After months of review and debate, the Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Dec. 10 to green light development plans for the 12-acre Crescent Place project. The project, which is on Harrison Street west of Catoctin Street, will replace the spot where the Barber and Ross manufacturing complex currently sits. The proposal states that the development will contain 35,000 square feet of commercial space and 224 residential units.
The proposal gives just shy of one acre of open space; increases commercial space from 16,000 square feet to 32,000 square feet, with a maximum of 35,000 square feet; and includes a $1,000 donation to improving nearby parks and a $135,000 contribution for use of the town parking lot.
Council members praised the benefits that they feel the new development will bring, including economic benefits and improving aesthetics. Community members, who attended and spoke at the public hearing, echoed those statements.