After much push back from representatives of the Town of Leesburg, and questions from some about whether the floodgates would be open to other developers interested in becoming the next home of the county's court complex, the issue of whether the complex could move to the Crosstrail development site just outside of Leesburg has come to a close.
Peterson Companies, developer of the Crosstrail property, has withdrawn its proposal to gift the county land for the new courts complex.
Jon Peterson, senior vice president, sent a letter today to the board's finance committee chairman Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) formally withdrawing the offer.
Last month, the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee voted to recommend the full Board of Supervisors hold off on a final decision on using the current downtown Leesburg location until county and town staff members have had an opportunity to meet and discuss some of the outstanding issues. The direction would have the staffs reporting back in January.
With that delay, the committee also decided to have county staff review the proposal from the Peterson Companies that offered free land to the county for the courts expansion. The decision came despite potential problems raised by county staff members; the land would require rezonings and the offer did not allow for large enough development to accommodate the existing facilities and the needed expansion.
Town of Leesburg representatives, particularly Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd, were not pleased with the idea that a developer was being considered alongside the town as the potential home of the courts complex.
But those concerns are now moot. In his letter, Peterson said since his originally letter he has had the opportunity to speak with "stakeholders" in the process.
"They have brought to bear arguments in favor and in opposition to our proposal, and I have appreciated hearing these points," he wrote. "Their comments further illuminated our understanding of the County’s and Town’s respective needs."
Peterson continued that "it has become obvious that capable representatives from both The Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County have extensively evaluated the circumstances surrounding this matter. In doing so, it appears that the two parties have mutually agreed upon a long term solution that will keep the location of The Loudoun County Courts Complex in its existing location in downtown Leesburg."
While supervisors have expressed support for the downtown location, no formal action on the location of expansion has been taken.
In his withdrawal letter, Peterson also makes note of his company's "desire to work with both The Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County to promote both the future economic development potential of Crosstrail and its premier employment opportunities."
The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the finance committee's recommendation at its meeting tomorrow morning.