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Apr 05

Design Work Continues for the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station Project

Posted to Aldie Fire and Rescue Station by Heidi Kellum

Over the last several weeks, the project design team reviewed and approved a revised mechanical system design for the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station, which is currently 35% complete. The new 23,000 square-foot station will be constructed in Aldie, Virginia to replace the existing building, providing an updated and accessible facility for the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. The Aldie Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1955 and their station (Station 7) currently houses a fire engine, heavy rescue, tanker, brush truck and advanced life support ambulance.

A turn lane waiver request, made by the project design team, was recently approved by The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the design consultant is currently developing the construction documents for the project. The estimated completion of the project’s design process is fall 2021. Construction is currently estimated for completion in winter 2023, weather permitting.   
                                                                                 
The future site of the new Aldie Fire and Rescue Station is an existing undeveloped property located along the Route 50 corridor, west of the roundabout intersection with Route 15. In addition to the new facility, site improvements for this project include two entrances off Route 50, access and parking areas, a well and septic field, lighting, landscaping, and a storm water management pond.  

For more information about the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station project, including a link to sign up for updates about the project, visit the project page.  

Jul 19

New Loudoun County Animal Services Facility to Open July 30

Posted to Animal Services Facility by Heidi Kellum

Loudoun County invites members of the public to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and a series of grand opening events for the new location of the Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) facility located just outside Leesburg adjacent to Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park. The ceremony marks the conclusion of more than two years of construction.  

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, July 30

The county will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the grounds of the newly constructed facility located at 42225 Adoption Drive, Leesburg. Members of the Board of Supervisors and other guests will celebrate the opening of the new facility. 

Tours of the new facility will be offered to the public following the ribbon cutting beginning at 1:00 p.m., and continuing at the top of each hour with the last tour beginning at 5:00 p.m. No pre-registration for a tour is required.

Grand Opening Events, July 31 – August 1

The animal shelter will be open for regular business hours July 31 – August 1. Adoption hours will be 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In addition, throughout the weekend, LCAS will host a series of grand opening events that are free and open to the public. Some events require pre-registration. 

  • 11:00 a.m. - Noon, Touch-a-Truck: Meet a Humane Law Enforcement Officer, learn about their vehicle, equipment and how they help animals in Loudoun County.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Guided Tours: Guided tours of the new facility on the hour.
  • 12:00 p.m., Busy Buddies: Join LCAS staff for animal enrichment activities and learn about the importance of keeping pets’ minds busy! Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
  • 4:00 p.m., Critters & Crafts: Kids of all ages are invited to the community room for a fun craft and animal activity! 

For more information about the grand opening events and to pre-register for activities, visit loudoun.gov/animalsgrandopening

Directions to the New Facility 

All visitors to the new Loudoun County Animal Services facility must access the site from Sycolin Road in Leesburg. From Sycolin Road, drivers should enter on Crosstrail Boulevard, pass by Segra Field and Bolen Park to Kincaid Boulevard, and finally to Adoption Drive. Guests are asked to park along Kincaid Boulevard.

NOTE: The new facility currently cannot be accessed via Kincaid Boulevard from Battlefield Parkway because the road is not yet open to through traffic north of Adoption Drive. GPS may direct you to this unopened route and therefore visitors are encouraged to follow the directions listed above and access the new facility from Sycolin Road. The Waze app provides correct guidance via Sycolin Road.

About the New Facility

The new, 21,450-square-foot facility includes an animal shelter, replacing the existing shelter in Waterford. The new facility will serve as the operational headquarters of LCAS and will be the first public shelter in the United States to meet 100% of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Animal Shelter Guidelines, the gold standard for animal sheltering. 

The new facility also expands many of the existing services provided at the current animal shelter, including pet adoptions; humane law enforcement; housing of stray, abandoned, or relinquished companion animals; dog license sales; volunteer opportunities; dispatch services; educational programs; and pet retention counseling. In addition, for the first time, the new facility will feature a veterinary clinic and surgical suite for medical treatment of shelter pets. 

More Information

To learn more about Loudoun County Animal Services, including which pets are available for adoption, visit loudoun.gov/animals.

Mar 17

Ashburn Recreation and Community Center Design Nearing Completion

Posted to Ashburn Recreation and Community Center by Heidi Kellum

The Ashburn Recreation and Community Center is currently nearing design completion and will be submitted for review in late March 2021. After review of the design, advertisements for construction of the facility will begin in summer 2021. Construction is estimated to begin by fall 2021. 

The Ashburn Recreation and Community Center project will construct a 115,000-square-foot recreation and community center on Broadlands Boulevard, west of the intersection with Claiborne Parkway. The two-story facility will feature a 50-meter competition pool, leisure pool, spa, full-size gymnasium, soft sensory playroom, multipurpose room with a catering and teaching kitchen, classrooms, offices and meeting spaces. 

The second floor will include fitness areas, running track, spectator seating for the competition pool and viewing area for the leisure pool. Additional features include a multi-use trail around the property, a large courtyard with seating, a splash play area and playground equipment. 

For more information about the Ashburn Recreation Center project, visit the project page.