The Loudoun Board of Supervisors has approved plans for a 10-acre outdoor vehicle storage lot on a vacant lot at the intersection of Rt. 28 and the W&OD Trail.
The car lot will be next door to another of the owner’s properties, which the Board of Zoning Appeals approved in February for an auto sales business and service facility, car rental, gas station, and two restaurants, one with a drive-through. The car lot will serve the car rental business.
The parcel, now called Guilford Station North, sits across Rt. 28 from a CarMax dealership and the Dulles 28 Centre shopping center, and across the bike trail from Orbital ATK’s campus.
At a previous meeting, some supervisors said they could not support the application unless the applicant offered more green screening from Rt. 28 and agreed to restrictions on future plans to build data centers on the property. Since then, the application has been to the board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee, where the property’s owner, Old Sterling LLC, agreed to design guidelines should the property be developed for data centers or self-storage, along with more green buffering along Rt. 28.
County planners and supervisors had also raised the idea of creating tree conservation areas on the property; the applicant rebuffed those and county staff members, after visiting the site, agreed that “the existing forest resources onsite are not suitable for preserving.”
A previous rezoning in 1985 changed the land from a residential to an industrial district, which resulted in an agreement to build the Rt. 28 interchange and Atlantic Boulevard, and not build some industrial uses like a dry cleaning plant or radio and TV broadcast stations. But the site has remained mostly undeveloped, and since then the county has adopted the Rt. 28 corridor policies, which call for higher design standards on development.
Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) said the application would support the “redevelopment and revitalization” of the area. Supervisors approved the revised application on a 7-1-1, with board Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) opposed and Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) absent for the vote.