Two projects involving the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency will enhance Loudoun County’s already strong reputation in two areas.
- Loudoun County is a world leader as host for cutting-edge technology.
- Leesburg Executive Airport is already a valuable asset for the county and is poised to expand that role in the future.
The gears already are in motion for plans to convert part of the airport’s first-floor space into a CBP office by the end of 2018, and a lease agreement was announced last week for the agency to bring 3,700 jobs to Loudoun County by consolidating its Office of Information Technology headquarters in Ashburn’s Quantum Park.
That agreement between the county and American Real Estate Partners for 445,000 of Class-A office space in Quantum Park, near the Metro Silver Line station expected to be completed by 2020.
As part of the agreement, AREP will make $179 million in improvements to the facility, including building out the existing space and the addition of a new wing. The improvements are expected to be completed in time for the agency to move in 2020, when the Silver Line will go live in Loudoun. The site also provides easy access to the Dulles Greenway, Route 28 and Dulles International Airport.
More than 3,700 CBP positions will move to Loudoun, including engineers, technicians, scientists and support personnel.
“Loudoun is an ideal location for federal agencies and contractors because we’re only 25 miles from D.C., we’re the home of Dulles International Airport and have one of the best technical workforces in the country,” Board of Supervisors Chair At Large Phyllis Randall said.
Loudoun County was selected based on a number of criteria, including transit-accessible office space.
“This win confirms that Loudoun’s investments in transportation and infrastructure are paying off in a big way,” Broad Run District Supervisor Ron Meyer said. “Plus, this is a double-win in that increased job growth in Loudoun moves the employment center of gravity away from D.C. — which means less congestion from one-way commuting.”
Quantum Park, which is on the Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, will continue to house the operations of Verizon Business. The campus covers more than 125 acres and already contains 1.9 million square feet of office in 12 buildings.
“Bringing CBP into our community helps underscore that Loudoun is continuing to develop into one of the region’s major employment centers,” said Buddy Rizer, executive director of Loudoun County Economic Development.
The addition of the CBP office at Leesburg Executive Airport represents a smaller footprint, but it still is a significant step in the airport’s future.
“Still planning on opening this year,” said Dennis Boykin, chairman of the Leesburg Executive Airport Commission. “But construction has been delayed for minor reasons.
Boykin said the CBP office is part of the airport’s overall master plan, which includes proposals for extending the runway and construction of a jet park across the runway from the terminal building.
“Now we have international flights and once we put in an operating control tower on a permanent basis, this place is going to go through the roof,” Boykin said. “That is a lot more traffic and those are people coming to Loudoun County who are looking to do business.”