Ground may be broken as early as next week to begin construction on the first phase of a 156-unit luxury condominium, the first within Leesburg's designated historic district. To be called Olde Towne Condominiums, the units will sport gables, a varied roof line and a neo-Victorian design. The first phase will be built across the street from the firehouse on Loudoun Street West at Exeter Square, according to project manager Joe Trocino.

The luxury condos, the least expensive of which will sell for $65,000, will have a "very urban look," Trocino said. Amenities in the 1,700-square-foot units will include sun rooms and lofts in every unit, covered decks on the second story units and patios on the other two floors. Sunburst windows will highlight the gabled units. The most expensive of the one- and two-bedroom units will sell for $105,000.

The first of 13 buildings, each with 12 units, will be ready for buyers by March. Of modular construction, the units are being built in Roanoke and will be put together on the site. The first two units will be linked to a courtyard, said Trocino.

The new buildings on 10 acres of land already zoned for residential use were unanimously approved by the county planning commission. Because part of the land around the buildings is in the county's flood plain, the developer will build an arched bridge to a bike trail already in existence near the site.