The issue of whether to accept development money continues to bedevil Loudoun County's GOP.
Now the Republican Party is promising to set up separate accounts for its gala Sept. 15 fund-raiser--one for money collected from developers and related interests, and one for the rest of the cash raised by the event.
Party leaders expect Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) and former Virginia governor George Allen to attend the event, which is intended to provide money for local candidates. But several Republican nominees for county supervisor have said they won't show up because they have pledged not to accept developer money and don't want to be tainted by any such contributions brought in at the fund-raiser.
Party officials hope their plans for different accounts persuade those candidates to attend.
"We're just keeping our accountings of developers if they happen to come," said Tom Berezoski, chairman of the Loudoun GOP.
"We keep them in one line and the folks from the other businesses in another column, because some people have made pledges that they don't want to break."
But the GOP has yet to figure out just who will be classified as a "developer," something Berezoski said will be done soon.
Even separate accounts won't be enough to lure Scott K. York, the GOP nominee for chairman of the Board of Supervisors, who is running on a slow-growth platform and has refused to take development donations.
"We will not attend the fund-raiser, and that's it," York said. "The campaign will not take money from the Republican Party since they're doing what they're doing."
'Old-Fashioned' Meeting for Modern Concern
Purcellville may be small, but its problems are big.
So goes the battle cry sounded by dozens of residents of this town of 2,800 who are "steamed up" about the direction they say the town is heading, according to Mary Moorcones, a spokeswoman for an ad-hoc group called Concerned Citizens of Purcellville.
To put those concerns on the table, the group has scheduled what Moorcones describes as "a good old-fashioned town meeting" at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Blue Ridge Middle School. Group members said they wanted to stage a meeting in which the people could feel free to question recent decisions made by the Town Council.
The main concerns to be addressed, Moorcones said, are "annexations for development, urban sprawl, dwindling water supply" and the lack of roads and other facilities to support growth.
Concerned Citizens members say they fear that development planned for Purcellville will aggravate shortages of water, roads, police and schools--and that funding sources aren't readily available to increase them.
The pending annexations of the 92-acre Case and the 120-acre Hirst farms, upon which the Town Council is scheduled to decide in the fall, will bring as many as 450 houses and 1,000 new residents to the town, Moorcones said. As many as 800 additional houses could be built on land within the town limits that is already zoned for multifamily use.
"We feel the Town Council has ignored citizen petitions and protestations about the growth and the ramifications of the growth," Moorcones said.
Offices Going Up in Leesburg
Construction of an 18,000-square-foot office building along Route 15 north near Davis Street and the Food Lion grocery store will begin in the fall. The building will be the first constructed within the Town of Leesburg's limits in the past 10 years, real estate sales representatives said.
Loudoun Properties LLC, part of a partnership that bought the land next to the Waverly Park office complex, will use 6,000 square feet of the space, and the remainder will be leased, said Rich Vaaler, who runs a real estate company in Leesburg and helped broker the deal.
Another building will be put in front of the main center and will house a bank on the first floor and other offices upstairs.
"There's a huge office space shortage in Leesburg," said Vaaler, who has worked in real estate in the area for more than a decade.
"We've had companies call us and want space and they can't find it, so they turn around and go back to Reston."