County supervisors have approved a proposal that includes finally doing away with zoning for a stadium at One Loudoun and opening the door to a brewery on land near Rt. 7.
The rezoning also allows construction of 27 townhomes on 2.8 acres previously designated for commercial development.
Board of Supervisors in 2013 approved a rezoning of 10.1 acres the for a 109,464-square-foot stadium. At the time, there were plans for a minor league baseball team called the Loudoun Hounds to play there. Zoning rules would have allowed up to 5,500 general admission seats, excluding luxury boxes and suites. Team and county leaders even celebrated a groundbreaking at the site in 2013, but those plans never materialized. Even after the Hounds group formally abandoned those plans, Miller and Smith Vice President Bill May, who leads the One Loudoun development, said the planned community would pursue a stadium or sports venue.
Since then, Loudoun County has attracted both men’s and women’s professional sports teams to Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park and a summer collegiate baseball team, the Purcellville Cannons. But no stadium has appeared in Ashburn. That land instead has been rezoned to a commercial area of One Loudoun’s town center-style development.
The package of zoning changes also includes a special exception that would allow a 25,000-square-foot craft beverage facility along Rt 7 on Atwater Drive. 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. One Loudoun has already prepared—and committed to—a general design for the brewery’s appearance.
Supervisors and residents were at first wary of the application because of the number of townhouses being requested.
“I live right around the corner from the new townhouses being proposed, and to be honest I think our neighbors were very skeptical of the application coming out of the gate,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run). “There were 44 townhomes that were being proposed, which is well double the density of the surrounding homes in that area, and I think there was some concern about that.”
Since then, the application has come down to roughly 10 units per acre with 27 townhouses. The developer will also contribute money to the local homeowners association. That, supervisors said, allayed their own concerns and those of residents.
Meyer held the development up as an example for other planned developments.
“If you think of where people congregate in Loudoun County, especially in eastern Loudoun, what place do you envision?” Meyer said. “If One Loudoun doesn’t come to the top of your mind, I’m not sure where else would.”
Supervisors approved the application 7-1-1, with Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg) opposed and Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) absent for the vote.