Loudoun Supervisors Approve Car Storage Lot along Rt. 28

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.


2 thoughts on “Loudoun Supervisors Approve Car Storage Lot along Rt. 28

  • 2018-05-21 at 11:16 pm

    In a matter of weeks, we will know if a worldwide mega-corporation builds on the Route 28 corridor. Yet here they go letting a valued parcel be put to such a low-value use. What a waste.

  • 2018-05-22 at 11:02 am

    The Loudoun Design Cabinet formulated three alternative plans described in its report published in November 2017. See Old Sterling/Guilford Planning & Design Charrette Summary, Charrette Dates: February 17, 2017 and March 17, 2017, REVISED Summary Published: November 2017.

    The Planning and Design Charrette Summary that follows describes the history of a good part of Sterling and how it has changed since the years following the Civil War. It documents ideas for invigorating and redeveloping a part of Old Sterling north of West Church Road, ideas that have been hanging around for a long time, along with many fresh, new ones.

    In September 2008, the Loudoun Design Cabinet published its summary report related to the Belfort Park Task Force which is located south of West Church Road. We hope that the work of the Old Sterling/Guilford group will complement the vision of the Belfort Park Task Force and bring both initiatives closer to fruition thereby spurring a social and economic renaissance for the area.

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