Developer to Present Plans for 35-acre Lovettsville Project

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.

5 thoughts on “Developer to Present Plans for 35-acre Lovettsville Project

  • 2019-04-22 at 10:45 am
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    Ridiculous case of “bait and switch!” The developer knew what they were buying was not zoned for houses. Stop making Lovettsville the “Cheap Housing Center of Loudoun!” The Ryan econoboxes are enough! No other town in Loudoun looks as cheap as Lovettsville does with these houses crammed together. You have the zoning on your side, “commercial and limited industrial” should mean just that. 139 houses crammed into 35 acres is just helping the greedy developer maximize their investment. Where are these kids going to school? More commercial space when the other space is still not built out?
    Hang tough, Lovettsville should not be someone’s toy to make money and destroy what is left of the town. It is not wanted or needed!!!

  • 2019-04-23 at 8:37 am
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    For all who normally choose to not vote in local elections you have an important choice on November 5th. BOTh PARTY SPONSORED CANDIDATES for CHAIR of BOS (my opponents) have already gotten large donations from developers. If you believe the transition area is the last place that will see high density residential development or somehow developers don’t expect a return for their campaign donations then get ready for all of Loudoun to look like eastern Loudoun. I believe that when the BOS agenda is forced to define problems with a view of efficiency, fairness and community support there will be no more high density housing approvals that generate students. There will be no more vehicle personal property taxes, no more inspection sticker fees and no more license plate fees. The school system will be supported but be mandated to demonstrate financial and operating efficiency. The super large private entities like Howard Hughes Institute, Greenway and hospitals will pay their fair share of property taxes to help us bring down the rate closer to the 79 cent Virginia average. Don’t complain unless you are prepared to make sure everyone you know VOTES.

    • 2019-04-23 at 4:24 pm
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      Good luck…but I will never vote GOP…that party only supports Trump and that is the death knell for me. The GOP does not care and you and me..only big business and those who lie for a living!

  • 2019-04-25 at 6:53 pm
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    Sedone cat . Great news. You can vote for me as I am running as an independent.
    Thanks in advance

  • 2019-04-26 at 6:33 pm
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    For those in Western Loudoun who believe high density residential development won’t come to your doorstep keep this project in mind. A town authorizes a high density project not the County, however, it will affect Western Loudoun from a built out perspective (land use, traffic, urbanization or suburbanization) and to the extent students are generated by such a high density development YOU WILL PAY TO SUBSIDIZE THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS GENERATED BY SUCH A PROJECT IN YOUR PROPERTY TAXES. It is not good enough or smart to merely wait for the developer to calmly suggest your input on his/her proposed project would be appreciated next to your farm. I hope you realize when considering to vote or not on November 5th that the REAL plan of the planning commission AND the STATE and politicians like both my party sponsored opponents running for Chair of the BOS who take major campaign donations from developers is to continue developing the county all the way to the West Virginia border. The majority of Loudoun citizens need to vote this time to stop the high density residential student generating development wave. Try driving to Sterling on a Friday afternoon if you don’t know what can happen near your area of western or northern Loudoun.

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