0
Votes

Narrowing the Field

County selects five government center projects to move forward.

Last week, county officials chose five developer proposals for the new government center to advance in the selection process, which began at the beginning of the year.

"The county felt these five best met the goals and regulations of our RFPP [Request for Partnership Proposals]," Tina Borger, the county's procurement manager, said.

According to the request for proposals, the new center will include two buildings totaling 500,000 square feet developed into a destination complex with retail services and room for 300,000 square feet of expansion. Borger said it was important that the design of the new center have flexible space for multiple uses and is cost effective.

"At this stage we are looking mostly at location and the development plan," Borger said. "The building design will come later."

Two Leesburg locations were among the five selected, from developers Keane Enterprises and KSI Services Inc. The other three proposals would move the government center east. Along the Dulles Greenway, Comstock Partners would make the government center part of its Loudoun Station development and Loudoun Civic and Transit Center LLC would make the government building part of the Moorefield Station development. The proposal from Miller and Smith, the developers of One Loudoun along Route 7 in Ashburn was also selected.

The five remaining proposals will be brought before the county staff June 12 and 13 for a presentation and evaluation.

"It is a cross-departmental team," Borger said. "Including finance, planning, economic development, zoning, construction and the county administrator."

After the evaluation period, Borger said county staff will decide which proposals will move forward to the detailed stage, where building design, features and the quality of the materials used will be evaluated.

"In that phase typically two or three proposals are selected," Borger said.

<sh>KSI Services Inc.

<bt>KSI Services Inc. proposed the new government center as a part of its Village at Leesburg, which is under development. The Village at Leesburg is a 158-acre mixed-use development at the intersection of Route 7 and River Creek Parkway. As part of the development, KSI will construct an interchange at the Route 7 intersection. KSI has identified three potential locations for the government center, all closely associated with the development's Village Center.

<sh>Keane Enterprises

<bt>Keane Enterprises included the center in its 165-acre mixed-use project located at the interchange of the Dulles Greenway and Battlefield Parkway. An interchange is under construction at Battlefield Parkway and would be used for access to the new center. The proposed center, named Oaklawn, will provide easy access to day care, restaurants, a pharmacy, health club, coffee shops and a hotel. The center would be designed as a series of buildings organized around a town green with pedestrian paths and a promenade.

<sh>Comstock Partners

<bt>The Loudoun Station development will be located at the intersection of the Dulles Greenway and Loudoun County Parkway, where there is a planned Metrorail station. The new center would be two, independent buildings with an atrium. Employees and visitors would be able to enter the atrium from an adjacent parking structure through a covered skywalk at the main level. The Loudoun Station center would provide pedestrian access and day-to-day amenities and retail for employees.

<sh>Loudoun Civic and Transit Center

<bt>As part of the proposed 600-acre Moorefield Station community, the new government center would advance the county's transportation and economic development goals. The proposal includes 27-acres of land that would meet the immediate office needs and transit support, as well for arts organizations, entertainment and other community service facilities.

<sh>Miller and Smith

<bt>The 360-acre One Loudoun development includes 702,000 square feet of retail, 750 hotel rooms, 186 apartments and 3,100,000 square feet of office development. The government center would become part of the town plan with access to restaurants, shopping, day care, a health club and theater complex. An interchange is planned at the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Route 7, the main intersection of One Loudoun, for easy resident access.