Developer Proposes Housing Around Sterling Superfund Site

A developer has met with county staff members about a proposal to build 124 homes around a former dump site between Broad Run Farms and CountrySide in northeast Loudoun.

The Hidden Lane Landfill at that site was a 25-acre privately owned and operated dump that operated from 1971 until 1984, when county regulators and courts shut it down because of groundwater contamination, and because the county had never approved the landfill. In 1989, the Loudoun County Health Department found evidence of a common degreaser in the groundwater and well water of homes around the property. In total, 36 homes were found to have contaminated well water. And in 2008, a 150-acre area including the landfill was added to Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list of the nation’s most contaminated sites. The EPA also decided to pay to provide central water service to the affected homes.

Ultimately, a company set up by the estate of the former property owner, Persimmon Lane, reached a settlement in 2017 to reimburse the federal and state governments for cleanup costs with proceeds from selling the property, while the EPA. The new proposal, from Christopher Companies, combines the Persimmon Lane property with a neighboring property for a total of 237 acres—most of which is unusable for homes, either because of the toxic dump site or in floodplain.

The single-family homes now proposed would be on three parts of the property that sit at a higher elevation than the rest, according to preliminary documents submitted to the county. Twenty-two would be off an extension of Youngs Cliff Road in Broad Run Farms along the Potomac River; 88 would be along roads connecting McCarty Court and Selden Court in CountrySide; and three would be south of Persimmon Lane. Another 33 would be near the Potomac River on the east side of the property. The homes would be closely packed together, with five feet of yard on either side, 15 feet in front and 25 feet in the back.

The proposal also includes putting solar panels over the actual dump site, putting that land back to use for the first time in decades, which would require a separate rezoning request. There is also a cemetery on the property, on the southern end near McCarty Court, which would have to be protected.

If the application goes ahead, it will go through a legislative review process that includes public hearings at both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

This article was updated Wednesday March 30, 2022 to correct an error about the number of homes proposed.

4 thoughts on “Developer Proposes Housing Around Sterling Superfund Site

  • 2021-05-18 at 4:34 pm

    By all means, just go ahead and build however many homes you’d like. And just put ’em wherever.

    Don’t worry, the rest of us taxpayers will pick up the bill when something goes wrong down the road.

  • 2021-05-18 at 9:32 pm

    Sure, sure what can go wrong with putting homes on a dump, but wait lets put them on a known Superfund Dump Site that makes it all much better. See mutants!

  • 2021-05-19 at 5:19 am

    To run water to the affected homes with bad wells caused by the dump it will cost 6 million dollars. These are existing homes and people have health problems not seen in other parts of the community that do not lie in direct path of TCE plume. The nastiness that is the Hidden Lane Landfill is flowing through shale fissures into the Potomac River with no means to control it. It will take 50 years if bacteria is introduced to change the tri material into a safer substance, problem is the bacteria is more harmful than the TCE, 50 years! Instead of up-zoning this should be down zoned to the fewest homes allowable. A money grab by the EPA with no thought to the long range effects to our water system. 34 years they have been working on this site and the best they come up with is build baby build, Bu))$&(t!!!

  • 2021-05-20 at 5:43 pm

    Would this be the first future ghetto built on a hazardous dump site that not many years ago burst into flames and burned for months?
    Remember this area was going to be green space credits for higher density elsewhere, you may ask what happened to that proposal. They went ahead with the higher density housing without the green credit offsets.

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