The Leesburg Board of Architectural Review wants the Town Council to put some more thought into the future of the land surrounding Town Hall before it considers plans to build an interactive water fountain along Loudoun Street.
Meeting Monday night, the panel adopted a resolution asking the Town Council to develop a master plan that provides more detail about future uses of the land around Town Hall, including the open spaces on the south side of the town garage where the fountain is planned, the Rose Garden area, the Town Green and the alley east of the garage. The request follows questions by board members about whether the corner of Loudoun Street and the alley was the best location for the fountain.
Under the current schedule, the BAR faces an Oct. 3 deadline to vote on the Certificate of Appropriateness for the splash pad. William Ference, the parks department space planner who is leading the project, agreed that a master plan would be helpful, but worried about delaying the fountain, which is planned for construction this fiscal year. The BAR voted to put its review of the project on hold until hearing from the council.
The council in December approved spending $300,000 on the project, designed to be a focal point of Mervin Jackson Park and to help bring visitors downtown. Under current plans, the splash pad would open by next summer, after five months of construction.