Something’s rotten at Crosstrail

Never at a loss to do a favor for the commercial developers who ponied up half a million bucks to the Loudoun GOP for last year’s elections, Chairman Scott York (R) pulled a surprise move last week and proposed to the Board’s finance committee that instead of approving the expansion of the courts complex in Leesburg, the county delay a decision for two months so that a last-minute bid from the Peterson Companies can be explored that would instead move the courts to a new location on property Peterson owns along the Greenway, the Crosstrail development.

York said he was “intrigued” by the idea and equally business friendly Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) made some obfuscating noises about what a good idea it would be to have a “thorough review.”

The fact that the county would have to provide the development’s sewer lines, approve three rezonings, hold a referendum on moving the courts out of Leesburg, and that $7 million has already been spent on design work for expanding the courts complex at its current location are all apparently part of the “unanswered questions” that Buona thinks it will require two months to thoroughly understand.

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