New Active Adult Project in Loudoun County, VA
Filling In the Gaps
By Erika Jacobson
October 24, 2007
The board approved Brambleton’s active adult, town center residential, Brambleton Brandt and Brambleton Corner applications by a 7-2 vote, with Chairman Scott K. York (I-At large) and Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge) voting no.
“Basically it comes down to, if you believe that 1.75 miles [of road] in exchange for some 2,000 houses is good, you vote for it,” Burton said. “If you don’t, don’t vote for it.”
INCLUDED IN THE active adult community are up to 1,502 residential units and up to 140,000 square feet of nonresidential and retail uses. The plan also includes a 3.75-acre library site, which the applicant could give to the county or could work with the library board to create a facility similar to what is being developed at the Gum Spring Library in the Stone Ridge community.
“If we’re talking about 2,000 active adult communities versus regular residential, I think this is a good example of the work we’re are trying to do,” Supervisor Mick Staton (R-Sugarland Run) said.
The Brambleton Corner project will develop 49 townhouses on 3.93 acres and the Brambleton Brandt application will allow for an approximately 26,000-square-foot retail center, which lies within the Dulles International Airport noise contours, to be built in the southern half of the application and 109 single-family homes and 127 townhouses in the northern portion. The residential portion of the Brambleton Town Center would allow for the development of 144 townhouses over 18.68 acres directly across from the town center.
REGARDLESS OF the residential aspects of the projects, however, it was the prospect of completing Loudoun County Parkway that sold many of the supervisors on the project.
“This was part of our whole plan to get roads,” Supervisor Stephen Snow (R-Dulles) said. “I think this is what the citizens want, I think it is what they have been clamoring for.”