Leesburg officials say they will spend $18,000 in the next year to help record and preserve information about buildings in the town's historic district, which runs from Union Street on the north end and Dodona Manor on the east to Wilson Avenue on the western end and a part of South King Street to the south.

With a $14,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Certified Local Government fund and $4,000 from the town, data on about 190 structures in the western and northern sections of the historic district will be updated and computerized. Details of each building's materials, condition and surrounding landscape will be recorded, said the town's preservation planner, Kristie Lalire, who is organizing the project.

Two years ago, the town started updating its 1975 written records on the district's buildings with a $13,000 grant from the same program.

Lalire said the records would help the town's Board of Architectural Review, which oversees construction and renovations in the historic district, to determine whether proposals are compatible with the area.

Rte. 50 Panel Moves Ahead

The Route 50 Traffic Calming Task Force met Monday in Middleburg, electing Kevin Sabo and Jim Rich as chairmen. Sabo is a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board; Rich, who lives in The Plains, is a former member.

Assistant Secretary of Transportation Chip Nottingham, who attended the meeting, pledged state money to meet the federal matching requirement for the project, which is aimed at making Route 50 traffic slower and safer between Lenah and Paris.

Nottingham said the state is prepared to provide 20 percent of the $13 million Congress authorized a year ago for the project. According to Susan Van Wagoner, chairman of the Route 50 Corridor Coalition, which devised the traffic calming plan, the total cost will exceed $15 million; the balance will have to be raised from private sources.

Task force meetings, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Middleburg town offices. Van Wagoner said workshops and information sessions about the project will be held in communities along Route 50.