The Leesburg Town Council is considering what to do with the grassy area--about 5,000 square feet of open space--on West Loudoun Street next to shops and the town's parking garage in the historic district.

Some town residents asked the council Tuesday night to leave it alone.

But Chuck Thornton, a member of the town's Economic Development Commission, proposed building a three-story brick facility with retail shops on the first floor, a storage area for the Loudoun Museum on the second floor, office space on the third floor for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and meeting rooms in the basement for outside groups.

The Town Council's Finance Committee will review the suggestions at its July 6 meeting.

Court Construction Detour

Traffic will have to detour around construction next week on North King Street at the Loudoun County courts complex in downtown Leesburg.

Crews will be re-securing the foundation of the courts administration building in preparation for adding another story and a new facade, part of the $30 million expansion and renovation of the complex.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, the road will be one-lane northbound from Market to Cornwall streets.

Southbound traffic will be detoured two blocks west to Liberty Street. There will be no metered parking on the southbound lane of North King.

Uran Gives $100,000 More

Irwin W. Uran has struck again. The billionaire benefactor who has given millions to the Town of Leesburg in the last several years kicked in an additional $100,000 last month.

On the May 4 check, Uran wrote that the money was to be used for "the needy and the sick."

Council members decided to distribute $23,750 to each of several groups--Daily Bread and Interfaith Relief, the Salvation Army, the Transitional Housing Facility and Center and the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter--and $5,000 to Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing.