Letter: Sara Gallagher, Leesburg

Editor: There is no way that Crescent Parke should be built. This development has too many important outstanding issues to be allowed to built.

Traffic is always a problem here in Leesburg.  Crescent Parke is just inviting more traffic to a part to town that is already experiencing rapid increase in traffic on Harrison Street and Gateway Drive. Many of us are house-bound between three and six each afternoon, but those council members who vote for Crescent Parks it will be demonstrating they don’t care about the residents that live here now. It is all about what is best for the developer.

Some members of this council seem to believe that all development is good development. Not so. The impacts will be felt sooner than later. The schools will be impacted. This is a school area that was just involved in a very controversial boundary changes because of overcrowding. Town services will be constrained even further by the massive increase in residential housing.  The developer is asking for a parking wavier so the people in the direct area can expect parking problems on Gateway Drive. Clear cutting the hill will result in huge loss of forest.

The “gift” of Old Izaak Walton Park should be viewed as little more than a bribe. Not only will the park be given to the town, but this developer is going to maintain the pond for two years. Of course, let us not forget that the developer needs to do this as it benefits his development’s viewshed and increases his property value.

So if you take out the park, what is good about this housing development? The town gets more density—a plethora of two-over-two townhouses—a majority of townhouses narrowing from 20 feet wide to 16 feet, and an “active adult” grouping of stacked townhouses built over retail. Further, with all this housing, the developer is asking for less residential parking. Nifty, on-street parking for all those cars trucks and trailers aiding and abetting the congestion on Gateway Drive and Davis Avenue.  With this development only 12 percent of the commercial is guaranteed.  So we get more townhouses, insignificant amount of commercial building and additional tax costs to service the new development. Walkability is not a valued component of this development.

Leesburg can do better.  I plead with the town council members to really look at this development and don’t allow you to be fooled.  If you, council members, are willing to accept inferior development, inferior is what you will get.

Remember that it is the existing Leesburg residents that vote and many of us will not be voting for those who approve Crescent Parke.

Sara Gallagher, Leesburg

One thought on “Letter: Sara Gallagher, Leesburg

  • 2016-10-18 at 9:14 am

    Sara – several comments…. The school overcrowding problem you referenced was created directly by one major problem, which is illegal immigration or the byproduct of illegal immigration, the children of illegal immigrants. You, and others like you, continue to vote for the likes, of Gwen Pangle, Evan MacBeth, Kelly Burk, Ron Campbell, Dave Butler, Luann Bennett, Hillary Clinton, etc. who openly welcome and fully support illegal immigrants who continue to burden our schools, roadways, jails/prisons, hospitals and massively drain our bottom line. I didn’t/don’t see you objecting to the two (2) massively larger construction projects that are currently in the land clearing phases, very, very slightly south of this proposed project, as they will have a much bigger (negative) impact on Leesburg. This Developer in this case owns the land, which is slated for this type of use, and he has been paying massive taxes to the county/town. If you owned the property, I am assured that you would expect the Town to work with you on what’s best for all parties, and not have the Kelly Burk approach, and not even fully review the paperwork. Personally, I could do without the traffic, but I think the new construction could do wonders to dress-up the extended neighborhood. Perhaps, your HOA could purchase the land from the Developer as we’ve all known for a considerable time that the land would one day become some type of development. One final comment…. You made me think of Trump by your comment “demonstrating they don’t care about the residents that live here now”…… Perhaps you are more Republican than you think……

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