Growth and Development
- June 1, 2008
One Loudoun mixed-use development plans 2009 opening
Builders began work on One Loudoun last fall and are now laying roads and utilities across the 360-acre site of the high-density, mixed-use project at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. Later this year work is expected to begin on the first buildings in the Town Center — office, retail and housing space. Eventually, developers say, the project will have 3 million square feet of office space and up to 700,000 square feet of retail, along with more than 900 homes. The project will also be home to the World Trade Center Dulles Airport, which will take up 800,000 square feet of office space. World Trade Center Dulles Airport is a regional member of an international organization promoting trade.
Expansion and renovation are under way at Washington Dulles International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport, which is on the boundary line between Loudoun and Fairfax counties, served nearly 25 million passengers last year. It’s in the middle of a major expansion and renovation, which will include a fourth runway, new control tower, additional parking garages and renovation of the original 1962 terminal designed by architect Eero Saarinen. Also under construction is a new passenger transport system called AeroTrain, which will carry passengers from the main terminal to the three concourses at speeds up to 42 mph.
Janelia Farm expected
to spur growth of life-science firms
Janelia Farm is a $500 million research facility on 689 acres off Route 7. Run by the Maryland-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute, it was completed in 2006. Eventually it will have a permanent staff of about 250 scientists and research staff, who will work with visiting researchers. Loudoun leaders expect it to serve as a catalyst for a biomedicine cluster of businesses.
Arcola Center starts with shopping area
The 400-acre Arcola Center project won approval from the county in December. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year on the 640,000-square-foot Shops at Arcola Center. It should open by fall 2009 and will anchor the mixed-use project, in eastern Loudoun. Developers say the project eventually will have up to 2.1 million square feet of office and commercial space, 80 acres of residential development and up to 1.1 million square feet of retail space. It’s a “smart growth” project that emphasizes pedestrian-friendly design, but critics still say it will make local traffic worse.
Orbital Sciences expands in Loudoun
Orbital Sciences, developer of space and rocket systems, is expanding its facility near Route 7 in eastern Loudoun. The company began work this year on the first of four new buildings, which will have a total of 175,000 square feet. When the entire project is done in 2011, the 77-acre campus will have 800,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. The company has hired 100 people this year and expects to hire another 600 employees at the Dulles location over the next four years. The company’s headquarters and its space systems, launch systems and advanced programs groups are in Loudoun, employing about 1,500 people. Orbital also has locations in California, Arizona and Maryland.