The planning process has begun for development of Lovettsville’s last large chunk of undeveloped land.
The Metropolitan Development Group will hold a community meeting to solicit input on its proposed development of the 35-acre Engle Tract, located behind the 7-Eleven and Post Office off North Church Street, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association.
The Vienna, VA-based development group contracted to purchase the land from the trustees of Walter Engle’s estate in 2018 and is proposing to build a mixed-used neighborhood featuring 129 single family homes and 29,000-square-feet of commercial space. The proposal includes parks with houses fronting common green areas and narrow alleyways in the rear.
Because the property is planned and zoned for commercial and limited industrial uses, the developer will need to request the Town Council direct the Planning Commission to consider an amendment the town’s Comprehensive Plan to prepare for a potential rezoning of the property to allow for mixed use—a process that will require the town to host numerous public hearings meetings.
According to Town Planner Josh Bateman, the Metropolitan Development Group and the Lessard Design architecture and planning firm “wish to introduce their development concept in a more relaxed and informal setting where the developer can directly address resident concerns over traffic, density and capacity of public utilities.”
After unveiling the conceptual design, both companies will stick around to answer resident questions.
For more information on the meeting, call the town at 540-822-5788.