The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 3 approved a key piece of developing another east-west alternative to the Dulles Greenway.
Approved unanimously on the consent agenda, the board agreed to purchase 24.9 acres of land from Sentinel Data Centers to construct multiple roads and streets that will offer commuters an alternative to the 14-mile Dulles Greenway, according to Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run)
As part of the agreement with SDC Ashburn I, LLC (Sentinel Data Centers), the board agreed to pay $17.7 million toward constructing Shellhorn Road, Barrister Street, Prentice Drive, and Lockridge Road.
In March, SA Associates South, LLC—the company behind the Silver District West project—agreed to construct some of the roadways as part of its 158-acre mixed-use community plan.
“Last night, the Loudoun board voted 9-0 to authorize the county to finalize the land acquisition for the largest portion of land needed to begin construction on the Shellhorn Road extension to Route 28,” Meyer said in a prepared statement.
In April 2018, conversations between the data center company and Loudoun County officials began with an aim for the county to acquire the land needed for construction of the extensions and improvements to the roadways across from the company’s property.
Sentinel Data Centers still owns more than 200 acres after purchasing the property from the Antigone-Taustin family for $82.5 million.
Meyer said the section of Shellhorn Road that was agreed to under the purchase stretches from near the Dominion substation along Loudoun County Parkway to the Loudoun Gateway Metro Station, which is directly parallel to the Greenway.
The county also acquired needed right-of-way for future Barrister Street and Prentice Drive extensions.
“Many in the past, like when I ran on this project in 2015, claimed this road could never be built because this section of land could not be acquired. Well, we negotiated for it and acquired it, without using eminent domain. Thank you to those in county staff and in my office who helped make it happen,” Meyer said.
The Silver District West project, a 158-acre mixed-use community development, will be located south and west of the Dulles Greenway at Loudoun County Parkway. Developed by Soave Enterprises, the project includes up to 3,706 residences and more than 1 million square feet of non-residential uses.
The developers proffered land for a new elementary school and public park use, as well as construction of area regional roads. The transportation proffers are expected to save the county an estimated $84.5 million.
Developers will expand Loudoun County Parkway from four to six travel lanes from Shellhorn Road to Ryan Road and improve each intersection, construct Shellhorn Road from Barrister Street to Dulles Airport property and construct Barrister Street north of the Dulles Greenway to Shellhorn Road.
The project also includes a provision for a bridge to be built across the Dulles Greenway that TRIP II, owners of the Greenway, will be responsible for constructing.