Loudoun Board Approves Joint School, Park Site Permit

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors has approved a tentative site plan for the 151-acre Hovatter Farms property where it will share space with the schools for a high school, an elementary school, and possibly a county park.

The property off Light Ridge Road, near Willowsford and south of Braddock Road, will serve soon serve as the site of HS-9, ES-29, and a 30-acre county parcel.

The county government is picking up $8.45 million of the property’s $10 million price tag, while the school district will pay the balance. After purchase, supervisors plan to divide the property with the schools. The land is assessed at $4 million in the county’s tax records.

HS-9 will be a 302,000-square-foot, two-story building with room for 1,800 students, a stadium, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, track facilities, and two physical education fields. The plans are being fast-tracked to help address classroom space needs in Dulles South. The school is scheduled to open in fall of 2020, a year earlier than originally planned.

ES-29 will be a 105,00-square-foot, two-story building with room for 928 students. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.

The tentative site layout shows the elementary school nearest Light Ridge Road, with roads on either side of the elementary school providing access to the high school, set further back in the property.

The county has no immediate plans to develop its 30-acre share of the site, although the recently approved permit shows a play area, pavilion, and two athletic fields. The county parcel is in the northwestern corner of the property—behind the school properties from Light Ridge Road, bordering the future Willowsford Greens to the west. The plans also show a possible new access point to the site from the north to get to the county’s share of the land, although no road exists there currently. The nearest road to the north is Grassland Grove Drive, in Willowsford.

The future layout of the Hovatter Farm property, as prepared by engineering firm Urban Ltd. of Annandale. The county government and schools will share the property for a high school, an elementary school, and a possible county park.

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