Property Owners Seek Eastward Expansion for Purcellville

After an Oct. 25 briefing on a request by Harmony Meadows LLC for the town to annex its 16-acre property, members of the Purcellville Town Council suggested the applicant firm up its plans and hold a community meeting to gauge public opinion.

The property lies east of the O’Toole property to the south of Main Street and east of the W.T. Druhan Jr. Boulevard roundabout at the Rt. 287 and Rt7 junction. The Harmony Meadows fronts Colonial Highway, directly opposite the Catoctin Corner shopping center that is under construction on the north side of the road.

A site plan for five residential lots at Harmony Meadows was approved in 2007. The O’Toole property was brought into town in 2009, and the current owners of Harmony Meadows—who purchased the property two years ago—have approached the council to see if mixed use residential and commercial would be better suited on the land. Annexation would allow the development to receive water and sewer service from the town.

Harmony Meadows partner John Sabo presented the proposal to the council, along with engineer Ted Britt, principal of Tri-Tek Engineering, and Realtor Clinton Chapman. Britt is also a part of the ownership group that purchased the five-lot subdivision two years ago.

Britt said the partners consider the property “transitional” and envision a mix of commercial, residential and, perhaps, elderly housing.

Council members asked for more specifics and questioned whether there would be public support for the project.

“They were coming to us with a very nebulous idea as to the general practicality,” Councilman Chris Bledsoe said this week. “They need a more specific plan for the property and some sort of traffic mitigation plan.”

Bledsoe has concerns about the traffic impact of more extensive development on the site. “It’s directly opposite one entrance to Catoctin Corner, and it’s at one entrance into town—all of that comes into play,” he said.

Councilman Doug McCollum said this week while the concept merits discussion, there are many issues to be worked through, including the traffic concerns.

Britt said he understood the council wants more details and they want to hear from the community. “Our position is that it made a lot of sense to investigate this,” he said. The developers plan to come up with a couple of conceptual plans and disseminate them to the council, Planning Commission and the town staff and to get public feedback.

If there is not support for the mixed-use concept, the property owners could move ahead with the approved plans, he said.

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