source of transportation? The housing demand is here and now, which is why they are addressing it.(check out previous article). How are they placating out of county builders, wouldn't they ask for bids?

Doug Glatt

Another disappointing example of paving over the natural beauty of Loudoun. The Broadlands Wetlands Preservation Area WAS a beautiful spot to walk around. Better hurry up and enjoy it before it is gone.

Bruce

I'm gonna go get my real estate license right now!

Loudoun4Trump

How come no class A office space? on top of the metro that is where you would expect it....another developers dream to put up houses and strip malls...

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