- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 2, 2004

A partnership made up of three major development companies has asked Loudoun County, Va., to change its comprehensive plan to allow for a new main street-style community near Leesburg.

Creekside LLC said it wants to re-plan 1,550 acres of the county to build a 200-acre park, 60-acre town center and new homes, and has proposed making at least six transportation improvements including changes to Belmont Ridge Road, Battlefield Parkway, Crosstrail Boulevard and Sycolin Road. The new development would be called Creekside by Lansdowne, and would be bordered by the Dulles Greenway and Goose Creek.

Creekside LLC is a partnership of Beazer Homes of Atlanta, Centex Corporation of Dallas and the Burke-based Van Metre companies. The group is already the owner of the proposed Lansdowne Town Center development.

As part of the Creekside by Lansdowne development, Creekside LLC has proposed setting aside space for the Philip A. Bolden Regional Park, which has been a hot topic of discussion among county officials in recent months.

Some officials have called for a larger park along Sycolin Road near Leesburg, but others have said they prefer a smaller park. Officials have also debated the number of baseball fields to be placed in the park.

Creekside is proposing 18 ball fields, and said it will construct a recreation center in the park.

As for the transportation improvements, Creekside said it will be saving the county money because many of the changes have already been outlined in the county’s six-year transportation plan.

“We will be constructing a high-quality community that will provide a world-class regional park and we will construct significant regional transportation improvements with private money,” said Creekside President Hobie Mitchel.

The proposed development should face major hurdles. Much of the re-planning would also require a rezoning to allow for denser residential development — something that the county opposed until recently.

Also, Creekside’s development could lose out to a similar proposal by the Peterson Cos. to build on 500 acres west of Leesburg Executive Airport and east of the Greenway.

Metro Park V gets OK

Springfield real estate developer the Fried Companies said it is scheduled to begin construction this month on the fifth building in its Metro Park office complex in McLean.

Metro Park V is expected to arrive on the market next spring, and three more buildings could follow. The first four buildings of the Metro Park complex are 100 percent leased, and the developer said it is hoping to attract tenants from the Department of Defense and government contractors.

Cushman and Wakefield is handling the leasing for Metro Park.

In other news

• Preferred Office Club, a company that offers meeting rooms and temporary office space, leased 25,591 square feet at 888 16th St. NW, a building owned by the Motion Picture Association of America. Terms were not disclosed. Grubb and Ellis represented Preferred Office Club. Carr Real Estate Service represented the landlord.

Property Lines runs Fridays. Tim Lemke can be reached at 202/636-4836 or [email protected]

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