Planning Commission Begins Review of New School

The land that formerly housed the C.S. Monroe Technology Center begins its path to its new identity this week. 

A special exception to convert the now vacant building into The North Star School will be before Leesburg’s Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The 10-acre site at the intersection of Catoctin Circle and Childrens Center Road was the home of Monroe Tech for 40 years before it moved to the Academies of Loudoun facility last fall. The proposed North Star School will be the home of Loudoun County Public Schools’ Alternative Education Program, currently housed at the Douglass School. North Star will also provide daytime and evening adult education programming.

According to a staff report, school district administrators are proposing to demolish the 1977 Monroe Tech building and construct a two-story, almost 95,000-square-foot building that could accommodate 570 students.

Special exception approval is needed for the project because of a 2003 Zoning Ordinance change that required special review for schools in a residential zoning district. The property’s prior use as a school does not supersede that requirement.

The Aug. 1 Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. Following a recommendation from the Planning Commission, the application will move on to the Town Council, which has final approval authority.

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