Leesburg Commission Postpones Decision on Costco Expansion, Downtown Housing

The Leesburg Planning Commission had some major land development applications in front of it Thursday night, but both will be returning in the next few weeks for further deliberation.

The Costco on Edwards Ferry Road has applied for a request to amend a previously-approved special exception to allow the store to expand by 6,100 square feet. According to a staff report, the proposed expansion would be a 4 percent increase in the total square footage. The building addition includes a 3,340-square-foot increase to the general retail sales area, a 1,920-square-foot increase to the cooler area, and an 840-square-foot increase to the tire store adding one additional tire bay. The application also calls for 2,800 square feet of seasonal outdoor sales along the front side of the store facing Edwards Ferry Road.

The application was deferred by the commission to its Nov. 17 meeting.

Also coming before the commission for its initial review was an application to bring more housing to the downtown area. Crescent Place developer Don Knutson is proposing to construct four four-story buildings with 64 multi-family units and 7,100 square feet of commercial uses and recreation amenities on two acres on the east side of South King Street along Town Branch and the W&OD Trail. The property, which currently houses a small strip retail center and the Battery Warehouse, has some history to it. In 2008, Waterford Development received special exception approval to construct a parking garage and commercial space along the Town Branch. Jan Zachariasse, president and CEO of Waterford Development, had envisioned a walkable, pedestrian-oriented commercial space that would bring foot traffic to an area more used to passing cars and crossing cyclists off the W&OD Trail.

Knutson is hoping to build on the popularity of the residential offerings at Crescent Place to bring that same energy to the South King Street area.

An existing 3,100-square-foot office building on the site will also be part of the project. Knutson is also proposing to make improvements to the Town Branch and add a small pocket park on the site, right across from the town’s Georgetown Park. He also is working with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to make improvements to the area near the trail.

That application will be back for debate at the commission’s Oct. 20 meeting.

One application that was approved last Thursday was a request to waive the requirements to install sidewalk improvements in the area of 102 Cornwall Street, including the property’s frontage on North Street. That is part of a by-right application to construct four single-family homes. The applicant, Cornwall Partners, LLC, contended, and town staff concurred, that constructing sidewalk improvements in that area was not practicable because of the proximity to the Old Methodist Parsonage property graves and headstones. Instead, the applicant will replace the existing concrete sidewalk along the property’s Wirt Street frontage with a new, 5-foot-wide brick sidewalk.

 

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