Leesburg Council Ends Purchase Talks on Wirt Street Property, Eyes Other Building

The Leesburg Town Council ended discussions with a Wirt Street property owner on a parcel that could have aided in a future expansion of the Town Hall.

In February, council members, following a closed session, directed Town Attorney Barbara Notar and the town staff to explore the purchase of a house for sale at 16 Wirt St SW. At the time the property had recently come on the market. It was assessed by the county at $284,000.

In an interview following the vote, Mayor Kelly Burk had emphasized that the potential of purchasing the property was simply in the exploratory phase, but could have provided the town with more room on which to eventually expand Town Hall.

This week, it appears council members are set to look elsewhere. The council came out of closed session Tuesday night to direct Town Manager Kaj Dentler to end discussions with the Wirt Street property owner. However, an additional motion authorized Dentler and Notar to “explore the purchase of a certain office building located in Leesburg for a public purpose.”

According to Notar, state code does not require localities to disclose the address of a property to which it is exploring a purchase. In the case of the Wirt Street property, the owner had previously been contacted, which is why that property’s address had been disclosed, she said.

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