Leesburg Council Exploring Options for Golf Club Property

Could Westpark Golf Club become the next town park? That and other options are certain to be explored by Leesburg town staff following a Town Council motion Tuesday night.

Council members unanimously passed a resolution to “explore options” when it comes to the 142-acre golf club property, currently up for sale. Located off Clubhouse Drive and South King Street, the sprawling golf club property is expected to attract interest for its development possibilities, as parts of the land are zoned for both residential and commercial uses.

Some are concerned about potential loss of the golf club and the open land. Dozens of residents filled Council Chambers Tuesday night and many signed up to speak during the petitioner’s section of the meeting, sharing their thoughts on how the town should play a role in determining the use of the property by perhaps buying it.

But not a single resident needed to speak to get what they wanted. Councilman Tom Dunn was successful in finding unanimous support to suspend the rules to add the motion to Tuesday’s agenda ahead of the public comment period. And they passed, also unanimous, resolution to direct town staff provide the council with some initial feedback about the options during its first set of meetings in November. The resolution also directed the staff to look at options that could involve both Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority as partners.

Councilman Marty Martinez said he was saddened that the golf club use could be lost. He noted that the Parks and Recreation Commission had recently passed a resolution supporting the town exploring its options when it comes to the land.

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

5 thoughts on “Leesburg Council Exploring Options for Golf Club Property

  • 2017-10-25 at 8:46 am
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    Dunn seems to be the only one who knows how to run a meeting and put the wishes of the citizens first.

  • 2017-10-25 at 8:49 am
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    I spoke to the Broker personally several weeks ago about venturing a deal to buy the property, or a portion thereof, as it is broken into 3 sections. Many things are doable from a private perspective, as the commercial aspect is entertaining. The aspect about the golf course is probably not doable, but that is what I was actually more interested in as I had thoughts of a new clubhouse, improvements to the course, etc. If you opted to do away with the course, I don’t think building houses, would be lucrative, but who knows to a developer if he purchased the entire property. The thought of a municipal golf course is a MASSIVE LOSER and I love the game of golf!!!!!! The “clubhouse” is in shambles, the course needs major improvements, etc. During the harsh winter there can be no source of revenue for weeks and months. During the harsh summer, the water supply steadily evaporates, and the fairways and greens are hard as rocks, so fees drop to very low comparative prices (other local courses water their courses daily). I think the residents in the Council Chambers were residents living adjacent to the course fearing “new construction”, which I would be concerned to. Tom Dunn/Ken Reid – I too will be saddened if this course leaves, but very few residents will use the course and it will cost a ton upfront to improve, cost a ton to maintain, cost a ton to pay employees, etc. Let a private firm figure out what will become of the property.

  • 2017-10-25 at 12:14 pm
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    I see that GoodOle and Leesburgsfinest(Not!) have shown to us all that they are not fiscal conservatives, and are for big government spending, and taxes going through the roof. And they seem to love Ken Reid and Tom Dunn for this attitude of supporting big government spending. I guess we now know where the world turns – no honesty or a belief in fiscal responsibility.

  • 2017-10-25 at 11:27 pm
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    Hi Laugh it up
    I cant speak to Dunn’s taxing other then he always seems to vote against spending money. I simple saw that he moved the meeting along by letting a lot of people know that the Town will look at all options. Those options will likely include purchasing and doing nothing with westpark. I think reid suggested funding from other sources.

    You must be reading another article Mr laugh it up

  • 2017-10-27 at 6:20 pm
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    NEWS at 10
    NO WESTPARK FUNDING
    Pay for play Council Members Burk Martinez Fox and Campbell are giving $8 Million to the rich guys at the Leesburg Airport Commission. If you want West park money you will have to donate more then the Airport Commission gives this Council.

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