Mayor Littleton asks Middleburg community to stand up against development plan
— It’s up to the local community to speak out against the level of development envisioned in Loudoun County’s new comprehensive plan, Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton told attendees at the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s monthly Biz Buzz networking event at the National Sporting Library & Museum on April 9.
The Planning Commission handed over a “very pro-growth” plan to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, presenting the board with its final 90-day opportunity to make amendments to the plan, Littleton said. The Board of Supervisors will review the draft Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan in April, May and June, with a vote on adoption expected in June.
“It is critical that they get this right, and what is critical to them getting it right is making sure that everybody in the community participates in the public engagement process,” he said. “This is the last chance.”
The board has set up two days for public comments and hearings on the plan: April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg and April 27 at 9 a.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building in Ashburn. Littleton encouraged community members to sign up to speak at the events in advance by calling the Office of the County Administrator at 703-777-0200. More details on the public hearings can be found at loudoun.gov/Loudoun2040.
The Middleburg Business and Professional Association is also asking its members to provide information about job openings, so MBPA can promote those openings online. MBPA is requesting that members with job openings email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: the name of the business or organization, a description of the business and details about the job opening, including whether it is full- or part-time, basic requirements such as education, whom to contact about the position and how to apply. A sample information sheet is available here.
MBPA President Punkin Lee also announced at the meeting that the association has formed a partnership with 92.5 WINC FM that will help to promote Middleburg year-round. “I think that will be a really nice partnership for us,” Lee said.
The meeting also highlighted several new businesses that have recently moved to town, including Chloe’s, a women’s clothing boutique that is moving into the home of what used to Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates at 12 E. Washington St.; Purple Cherry Architects at 11 E. Washington St.; Atelier Design & Decor at 15 E. Washington St.; and Northwest Federal Credit Union at 101 W. Washington St.
The meeting, which was co-hosted by Edward Jones and A Taste of New York Catering, also served to highlight two new exhibitions at the National Sporting Library & Museum: “NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art” and “Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen.” The exhibitions, which run through Sept. 15, allow visitors to enjoy highlights from the NSLM’s permanent collection in an entirely fresh way.
Other upcoming events of note include:
- Foxes on the Fence at Middleburg United Methodist Church (April 1-May 15): The Middleburg Garden Club will be auctioning off 36 hand-painted foxes leaping on the fences on the corner of West Washington Street and Pendleton Street in historic downtown Middleburg. New this year, they have added several hounds and also look for a few female foxes.
- Great Middleburg Cleanup at the Middleburg Community Center (April 13 | 8-10:30 a.m.): Spring is in the air, so it’s time to do a little cleaning! Dress comfortably and be ready to sweep up the streets. All ages welcome!
- Middleburg Concert Series at Middleburg United Methodist Church (April 14 | 4 p.m.): Shenandoah Conservatory’s acclaimed faculty ensemble will present a program which will include works by Beethoven and Mozart for wind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn) along with piano accompaniment.
- Concert on the Steps at the Middleburg Community Center (April 19 | 6-8 p.m.): Join us for an evening filled with free fun, live music, food and beverages, and good company!
- Middleburg Spring Races (April 20): The Middleburg Spring Races have become the quintessential event to welcome spring to Virginia, synonymous with the blooming of the daffodils and dogwoods. Join us at Glenwood Park as we “Race to Give.”
- Arbor Day Celebration (April 27): The town of Middleburg will celebrate spring with a special Arbor Day event. Middleburg, a designated Tree City, USA has planned a fun-filled celebration to help increase environmental awareness.
- Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point (April 28): Join us for a day in the country to enjoy the exciting sport of steeplechase racing at Glenwood Park, one of the most beautiful race courses in the nation. This year’s race card once again includes racing over the timber course, the hurdle course and on the flat.
- “Canter & Crawl: The Glass Sculpture of Joan Danziger” at the National Sporting Library & Museum (May 17, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020): “Canter & Crawl” presents a solo show of the DC-based, contemporary artist’s latest body of work. Stimulating the imagination, Danzinger’s vibrant wire and glass-shard sculptures are inspired by the spirit of the horse and the jewel-like nature of insects.
- “Open Late” Concert at the National Sporting Library & Museum (May 31 | 6-8 p.m.): Join us on the NSLM’s lawn as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of NSLM’s “Open Late” summer concert series! Concerts are free and open to the public, with the museum open late and free of charge, too. The Bryan Shepherd Country Band will be performing.