A portion of the One Loudoun development will soon be home to the county’s next sheriff’s substation, following the approval of a land purchase by the Board of Supervisors this week. The board authorized a real estate contract for 13.33 acres off Russell Branch Parkway near Loudoun County Parkway for $8.787 million.
There will be a $250,000 refundable earnest money deposit due five days after the contract is executed. The contract is contingent on a 90-day due diligence period and a real estate appraisal of the property during that time. The contract will be settled 30 days after the contingencies have been fulfilled.
The Ashburn substation for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was originally planned to be part of the Brambleton Public Safety Center, located off Belmont Ridge Road just north of Evergreen Mills Road. However, in 2009, former Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson raised concerns that location was too close to the Dulles South Public Safety Center, which serves as the Dulles South substation and was not in the heart of the Ashburn service area. Currently, the sheriff’s office works out of space in University Center for its Ashburn patrols.
At that time, sheriff’s office leaders said they wanted the substation located closer to the population in Ashburn on a site that would allow for expansion as the needs of the community grow and change. According to the agency, the Brambleton site would not allow for a Sally Port, a secure holding area or a link to the county magistrate. The sheriff’s office had previously signed off on the Brambleton plan, however.
Now that space in the Brambleton center is being built for the fire marshal’s office.
In FY11, funding was allocated for the Ashburn substation, and the previous Board of Supervisors and Loudoun County Public Schools planned for the station to be co-located on the Newton-Lee Elementary School site in Ashburn. However, during the FY12 budget process, that site was instead set aside for development of the next Ashburn middle school and another site selection process began for the sheriff’s substation.
While the One Loudoun property is more than 13 acres, only five acres are needed for the substation. The remaining property will be designated for a future public use that is appropriate for collocation with the station.
The land purchase will be paid for through funds available in the County Land Acquisition capital project account.