With the multi-year construction of Loudoun County’s new courthouse project in Leesburg about to begin, staff members are reassuring residents that they are taking every precaution against excessive disturbances.
At a public information meeting Feb. 16, staff reviewed the planning behind the project. It will begin with a new parking garage, and efforts will be made to minimize interference with the day-to-day interactions of Leesburg’s historic downtown. Also, construction will stop during all public festivals.
In the first phase, which includes the parking garage, workers will work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, with most work completed by the early evening. Construction vehicles will only be allowed to access Leesburg’s downtown through Harrison St. by way of Edwards Ferry Rd. The garage will begin construction later this month with expected completion by spring 2018.
Members of the public expressed worries about blasting during construction, but project staff said it would be unlikely. If blasting becomes necessary, property owners will be notified in advance.
The parking garage at the Pennington lot — located near the current and future courthouse in Leesburg — will provide much-needed relief for government employees and downtown visitors. Officials estimate that the current garage at the county’s government center is undersized by more than 100 spots. The new four-story garage will provide more than 700 additional spots, and the fourth story will be specifically used for county vehicles. The other three stories will be open to the public free of charge during non-business hours.
There had been outspoken opposition to the fourth story from dozens in the Town, as well as members of the Leesburg Council, in large part over fears that it would increase congestion and interfere with property owners’ views. To mitigate the impact of the garage, the top floor’s lights will be motion activated, not on all night.