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130-Home Lovettsville Development Plans Fall Through

130-Home Lovettsville Development Plans Fall Through


Lovettsville residents who spent part of 2019 worried

that a proposed development might crowd the town with hundreds of new residents

can breathe a sigh of relief, as those plans have fallen through.

According to a spokesperson for

Metropolitan Development Group, the

purchase contract for the Engle Tract has been terminated and the firm’s

application for a town plan amendment to change the land use designation of the

35-acre property to allow for mixed uses has been withdrawn. Metropolitan had previously proposed building 130 single-family homes, a 12,000-square-foot farmers market, 6,000

square feet of office space, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and 5,000 square

feet of retail space on that property by 2025. Representatives from

Metropolitan have not said why the deal to purchase the property fell through.

Jacque

Hansbrough, principal broker with the Landmark Group Commercial real estate company,

said that Landmark is remarketing the

Engle Tract and already has a few parties interested in a purchase.

To achieve its development plans in

town, Metropolitan in August requested that the Town Council consider amending

its comprehensive plan to prepare for the property to be designated for

mixed-use, rather than light industrial. Because Metropolitan is no longer

considered a contract purchaser, the firm lacks legal standing to proceed with

that request.

In May, Metropolitan held its first

community meeting to provide residents with information on the proposed

development, at which point a majority of attendees voiced concern and

opposition to the project.

Some town residents asked where the development’s new

children would attend school, seeing that Lovettsville Elementary is already at

capacity. Metropolitan had previously estimated that its development would have

brought in about 400 new town residents, given its proposed

2,400-2,700-square-foot home sizes.

Other residents asked if the

development would increase traffic to the point where the town would need to

install traffic lights. According to a July traffic impact study completed by

Wells + Associates, the proposed development might have generated more than 3,400

new daily vehicle trips.

            Moreover, residents said they were worried that the development would grow Lovettsville more than they were comfortable with, with some referencing their opposition to commercialization such as Purcellville has seen in recent years.

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Metropolitan Development Group had planned to build 130 single-family homes, a 12,000-square-foot farmers market, 6,000 square feet of office space, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and 5,000 square feet of retail space on the 35-acre Engle Tract in Lovettsville.

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