Paws Up: Leesburg Council Approves Old Mill Expansion

            Members of the Leesburg Town Council have enthusiastically endorsed an application that will bring more amenities for four-legged friends to town.

            During last week’s council meeting, Old Mill Veterinary Hospital won special exception approval to construct a two-story, 21,000-square-foot facility to complement its existing building along Lawson Road.

Plans call for the construction of a new building, across from Old Mill’s current operation, that will include a canine day care facility, a veterinary hospital, and a restaurant. A report submitted by the applicant notes that the eatery—with a window to the doggy day care play area—is intended to be for use by Old Mill’s human patrons, but also would be open to anyone “who likes good food and cute dogs.” A maximum of 150 dogs will be permitted in the day care center, which would not accommodate overnight boardings.

While Old Mill owns the property where the new facility would be housed, it has for several years been used as a parking lot for vehicle fleet storage for the U.S. Postal Service.

            Council members voted 6-0-1 to approve the special exception, with Councilman Tom Dunn abstaining.

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