The Leesburg Town Council last week unanimously signed off on a concept plan change that will allow the last undeveloped parcel at the Village at Leesburg to be constructed as residential units, rather than office development.
The developers were seeking a concept plan and proffer amendment for Pad X, which was previously approved for 55,440 square feet of office use. With that market now considerably cold, Rappaport Companies now seeks instead to develop that parcel as a 60-unit, multi-family apartment building. The parcel is located off Russell Branch Parkway in front of the parking garage. Last February, the council approved a Zoning Ordinance amendment, also proposed by the developer, that would provide flexibility in allowing other uses than originally planned if a certain amount of nonresidential development had already been constructed. These changes would still require council approval.
While residential leasing at the Village has been robust from day one, office leasing has long been a challenge, Emily Struck, director of development at Rappaport, previously told the Planning Commission.