Facelifts Coming to King St. Shops in Leesburg

Monday night’s Board of Architectural Review provided a glimpse into some major changes coming to the eastern side of King Street in downtown Leesburg.

The King Street Oyster Bar and owner Rick Allison have filed an application to add a rear addition onto the 12 S. King St. restaurant. According to the BAR staff report, the project includes the construction of a one-story, shed-roofed addition on the back of the building for use as a restaurant seating area, as well as the installation of a walk-in cooler in the rear yard. That application was continued to the BAR’s Nov. 6 work session.

Further down King Street, Olivia Schnibbe has submitted an application for 24 and 26 S. King St. for the future SideBar restaurant. The first floor of 24 S. King St. is proposed to be used as a kitchen, with the first-floor window planned for take-out access, allowing patrons to purchase coffee and other to-go items from the sidewalk. The restaurant will also fill the space at 26 S. King St., where the carriage house rear addition will be converted into an indoor dining area. Discussion of the project also will continue at the BAR’s Nov. 6 work session.

The Leesburg Antique Emporium at 30 and 32 S. King St. will also be getting a dramatic facelift. That project, which received its Certificate of Appropriateness from the BAR Monday, will involve the reconfiguration of the two existing storefronts to appear as three storefronts on the west side of the building. That will provide access to three proposed tenant spaces. It will require the addition of five new windows, among other architectural changes.

Reached Tuesday, Yvonne Eble, manager for the antiques emporium, said the business is still exploring its options as to whether it will lease space in one of the new storefronts or relocate altogether.

Another project that will see its day before the BAR in November is developer Don Knutson’s King Street Station project, already approved by the Town Council for 64 multi-family residential units and 7,100 square feet of commercial space in the area along 222-224 South King St. According to town Preservation Planner Tom Scofield, the BAR will hold a separate work session for Knutson’s project, with no date yet set.


2 thoughts on “Facelifts Coming to King St. Shops in Leesburg

  • 2017-10-18 at 11:53 am

    I wish the Antique emporium would leave. it smells horrible and musty in there. Another brew pub or restaurant would be preferred, even though there are lots of those. No banks, please.

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