An application before the Board of Supervisors would close the final chapter in the long and unsuccessful effort to bring a sports stadium to One Loudoun—but make room for more craft beverages in the mixed-use
Loudoun County’s efforts to bring sports teams to the county have resulted in the Purcellville Cannons and Loudoun United setting up shop in Purcellville and Leesburg. But although the Board of Supervisors approved zoning for a 109,464-square-foot stadium at One Loudoun in 2013—at one point, for a baseball team called the Loudoun Hounds—those plans never materialized. The developer now wants to rezone that land to allow other commercial and residential uses.
Among the rezoning requests in One Loudoun’s application to the county is a special exception that would allow a 25,000-square-foot craft beverage facility along Rt 7. Although no license has been filed yet with the state Alcoholic Beverages Commission, the county defines the use as “a small-scale brewery manufacturing no more than 15,000 barrels of beer per calendar year … or a small-scale distillery manufacturing no more than 36,000 gallons of distilled spirts.” It also permits a tasting room.
The application generally faced opposition from One Loudoun residents when it was first filed with 44 additional two-over-two units. Since then, that has been reduced to 27 townhouses, and according to some supervisors, the developer seems to have ameliorated that opposition.
“This is literally, like, my block, and to be honest with you, I personally thought 44 was a little much and was a little bit skeptical of this application,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), a One Loudoun resident.
David Fisher and Steve Hartley, the two resident members of the One Loudoun Neighborhood Association, spoke in favor of the application during an Oct. 10 public hearing.
Supervisors will vote on the application Nov. 21.