— What has become known as the “Aldie Decision” has been postponed to March 15, 2022. The Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association (VPHA) encourages all to email the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and sign up to speak at the Board of Supervisors Business Meeting on March 15, which features two public input sessions. Call 703-777-0200 to sign up in advance.
Negotiations between the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Guy Gerachis over the sale of the “Aldie Assemblage” fell through in November. This shocking news was extremely discouraging, but the preservation community held several emergency meetings to determine another solution and we were thrilled when the Piedmont Environmental Council stepped forward with a matching offer to purchase the Aldie Assemblage on December 7, 2021. PEC’s ownership of these parcels would guarantee that the historic fabric of the village would be preserved, and it would remove permanently the threat of any inappropriate development at these sites.
VPHA fully endorses PEC’s offer for the following reasons:
PEC has an unparalleled reputation for preserving our environmental and historic resources. They were founded in 1972 and have worked tirelessly over the last 50 years to protect rural Loudoun and have earned the complete trust of Aldie residents and the preservation community.
PEC has prioritized protecting Loudoun’s “rural gateway” to the west and accordingly has acquired over 239 acres since 2009 on the eastern side of Aldie, saving the intersection of Route 50 and Route 15 from unwanted development and creating at its 141-acre Roundabout Meadows property publicly accessible trails and a community farm growing fruit and vegetables that are donated to Loudoun Hunger Relief. Their acquisition of the Aldie Assemblage is the next phase of this commitment being realized.
PEC has pledged to bring the Tavern up to Historic Code and work with the Aldie community and preservation organizations to ensure the best future for each of these three parcels.
PEC’s offer provides an ironclad solution that finally relieves the county from any further financial or resource burden relating to the Aldie Assemblage and it puts these important parcels in the care of one of Loudoun’s most trusted preservation leaders.
Please Take Action: The Loudoun BOS will be considering this offer on March 15, 2022, and we need everyone to email the supervisors this week expressing their sincere support of PEC’s offer via: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dear Loudoun Supervisors,
I am writing to express my full support of the offer submitted by the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) to purchase the “Aldie Assemblage” which would protect the historic fabric of the village. PEC has worked tirelessly to protect Loudoun’s environmental and historic resources since they were founded in 1972 and they have the complete trust of Aldie residents and the preservation community.
Their preservation and stewardship at Roundabout Meadows on the eastern side of Aldie saved the intersection of Route 50 and Route 15 from unwanted development, created publicly accessible trails, and established a community farm where volunteers help PEC grow fruits and vegetables that are donated to those in need in Loudoun County. PEC’s acquisition of the Aldie Assemblage would be the next phase of their commitment to protect the “rural gateway” to western Loudoun.
They will bring the historic Tavern up to code and work with the Aldie community and preservation organizations to ensure the best future for each of these important properties. PEC’s offer provides an ironclad solution that would be universally celebrated across Loudoun and relieve the county of any further financial or resource burden relating to the Aldie Assemblage.
Thank you for your consideration and significant time invested on this issue.
Thank you all for taking the time to help protect the historic landscape of the Heritage Area! It has been a long battle in Aldie, but the end is in sight!