Special to The Washington Post
As a baseball fan and a bit of a movie buff, one of my favorite films is “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner. My favorite line in that film is, “If you build it, he will come.” This is often misquoted as, “If you build it, they will come.” This misquote for the movie could apply to the developers for One Loudoun, which is currently Loudoun County’s field of dreams.
This new community, referred to by the developer as Loudoun County’s “new downtown”, will create a town center at the intersection of Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway that includes dining and shopping, parks, an amphitheater and an urban feel.
The development will also create the World Trade Center Dulles Airport, which aims to assist the local business community by connecting them with potential international markets for their products.
When I lived in this area and worked in real estate between 1985 and 1998, almost all of the addresses of choice in the outlying D.C. suburbs were in Fairfax County. After all, Fairfax County was closer to everything that mattered including: shopping, transportation, entertainment and restaurants. Places like Lansdowne were still mostly farmland and Ashburn Village and Lowes Island were just being developed and the infrastructure needed to attract residents was still in question.
Fast forward to 2008, when I moved back. Loudoun County had become an equally desirable place to live and the infrastructure items like shopping and entertainment were developing rapidly. One Loudoun is just one more effort to add even more of the infrastructure needed to attract more visitors, businesses and residents to the county.
(Neither I nor the real estate firm I work for have any financial interest in the project.)
Stalled for a time, with the economic issues of recent years, site preparation and construction is underway. One Loudoun is timed to coincide with the extension of the Metro system to the Dulles corridor. So when completed it will be accessible to visit for a night out or as a potential place to live.
Section 1, called South Village, is scheduled for completion in 2014. Developers plan 168 single family homes, 146 townhomes, 39,000 square feet of retail and 124,000 square feet of office space on the 60-acre site. Homebuilders include Camberley Homes and NV Homes.
Section 2, the 40 acre North Village section currently scheduled to be completed by 2016, is planned for 97 single family homes, 28 townhomes and 500,000 square feet of office space. Builders will be announced later this year according to the timeline on the One Loudoun web site.
Section 3, the downtown area, comprises 100 acres planned to include 446 multi-family homes, 155 townhomes, 663,000 square feet of retail, 3,000,000 square feet of office space and 750 hotel rooms. Home builders have not yet been announced. The first phase of this section will be completed in the spring of 2013. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a dining and cinema venue, with another venue in Winchester, Va., has contracted to open at One Loudoun in 2013.
Section 4, will include a community center, pool, tennis courts and amphitheater. This seven-acre parcel will hold the 10,000 square foot community center complex and is scheduled for 2013.
Karl J. Trommler is marketing director at Prudential PenFed Realty in Reston. The opinions and views expressed are those of the author and in no way reflect the opinions or views of Prudential PenFed Realty, LLC