The 50-acre parcel near the Leesburg airport recently designated by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors as the future site of the county's fire and rescue training center may also hold a National Guard armory, according to Leesburg Planning Director Martha Semmes. Col. William Timberlake, an official with the National Guard, wrote to Leesburg Mayor Robert Sevila in January requesting that the town donate 2.5 acres for the project, Semmes said. Town Manager Jeff Minor told Timberlake last month that the town is not "in a financial position" to donate land and referred him to the Board of Supervisors. County Administrator Philip Bolen said that no final decision will be made regarding the armory site until the county determines its own needs. The land may hold other county facilities, he said.
A planned neighborhood for people without children is on the drawing board in Leesburg south of the Country Club subdivision at Linden Hill. According to Semmes, 70 clustered single-family units will be built on 10 acres recently rezoned from agricultural. A 75-year-old home on the property will be turned into a clubhouse with a swimming pool and tennis courts, she said. Rents will start at $500.
The first phase of construction for Leesburg's first rental property in 10 years may be ready for occupancy by Labor Day, Semmes said. Ground will be broken for the 312-unit apartment building on Fort Evans Road in the spring. Final plan development approval by the Town Council is expected March 20. Because some federal funds will be used to build the complex, 20 percent of the units must be rented to persons who earn 80 percent of metropolitan Washington's $27,000 median income.