Loudoun supervisors have put a focus on becoming more competitive in the region’s extremely tight labor market by revamping pay scales and stepping up recruitment. As those efforts bear fruit, there is another challenge ahead.
Where will these new employees fit?
The county government is wrestling office space shortage and is working on a long-range space strategy. Last week, the Board of Supervisors pulled the trigger on one relief valve.
Following an Oct. 17 closed session to discuss the acquisition of property in Leesburg, the board voted to authorize a five-year, five-month lease for the former Middleburg Bank operations center at 106 Catoctin Circle, SE. The lease would start at a rate of $487,836 annually, with a 3 percent escalator, and could be renewed for up to five years. The 18,588-square-foot building was constructed in 2001. Banking operations in the building ceased following mergers that saw Middleburg Bank being acquired by Access National Bank and then Access being acquired by Atlantic Union Bank.
According to administrators, it has not yet been determined which departments will use the space.