Plan for Leesburg Mobile Home Park Shows 80 Townhouses

An initial concept plan from potential Leesburg Mobile Park purchaser Darius Saiedi shows the 7.2 acre property could become a townhouse development, if a pending sale goes through.

Saiedi held a pre-application meeting with town staff in late October, and the current sketch plan shows drawings for an 80-unit townhouse development with one- and two-car garages. He was initially expected to close on the sale of the land by the end of the year, but the study period has been rumored to have been extended to move closing into as late as February 2022. Saiedi has not returned multiple calls for comment on the sale. Town of Leesburg Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett said she understood that Saiedi had scheduled a phone call this week with representatives of mobile park residents, but that could not immediately be confirmed. During recent public meetings, mobile park residents have bemoaned the lack of communication from Saiedi on progress regarding the sale, or plans for potential future redevelopment.

The potential sale of the decades-old mobile home park went public in August, with letters sent to residents noting an $11 million offer had been made for the property. Since then, current mobile home park residents have become a constant and vocal presence at Leesburg Town Council meetings, pleading with their elected representatives to do something to allow residents to remain in their homes on the property. Among the rallying cries from the residents, many of whom have lived in the 75 units there for years, has been that there is no equal affordable option for them to relocate in Loudoun County or even in nearby jurisdictions.

Mobile park resident Erin Taylor has become something of a spokeswoman for the neighborhood, advocating on her and her neighbors’ behalf, translating for them during Town Council meetings, and laying out the top three desires of residents in a presentation to the council. Those are for the council to amend proposed language in the under-review Legacy Leesburg Town Plan update to create a text amendment that allows mobile homes as a permitted use; and to change maps in the Town Plan and Crescent District Master Plan to include Leesburg Mobile Park.

“There is no reason why a neighborhood that has existed peacefully and without issue since at least 1957 should be erased,” she said to the council during its Nov. 22 meeting. “Displacing 75 working-class and minority families in the name of gentrification would be a tragedy.”

Council members have long maintained that they cannot get in the way of a private sale, or risk legal consequences. Recently, with many both on and off the council dais remarking that a sale of the property seemed inevitable, developer David Gregory has provided a plan that would relocate the community to seven acres of property he owns off Dry Mill Road, part of the former Graydon Manor property. The council recently held a closed session briefing on that plan, and voted to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors with two requests, first that the county review Gregory’s proposal to determine its feasibility “and what steps each party needs to take to make this proposal a reality for the residents of Leesburg Mobile Home Park.” The land in question predominantly falls within Loudoun County, with only about one acre within town limits according to Arnett.

The letter also asked county supervisors, in conjunction with the Loudoun Housing Authority, to identify any land within its Joint Land Management Area that would work for a relocated manufactured home community.

“Without the full engagement of the County of Loudoun to pursue all options despite obvious challenges, there simply is no relocation solution available to 75 families that are residents of both the Town of Leesburg and the County of Loudoun. On behalf of the Leesburg Town Council, I urge the Board of Supervisors to become actively involved as a full partner in this critical matter, and to commit all available resources to working with Leesburg to fully explore all opportunities on behalf of these 75 families,” the letter, signed by Mayor Kelly Burk on behalf of the council, said in closing.

8 thoughts on “Plan for Leesburg Mobile Home Park Shows 80 Townhouses

  • 2021-11-29 at 2:56 pm

    Yes, the handwriting is on the wall. Mobile Home Park residents are in an extremely vulnerable position, given the desired use of the property by Darius Saiedi. I think it’s most unfortunate that Mr. Saiedi won’t speak to the local press. That’s not a very promising harbinger of the future. I urge Leesburg & Loudoun County officials to vigorously brainstorm until a solution is found for the Mobile Home Park residents. With any luck, an alternate location will be found for the Park by New Year’s Day. Happy Hanukkah Loudoun!

  • 2021-11-29 at 5:57 pm

    Displacing 75 low income to no income residents with 85 new owners of what likely will be upper middle class housing would be great if every politician who supported this would admit being a hypocrite and never run for office again. 🙂 Anybody want to guess whether the current assessment is significantly less than the $11 million and the owner is a contributor to various campaigns? All sad and all in my humble opinion. When will the majority of Loudoun registered voters show up for a local election and FIX THIS?

  • 2021-11-29 at 7:26 pm

    Who benefits from the sale and development? Obviously, the buyer and the seller. But also, the town. 80 units at $750,000 each will bring in quite a nice annual property tax windfall for the town. Do you think the town hasn’t figured out how to spend all that money already?

    Now it looks like the town is trying to wash their hands and is pointing fingers at the county. This is shameless. Neither the town nor the county care at all about the plight of the current residents of the park. There is little they can do about the sale and they have no incentive to do anything at any rate.

    • 2021-11-30 at 12:48 pm

      They’ve ALREADY spent the money:

      More town staff.
      Fat raises.
      Taj Majal bus shelters.
      Tennis bubbles.

  • 2021-11-30 at 9:31 am

    This would be an excellent opportunity for the Town and the County to step up and put their money where their mouth is. They constantly buy property to “preserve” it. Now is the time to “preserve” this community of hard working families. Mobile parks do not have to be a stigma or “low class”. Many states have some very high end parks for seniors and retirees. This could be done and maybe even make it larger to allow for even more affordable opportunities. There are many areas that could be utilized this way and not be a “blight” on the elitism of Loco. I lived in one in Lewes, DE and regretted having to leave, but responsibility brought me back here. I always wished there were like opportunities and options like that here. “Candos”, as we affectionately called them, were the best of both worlds. An affordable stand alone home in a pleasant community.

  • 2021-11-30 at 11:45 am

    I don’t see an easy way to fix this. It is private property. I wish people would boycott the town homes, but I know they will not.

  • 2021-12-01 at 12:49 pm

    Since Bruk punts this issue to the Board of Supervisors it brings into question why is she needed as Mayor or anything else on the Town Council?

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