Developer Backs Off Loudoun Superfund Site Residential Plans

The developers looking into building homes around a former dump site between Broad Run Farms and CountrySide have decided not to move ahead, according to Loudoun Supervisor Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian).

Originally including 124 homes in meetings with county staff members, the proposal grew to 152 units including 50 detached units and 102 townhouses along with trails and a solar panel field. Briskman announced Wednesday that the developers, Christopher Companies, had notified her office on Monday that they would not file a formal application with the county.

She said she was glad the developer decided not to move ahead with residential plans on the property, and said the developers have indicated to her that selling the land for by-right development would not be profitable. That may mean the developer will pursue other, non-residential uses for the property.

“I strongly believe the county must increase the supply of attainable housing and I will support some additional in-fill development and revitalization in Algonkian District,” Briskman said. “However, I do not envision intense residential development between Algonkian Parkway and the Potomac River. Nor do I believe the community would support it. I appreciate the developers engaging in candid conversations about the project.”

The property is currently zoned to allow one home per three acres. However, much of the 235-acre property is not feasible for homes, either due to flood plains—or to the toxic waste dump.

In 2008, 150 acres around the former Hidden Lane landfill at the center of the property was added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list of the nation’s most contaminated sites.

The landfill at that site was a 25-acre privately owned and operated dump that operated from 1971 until 1984, when county regulators and courts shut it down because of groundwater contamination, and because the county had never approved the landfill. In 1989, the Loudoun County Health Department found evidence of a common degreaser in the groundwater and well water of homes around the property. In total, 36 homes were found to have contaminated well water.

In 2017, a company called Persimmon Lane, set up by the estate of the former property owner, reached a settlement to reimburse the federal and state governments for cleanup costs with proceeds from selling the property.

4 thoughts on “Developer Backs Off Loudoun Superfund Site Residential Plans

  • 2022-03-30 at 3:55 pm
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    I’m so glad sanity has prevailed. It would be tragic to build 152 residential units on or near a Superfund site. Let’s not forget about Love Canal. (That’s not the kind of Love we need in Loudoun.) Happy Leslee King Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-03-30 at 7:00 pm
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    This is good news and finally a developer that cares about the land, people who live near their housing plans. But, sadly other developers just don’t care about the destruction their projects thrust onto a neighborhood. Just today I was on Route 672 aka Lovettsville Road. I was cutting through from US Route 15 to Berlin Tpk and was amazed at how bad the traffic was on Route 672, farm implements mixing with two tractor trailers and a big FedEx truck. I rounded a bend and saw a sign from Carrington Homes in front of what looked like an old run down farm house. Looks like they are planning yet another “cartoon like” subdivision that will change the lives of people nearby. I have seen other Carrington Homes, shameful display of greed. From the location of the water wells, it looks like a bunch a new “megamonsters” will go in there. I don’t know what sort of moral character Carrington Homes has, but to dump their ghoulish houses on a road already heavy with traffic, is inexcusable and unsafe. I am sure they don’t care about the traffic their embarrassing houses will dump on Lovettsville Road, or the water they will pump from the ground that could affect the other others scattered around. Shame on Carrington Homes, they don’t have a true sense of community, just another project to make them richer.

  • 2022-04-01 at 2:00 pm
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    The developer has determined one of the following
    A) there will be too much liability and/or red tape with residential construction on the site
    or
    B) there is a MORE profitable alternative.

    It’s humorous to read the suggestions that there is altruism in the current project being scrapped (or delayed).

  • 2022-04-06 at 6:35 am
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    Just like a cat’s litter box the dump is a covered-up dump. The on-going efforts by those opposed rendered this project more trouble than it was worth. The Planning Commision is completely against the build out of up to 180 homes. Why? First it has toxic water so you cannot drill wells and use the water, it is polluted and a hazard to health, the ecosystem of this property includes wetlands and flood plains not to be disturbed. Our supervisor says by-right prospective buyers could put in 62 homes for tax collection that is $372,000.00 a year, what the BoS calls revenue. Remember Juli threatened us with putting homes in at Bles Park unless her lunatic proposal was approved. Never mind people have bought homes on cul-de-sacs because of the low volume of traffic. When your supervisor says low-cost housing, she means subsidized housing at the taxpayers’ expense. This is perfect property to be designated a wilderness sanctuary but the BoS being the most harmful to the environment in the history of Loudoun would rather pave it over and tax it for money to fund “affordable housing”.

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