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Downtown Improvements project information from Fiscal Year 2014 Budget (Project No. 10304)
Construction Start Date: Spring 2012 Estimated Completion Date: Summer 2019
Project Manager: Scott Parker 703-771-2771 / Tom Brandon 703-737-6067
Project History: The Town of Leesburg is a community rich in history dating back to the 18th century. The Town was incorporated in 1758 and recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Leesburg has made a commitment to protect, preserve and promote its unique heritage, and has maintained much of its original architecture, brick sidewalks, and historic landmarks.
In recent years, several studies were commissioned to solidify the vision for Leesburg’s future and to jumpstart redevelopment, including:
2003 Business Development Strategy,
2006 Crescent District Master Plan, and
2007 Downtown Market Study
In 2008, a group of property owners, businesses, organizations, and other stakeholders who are interested in seeing the Leesburg Historic District regain vitality formed the Downtown Improvement Association (DIA). In partnership with the Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County, and the Loudoun County Convention and Visitors Association, the DIA commissioned the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to convene a Technical Assistance Panel to develop an implementation plan to begin the revitalization process.
The DIA utilized the ULI study to develop recommendations to improve downtown. The recommendations were presented to the Leesburg Town Council in May 2008.
Project Master Plan: The recommendations from the Downtown Improvment Association and the Urban Land Institute provided a general framework and vision for the downtown improvements. The first step in implementing the project was to develop a plan showing specific improvements that would be constructed, including reliable budgets and priorities.
As part of the master plan process, a series of public input sessions were held with business owners, property owners, residents, government entities and other interested groups. The initial meetings held in March 2010 focused on concerns and desires of the various stakeholder groups. Based on that initial input, a concept plan was presented at the second meeting, held in May 2010. In response to stakeholder reaction to these concepts, the plan was refined and presented at a third meeting, held in in June 2010.
Reports were made to Town Council in July 2010 and September 2010. On September 9, 2010, Council approved the specific elements of the Downtown Improvement project.
The improvements will be coordinated with the Downtown Street Lighting project (07309) and the Church Street Improvements project (07304).
The project will be constructed in phases, which include:
- Walkways between the Town parking garage and South King Street (completed in spring 2013)
- Improved crosswalks across the alley at both pedestrian entrances to the garage
- Improved drainage
- Replaced brick walkways in the two alleys
- Decorative lights
Rendering of Alley Improvements
Alley Improvements Completed in Spring 2013
- East End Triangle (intersection of East Market Street and Loudoun Street) - completed in spring 2013
- Removal of the existing utility pole
- New curb and gutter to define parking at the triangle
- Hardscape and landscape improvements at the triangle, with a retaining wall, decorative lights, and plantings
Rendering of East End Triangle Improvements
East End Triangle Improvements Completed in Spring 2013
Phase II - Loudoun Street, between South King Street and East Market Street
- Widened brick sidewalks east of Church Street
- Modification of the Loudoun Street/Harrison Street intersection
- Street trees
- Decorative street lights
- Replacement of the handrail at the crossing of the concrete-lined drainage ditch across from the County parking garage
- Street Furniture
Phase III - King Street between North Street and Royal Street
- Widened brick sidewalks
- Improved crosswalks at the intersections
- Raised, mid-block crosswalk between Loudoun and Market Streets
- Street trees
- Decorative street lights
- Street furniture
A wide variety of additional improvements to the downtown were evaluated during the Master Plan process. These include improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and other aesthetic improvements.
A public information campaign to keep businesses and the public informed of the progress of downtown construction is being developed by staff.
Alley Construction Completed in Spring 2013
- Designer - AECOM
- Phase I Construction Contractor - Madigan Construction Inc.
- Loudoun Street Improvements (King St to Church St) Construction Contractor - Arthur Construction Company, Inc.
As of February 24, 2014 - Loudoun Street work between King Street and Church Street is substantially complete. Phase I construction is complete for both the alley and the East End Triangle.