Letter: Ninon Estinto, Leesburg

Editor: It is so sad to see the development plans for the Roger’s farm in Leesburg.

You would think that once in a while money wouldn’t be the guiding factor. Both the developer and the architects have a chance to put their name for posterity on something really beautiful, an ecologically and aesthetically pleasing jewel in the heart of Leesburg.

Instead, it looks like just another brick-faced jail yard or homogeneous ant farm.

Ninon Estinto, Leesburg

2 thoughts on “Letter: Ninon Estinto, Leesburg

  • 2018-10-26 at 12:43 pm

    While I doubt I would find many who would disagree with the settiment above, it’s difficult to imagine what the writer has in mind. It’s zoned residential, any other type of plan would need approval, not to mention that there is a housing shortage, or so I’m made to believe by local officials. Developers are in the business in developing property, why else would they spend money on purchasing such a large property? I get it would be nice to see them do something not selfish, but don’t fault them, it’s a business and it would be a poor business model to take a loss on such a large plot of land in a highly sought out area.

    Even if a developer would be willing to do such a thing, it would be difficult without knowing what the writer or members of the community envision being put in its place. And what happens after that envision is created? Who takes care of it? The developers certainly don’t have much experience doing much more than developing and building neighborhoods.

    I could think of several things I’d rather see instead of houses, community farm or ranch, heck, I’d even rather see an empty mature lot over houses, but I’m sure plenty of people have plenty of other ideas.

  • 2018-10-29 at 10:21 am

    Let’s see, I own prime real estate in downtown Leesburg that is perfect for development and people want me to put it in Conservation Easement. What will a conservation easement do for you & for Leesburg? Certainly, it won’t bring revenue to Leesburg, it won’t provide needed housing in Leesburg and it certainly won’t pay me its maximum value.

    However, I do love people telling me what is best for me & my family. If you want to place it in an easement, you may buy it at its maximum value & do with it as you please.

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