Back in the olden days of 2003, Loudoun County foresaw that Metro might actually expand beyond Vienna, and approved a large town center-like development along the Dulles Greenway called Loudoun Station. Talk about faith!
And now, it’s slowly happening. Metro is creeping toward Loudoun County. On Wednesday, with federal Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and Loudoun Board Chairman Scott York looking on, developer Comstock Partners broke ground on a giant mass of retail, residential and hotel space that Comstock is modestly calling “the essential downtown” of Loudoun County.
The Loudoun Station project is scheduled to have 1,500 “luxury residences,” 300,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, one million square feet of Class A office space and a 200-room hotel. It will be located between the Greenway and Shellhorn Road in the Ryan neighborhood, and between the Ryan Road and Loudoun County Parkway exits on the Greenway. The planned Silver Line station is not scheduled to open until 2016 (it’ll be the last stop on the line), but Comstock hopes to have some residences and retail open next year.