Case Continued in King Street Renovation Flap

Leesburg’s Board of Architectural Review on Monday night approved the replacement of a rear service door at 11 S. King St., but took no action on other changes made to the fire-damaged building.

The panel last month criticized owner Michael O’Connor for replacing windows and doors without first applying for a required Certificate of Appropriateness.

BAR members said they had concerns about the number of windows that had been replaced and questioned whether some of the new windows matched the design of the originals—a tightly enforced standard on most historic district projects. O’Connor said he was assured the work would meet town standards. The repairs are needed after a 2015 fire resulted in the closure and eventual permanent relocation of Caulkins Jewelers.

Black Hoof Brewing Company is moving into the ground floor space and requested a wider back door to accommodate its deliveries. That request got a green light from the BAR on Monday. BAR member Richard Koochagian said the request was approvable because the addition is not a historic resource.

The panel plans to discuss the repairs during its next meeting, following a site visit to survey the work that has been completed.

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