After meeting skepticism and resistance from county planners and supervisors, One Loudoun’s developer has offered to build a commuter parking lot and contribute $10 million to the county’s capital facilities construction fund instead of building an indoor recreation center.
Miller & Smith last year proposed to build an 80,000-square-foot, turnkey indoor recreation center and hand it over to the county instead of paying $16.3 million in cash proffers. Among other changes with the application were to allow the developer to build 725 more residential units, including 40 townhouses.
It the latest revision of its offer, Miller & Smith is offering to build a park-and-ride lot that the county is planning to build in fiscal year 2019, budgeting $3.29 million for the project. The developer would count that $3.29 million against its capital facilities payment, bringing it down to $10.26 million. The lot would open by July 2020.
In the latest version of the application, the developer also has cut the number of new multifamily units it is requesting, bringing the total number of additional residential units down to 640, 64 of which would be restricted to residents age 55 and older.
And although the county’s plans call for at least 200 parking spaces in the park and ride, one of Miller & Smith’s concept plans allows for more than 500 parking spots without increasing the developer’s credit against its cash payment.
The developer and others in the county, including Visit Loudoun CEO Beth Erickson, had argued that the indoor recreation center could help the businesses and tax base by attracting year-round sports tourism and events.
“I think there’s no doubt that an indoor rec center could attract significant Transient Occupancy Tax money to the county,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), whose district includes One Loudoun. But, he said, a sports center should be a private endeavor.
“It seemed like the consensus was that we don’t want to do something the private sector could do,” Meyer said. “Plus, it’s really not going to offset [the impact of] the development.”
The Board of Supervisors was scheduled take up this latest draft of One Loudoun’s application Thursday, Jan. 19.