You could be forgiven if you’ve driven by the large building on Depot Court in Leesburg and wondered what to make of the space that formerly housed the Leesburg Senior Center and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. Now known as Leesburg Junction, the building is contributing to a revival of the area that includes Crescent Place, the sculpture garden at Raflo Park and some of the favorites in downtown’s bustling restaurant scene.
It was just a year and a half ago that Drew Clyde and Jack O’Donnell first met. Clyde, the pastor of Headway Church, would often peek in the 215 Depot Court building, which had been empty for about two and a half years after the county departments moved out, and wonder if it would be the right space for his church. He called to inquire about the building, but did not receive a call back. Until, one day, O’Donnell returned his call.
“He heard my vision and he was inspired,” Clyde recalls.
Now, Clyde, one of the owners and founders of Leesburg Junction, and O’Donnell, who helps to manage the building, have joined forces to create a space that hosts several uses, but has one shared vision: making a difference.
Billing itself as “a collaborative work space and event venue,” the handsomely decorated and renovated Leesburg Junction takes up the majority of the three-floor building. Inside you will find work spaces and meeting rooms available to rent for businesses, or individuals looking for a step up from home offices, and a large event venue appropriate for just about any occasion. Clyde’s church also operates out of the Leesburg Junction, as well as O’Donnell’s NuVu Real Estate.
Leesburg Junction bills itself as a community of “entrepreneurs, artists and advocates,” Clyde said, and holds Final Fridays programs, when area residents and visitors can enjoy performances by local artists on the last Friday of each month. A coffee shop, coming soon on the first floor, will round out the offerings for the time being.
It’s not your typical workspace, Clyde emphasized.
“We’re a community of people that value connecting and collaborating with others,” he said. “You value the relationships. So whether you’re a business or a nonprofit, you don’t just want to make money, you want to make a difference. Connecting leads to business and personal growth and making an impact on the community. We want it to be making progress while you enjoy the process.”
Leesburg Junction itself is a nonprofit, so the proceeds go to its strategic community partners that serve people in need, Clyde said.
“It’s really [about] helping everybody in the community flourish,” he said.
It’s been a whirlwind getting the building to where it is now, with Clyde noting it was in less-than-stellar condition when renovations began in earnest. Most of the work was done by the men who started the venture and was completed in less than a year since the two decided to partner.
“We’re excited,” Clyde said. “It’s cool to see how far we’ve come.”
For more information about Leesburg Junction, go to leesburgjunction.com.