Purcellville to Swap Land with County for Fields Farm Projects

Negotiations over a boundary line adjustment between the Town of Purcellville and the county government will begin soon, making room for $55 million in planned county construction projects.

The Town Council voted unanimously last week to authorize Town Manager David Mekarski to condense the town’s annexation process and move forward with a deal that could transfer 4.4 acres to the county in return for 4.9 acres. The boundary line adjustment would happen near the 24.24-acre Fields Farm property north of Rt. 7 and would bring a proposed, county-built 3,100-foot-long road connecting Mayfair Crown Drive with Rt. 690 into the town limits for the town to maintain with money allocated to it by the state.

Construction of the $7.8 million road would begin in spring 2020 and, when completed in fall 2021, would provide a second entry to Woodgrove High School and the 254-home Mayfair neighborhood.

According to the town’s annexation policy, the process can be condensed if the annexation “results in a minor adjustment to the municipal boundary” or if it’s “unrelated to a proposed development project.”

The Fields Farm Park Road would create a connection between main arteries—Hillsboro Road and Purcellville Road and would provide access to the county’s planned, $31 million, 50-acre Fields Farm Park sports complex, which include four baseball fields and five new rectangular athletic fields. That project is slated to begin construction in 2022 and wrap up by 2024.

The parking lot for that complex will double as the 330-space Western Loudoun Park and Ride Lot, which will cost the county $8.3 million and should begin construction in winter 2022 and be completed by spring 2023.

The county also plans to start construction on its Rt. 7/Rt. 690 interchange in 2022. That project should be completed by spring 2025 and is halfway through the $7.9 million design phase.

The town is planning a 10-foot-wide shared-use path along the Fields Farm Park Road connecting Woodgrove with the Rt. 7/Rt. 690 interchange as part of its goal to extend pedestrian connectivity northward from the center of town.

Town staff members will now compile an application for a boundary line adjustment to submit to the county before bringing it to the Town Council for a vote to proceed with the application process.

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The county government envisions the construction of five rectangular athletic fields, four baseball fields, a connector road and a commuter lot on about 50 acres of land within Purcellville’s town limits.
The Town of Purcellville could swap a few acres of land with the county in preparation of multiple county construction projects near Fields Farm.

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