Council to Push for Courts Complex Parking Alternative

While few details have been made public, it appears the Leesburg Town Council and the Loudoun Board of Supervisors are on opposite sides of a potential parking compromise.

During the council’s Monday work session, Mayor David S. Butler said he wanted the town to go on record as being willing to reduce the parking requirement for the expanded courts complex. The suggestion is aimed at avoiding the construction of a four-story parking garage at the county-owned Pennington lot off North Street. Neighbors have objected to the structure, which was originally planned for three stories.

Butler said it was unclear whether the fourth level was needed to comply with town regulations or was needed by county leaders to meet their parking needs for operations at the courts complex and the County Government Center.

Butler’s suggestion comes just weeks after separate closed door meetings held by the council and the Board of Supervisors to review an alternative plan that would add county parking spaces to the planned Courthouse Square development on the former Loudoun Times-Mirror property downtown.

The council met behind closed doors with the developer and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet two weeks ago to discuss the plan. At that time, the council was expected to vote on a resolution authorizing Town Manager Kaj Dentler to explore parking alternatives, but no vote was taken.

Following their closed session last week, county supervisors also took no action.

Vice Mayor Kelly Burk said supervisors were told by the county staff that the cost of pursuing the parking alternative with Courthouse Square would be too expensive. “They got financial information that we didn’t get,” she said.

Councilwoman Katie Sheldon Hammler said the council should have that information before taking any action.

Butler called for a vote on the issue at the council’s May 24 meeting.