The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a collaboration between Loudoun County and the ownership of Kincora Village Center. During its March 17, 2020 meeting, the board voted to endorse initiating an amendment to the project’s current land use applications in order to accommodate the relocation of the Northern Virginia Regional Science Center within the Kincora development. The revised application will also allow a redesign of the concept plan for the development and consideration of 800 additional multifamily housing units.
The Science Center, a partnership between the Children’s Science Center and the Science Museum of Virginia, is scheduled to be within the Kincora project, a 6.7 million-square-foot, mixed-use development at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 28. The center will include two floors of exhibits and workshops as well as programs to engage children and families in hands-on learning.
The proposed Regional Science Center had expressed interest in moving from its presently planned one-acre site in Kincora to a larger, 4.87-acre site that allows for future expansion and enhanced programming. The new site would provide the center with improved access to Kincora’s natural features, including nature trails and one of the region’s largest blue heron rookeries, for its educational programs.
The relocation of the Science Museum would also move the planned building site to a location that would serve as an anchor to Kincora’s envisioned Main Street Corridor, along with a second anchor, the planned National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations. Kincora will include a variety of retail, hotel, restaurant and residential options, providing a regional tourist destination as well as a science and technology employment hub. In addition, the proposed development includes 12 acres of civic space for the greater Loudoun community.
With the Regional Science Center move and the addition of 800 residential units to Kincora, the county moves toward furthering its goal of successful mixed-use communities that will provide a diverse array of housing options in the suburban planning area. The opportunity to create a dense mixed-use neighborhood, consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan, will help fill existing county housing gaps. Housing options at Kincora include the Jameson Apartments and Lennar condominiums, as well as the Heronview apartment complex, which provides 96 units of affordable and workforce housing.
A 230-acre park, encompassing 160 acres in Kincora and 71 acres at Commonwealth Center, will connect to the planned Broad Run Stream Valley Park, which will facilitate collaborative programming between the Science Center and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. The park will also connect to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, creating a seamless trail connection allowing users to go from Washington, D.C. all the way to Harpers Ferry.
The Kincora project also includes more than $80 million in supporting infrastructure, including significant road improvements and the earlier dedication of land for the recently constructed Kincora fire and rescue station.
Following the Board’s action, the application will proceed to the Planning Commission following staff review. The Board’s endorsement of the process to review the changes in the application will allow for the design and construction schedule for the Science Museum to stay on track for completion in 2023.
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