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Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part II

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News 2 comments

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Last month, the Blue Ridge Leader examined of the use of tax credits and other public funds to meet the affordable housing requirements proffered by private developers to offset the costs of residential development to taxpayers. We began this series with an overview of the county’s use of proffers as they relate to affordable housing; we continue with a closer examination of one example involving the non-profit Windy Hill Foundation, its for-profit subsidiary, the Windy Hill Development Company, and the developers of the Brambleton community.

Since its inception in 1983, the Windy Hill Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been a key actor in the effort to provide an adequate supply of affordable housing in Loudoun County. Its five projects on the western edge of Middleburg provide a variety of housing types with monthly rents ranging from $400 for a one-bedroom cottage to $775 for a three-bedroom apartment. Median family income of tenants ranges from $11,300 for seniors living in Levis Hill House to $33,000 for the residents of Virginia Lane. In total, Windy Hill Foundation provides 67 units of rental housing, much of it subsidized, to individuals and families who might not otherwise be able to continue living in Loudoun County, where, according to the foundation’s website, in 2011 market-priced units ranged from $1,289 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,885 for a three-bedroom apartment. … Continue Reading

Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part 1

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On June 6 the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) released its final rankings for the 2012 submissions to the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits program (LIHTC). Shreveport Ridge, a submission by Middleburg-based Windy Hill Development Company (WHDC) to construct and manage 98 affordable dwelling units (ADUs) proffered by the developer of Brambleton, received the highest ranking with a score of 750, providing the project with access to more than $1.4 million in federal income tax credits to underwrite construction.

So the question is … … Continue Reading

Town Announces Groundbreaking for Downtown Improvement Project

June 22, 2012 by Contributor Development, News Be the first to comment
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The Town of Leesburg’s Downtown Improvement Project gets its official start on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phases 1A and 1B of the project. The ceremony will take place at the northern walkway behind Caulkins Jewelers (11 South King Street). This spot marks the symbolic center of the Downtown Improve-ment Project, as the alley has been the longest discussed aspect of improvements to the downtown, dating back approximately 20 years. … Continue Reading

Asbestos Delays SCR Construction

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 14 comments
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Town Of Purcellville Failed To Secure Proper Safety Permit

Clearing and construction for the southern part of the Southern Collector Road (SCR) came to a quick halt recently when it was determined that the Town of Purcellville had failed to inspect and secure a safety-related permit for a barn that was to be demolished.

The study and permit are designed to ensure that dangerous asbestos is not released into the atmosphere during the demolition process.

The lack of proper study and permit was discovered by Purcellville resident Kelli Grim, a friend of Sam and Uta Brown whose condemed property includes the barn in question. … Continue Reading

21st Street Update

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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Discussions Continue as To What Is Proper (or Not) for Purcellville’s Historic Downtown

Town deliberations on the direction that would or would not be taken in Purcellville’s historic downtown district resumed in late April as the Purcellville Town Council Infrastructure Committee received input from prospective developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis on the four-story hotel project they seek to build. The Committee’s discussion revolved around road and sidewalk “improvements” the developers want the town to complete before the two partners will present formal development proposals. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife: The Evolution of Green

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Your Money Be the first to comment
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By Cathy Little

There’s a lot of talk these days about Going Green. But, how much of it is reasonable and useful to do?  Can we be kinder to the environment and reduce our utility bills without spending too much green to go green?!

Due to industry innovation many green technologies have improved in efficiency and come down in price in the last few years.

Others are not yet practical options for Northern Virginia. … Continue Reading

Planned Destruction of Historic Purcellville Causes Alarm

April 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 8 comments
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Kenneth and Donald Nichols, owners of Purcellville’s Nichols Hardware Store have expressed deep concern about proposed renovations of 21st Street, the center of the Town’s downtown historic area.

The “21st Street Project” as it is known, includes plans for a four-story hotel and will likely result in the destruction of a large swath of Purcellville’s Historic Downtown, with construction and that will impact existing businesses well into 2014. … Continue Reading

Did You Know You Are Building a New Hotel?

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 9 comments
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It seems like Loudoun County lives in a bubble. While Detroit’s much-reduced population struggles to get back a sense of community, and is building gardens where there were once houses, Loudoun continues to “pave over,” building office buildings, big box stores and taxpayer-funded hotels. Although Loudoun has always been a sweet place for developers to build, it just got a whole lot sweeter. … Continue Reading

“Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award

April 4, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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A “green structure” built by Fuog /InterBuild, Inc., received the National Frame Builders Association “Judges’ Award” and the 2011 Building of the Year” at the March 1 2012 Frame Building Expo in St. Louis, MO. constructed using only sustainable wood species, energy efficient technology and as many recycled elements as possible, the St. Brides Horse Barn and Equestrian office “represents on the aesthetically and functionally exceptional barns in the Virginia Piedmont region” according to the NFBA. The St. Brides Barn will be part of the 2012 – 58th Annual “Upperville Barn Tour”. More than 1800 visitors are expected to tour the facility as part of the annual event. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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­­­Board Votes to Dismiss County Lawsuit – Purcellville Moves to Eliminate Barriers to Development

At its recent February 14 meeting, the new Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Supervisor Clarke, voted to direct the Loudoun County Attorney to dismiss a County lawsuit that had challenged the Town of Purcellville’s authority to ignore a longstanding Town/County agreement designed to uncontrolled land annexations.

The following week, the Joint Purcell-ville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) Committee, consisting of Purcellville’s Mayor Lazaro and Council-man Priscilla, both representing the Town, and Supervisor Clarke and Planning Commissioner Douglas representing the County, met and voted unanimously to recommend that the County and Town nullify the Annexation Agreement and eliminate PUGAMP altogether. It is reasonable to assume that this recommendation will be followed. … Continue Reading

Deep Staff Cuts Proposed to Environmental and Historic Protection Programs

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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Loudoun’s newly elected Board of Supervisors has received recommendations for significant reductions in staff for programs that help ensure basic protections for the County’s environmental and historic assets. In one case, staff cuts will signal the end of an entire program.

The recommendations seek to eliminate two full time positions within the County’s Water Resources Management Program (WRMP), which collects data and develops management plans to protect water sources. Opponents of the cuts, including the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy say that “Cutting the Water Resources Program by 25 percent … will make it difficult to continue the program … Approximately 100,000 Loudoun residents rely on wells for their drinking water. … Continue Reading

Home Identified As Part of the Original “Bush Meeting Grounds” Will Be Torn Down for Parking

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment

A private home listed as part of the original Bush Meeting Grounds – in the Historic Overlay District and purchased by the Town of Purcellville approximately one year ago – will be razed to provide additional parking for the Fireman’s Field/Town Hall complex.

The home is located next to what is known as the Bush Tabernacle, a structure with important Civil Rights/Purcellville history which was recently restored.

Bits of history associated with the home, including the fact that it was once owned by the Warner family in Purcellville, are part of archival records from the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg.

Purcellville Plan: Build A Roundabout … Then Destroy It

February 2, 2012 by Valerie Joyner Development, News 2 comments
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Plans Show Roundabout Will Be Built Then Razed And Replaced At a Later Date

Yes, that’s the plan for the Southern Collector roundabout – build it, destroy it and then rebuild it at taxpayer expense ninety-four feet west of the original location. As seen in the Town of Purcellville’s drawing on this page, which will be given out at the mandatory Southern Collector Road (SCR) pre-bidders conference on February 7, 2012 at the Town Hall, the original roundabout, which is currently being constructed by the developer of the Purcellville Gateway Project, is located below (east of) the final roundabout. The original roundabout will be proffered (at no charge to the Town) while the second one will be built with taxpayer money. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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