Greenway Alternative Moves Ahead with $17.7M Land Buy

The project to extend Shellhorn Road as an alternative for commuters on Rt. 7 or the Dulles Greenway moved ahead Sept. 3 with a unanimous county Board of Supervisors vote to buy 25 acres in data center alley for $17.7


The county will buy the land from Sentinel Data Centers, just north of Dulles Airport. It is also land where the zoning would allow data centers—land that can fetch upwards of a million dollars an acre.

That land, north of the Greenway between Loudoun County Parkway and Lockridge Road, will be used to construct parts of Shellhorn Road, Barrister Street, Prentice Drive, and Lockridge Road. The agreed-upon purchase price is below budget for Shellhorn and Prentice Drive.

 “In 2015, when I was running for the board, there was a blog post by a former member of the Board of Supervisors who said the Shellhorn Road project could never get done because of the land acquisitions,” Meyer said.

The land will move the county closer to connecting Shellhorn Road from Loudoun County Parkway to the Loudoun Gateway Metro stop, however more land will still be needed.

Much of that, in fact, will be built by the developer of Silver District West, Detroit-based Soave Enterprises, the developer of Brambleton. Supervisors approved the 158-acre Silver District West proposal in March, including up to 381 townhouses and 3,325 apartments and more than a million square feet of commercial development. Through a proffer agreement in that project, Soave will take on building most of Shellhorn Road, Barrister Street, and a portion of Lockridge Road planned across the Sentinel Data Centers property.

“It’s a major, major step forward,” Meyer said.

One thought on “Greenway Alternative Moves Ahead with $17.7M Land Buy

  • 2019-09-11 at 6:01 am

    I would be more impressed with this initiative if the disclosure included that the 381 townhouses and 3325 apartments were studios or one bedrooms which are less likely to generate students and would be less expensive for new professionals to own or rent. If just 1 student is generated by every other housing unit this type of high density residential give away could cost Loudoun taxpayers over $20 Million per year (forever) not counting the schools that currently don’t exist to house the educational needs of those students. Was any effort made to negotiate with the Greenway to permanently discount Loudoun resident use of the Greenway should this road not be built? Since this was a unanimous vote I assume none of the BOS had any cause to recuse themselves such as campaign donations past or current.

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