Leesburg BAR Approves Courts Complex Expansion Plan

Plans to build a new Loudoun County District Court building cleared another hurdle Monday night when the Leesburg Board of Architectural Review signed off on the final design for the site.

The action came six months after the Town Council gave its approval for plans to expand the downtown courts complex—after extensive debate over the demolition of three county-owned buildings on the property and over the scale of the new structure. The size of the court complex’s parking garage—approved for four levels at the county’s Pennington tract—continues to be a point of contention among town leaders.

A view of the planned District Court building at the corner of Church Street and Edwards Ferry Road.
A view of the planned District Court building at the corner of Church Street and Edwards Ferry Road.

The 92,000-square-foot District Court building will be constructed along Church Street, at the former site of the county jail, now a parking lot. After weeks of BAR review, there was agreement among town and county representatives that they had identified the best option, although concerns remained that the use was a tight fit in the neighborhood. The board’s latest round of review focused on site improvements, including street lights and landscaping. In the end, the final discussion point was the design of a landscaping planter at the corner of Church Street and Edwards Ferry Road.

The $57 million District Court project is scheduled to move to the construction phase in 2017.

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