Efforts to consolidate county government operations advanced last week when the Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of two more buildings near Leesburg Executive Airport.
The board also agreed to consider abating the lease for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry in exchange for having the nonprofit move out of county-owned space earlier than planned.
The board authorized the purchase of an office building and 4.5 acres at 101 Blue Seal Drive for $5.2 million. The property is owned by the National Institute of Auto Service Excellence is assessed at $6.22 million.
The county government is also buying a 3.48-acre property at 742 Miller Drive, the former home of Cornerstone Chapel. The purchase price was $4.65 million; the property is assessed at $3.4 million. The board authorized another $3.45 million for renovations to that building.
The purchases were approved on an 8-1 vote, with Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio opposed.
Loudoun Interfaith Relief leases warehouse space in a county-owned building at 750 Miller Drive at a rate of $7,600 per month. The lease continues through June 30, 2023, but county space planners say they’ll have use for the building sooner. The county is seeking to modify the lease to expire in 2020. LIR is working to acquire space of its own.
The purchase of two additional south Leesburg properties came on the same day that the Board of Supervisors approved a special exception application to allow construction of an animal shelter, a warehouse, a juvenile probation residence, general offices, and an adolescent independent living facility on the county’s government support complex just south of the town limits. That plan was approved on a 6-2-1 vote, with Supervisor Kenneth D. Reid (R-Leesburg) and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) opposed. Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) was absent for the vote.