Leesburg Council Conveys Land to Rescue Squad for Expansion

The Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad on Catoctin Circle can move ahead with its long-needed expansion, thanks to a lot boundary adjustment approved by the Town Council last week.

Council members voted 6-0-1 to approve a boundary line adjustment that conveys 0.45 acres to the rescue squad. In return, the rescue squad will convey 0.55 acres of floodplain to the town and will pay $260,000 in five annual payments, to account for the total additional cost to relocate and construct the updated skate park on town property. The skate park project, currently under construction, was moved to a different portion of the Catoctin Circle property to allow for the rescue squad expansion of its building and parking area.

Deputy Town Manager Keith Markel noted that town staff and members of the rescue squad have been working together for more than a year to find an arrangement that would work for both parties.

“I think we’ve reached a great solution that supports their operations as well as the skate park,” he said.

Should the rescue squad ever cease operations at its current Catoctin Circle location, the recently conveyed property will revert to the town, Markel noted.

Councilman Tom Dunn was absent for the Dec. 13 vote.

Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad President Jim Cromer said there is no timeline for expansion, as planning is in the very early stages. A committee has been formed to study the feasibility of construction plans. An initial priority will be expanding parking for the staff members and volunteers, as well as the storage of emergency vehicles. Cromer also said hopes are that a building expansion will allow for more space to perform more community outreach.

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