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Private Heliport Approved for 540-Acre Farm Site in Western Loudoun County

by on April 6, 2015
Private Heliport Approved for 540-Acre Farm Site in Western Loudoun County

Christine Gleckner, Land Use Planner in WCL&W’s Loudoun office, recently obtained approval for a unique special exception application permitting a private heliport in western Loudoun County. Our client, a licensed helicopter pilot who travels between numerous business locations and several farms in the region, owns and operates a business based in Sterling. The existing 60-by-100-foot […]

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Eminent Domain and Transportation Updates in Northern Virginia

by on April 6, 2015
Eminent Domain and Transportation Updates in Northern Virginia

Virginia Eminent Domain Statutes Amended … For the Better By Michael J. Coughlin and Samuel A. Irvin During its most recent session, the Virginia General Assembly amended portions of Virginia’s eminent domain statutes to clarify that businesses and farmers affected by a total taking of the property they rent or own are entitled to recover […]

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Lake Anne Redevelopment Approval: Evolution of a Vision

by on April 6, 2015
Lake Anne Redevelopment Approval: Evolution of a Vision

Following years of effort by Lynne Strobel and Bill Keefe on behalf of Lake Anne Development Partners LLC, a redevelopment proposal for the historic Lake Anne Village Center and Crescent Apartments was approved. Upon completion, a diversity of housing types and retail and commercial uses connected by well-designed outdoor spaces and trails will result in […]

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Legislative Update: Collection of Cash Proffers on a Per-Unit Basis

by on April 6, 2015
Legislative Update: Collection of Cash Proffers on a Per-Unit Basis

By Pete Dolan and Jonelle Cameron On March 19, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 1257, eliminating the sunset provision of an important statute regarding timing of proffer payments. Prior to 2010, proffer payments on a per-unit basis were to be paid at the building permit stage. During the recession, however, Code Section 15.2-2303.1:1 […]

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Sellers and Buyers of Real Property Advertised “As Is” Should Beware

by on March 12, 2015
Sellers and Buyers of Real Property Advertised “As Is” Should Beware

Buyers and sellers of real estate should take note of a recent opinion from the Supreme Court of Virginia that clarifies the line between “buyer beware” and fraud. In the matter of Devine v. Buki, the seller of a 200-year-old residential property in Northumberland County known as “Rock Hall” undertook renovations of the structure in […]

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Cathy Puskar Wins Approval for City of Alexandria Senior Living Facility

by on March 12, 2015
Cathy Puskar Wins Approval for City of Alexandria Senior Living Facility

On February 21, 2015, after more than two years of development review and a six-hour public hearing including 53 speakers representing both sides of the issue, the Alexandria City Council approved a rezoning and development special use permit for the 66-unit Alexandria Memory Care Center by a required 6–1 supermajority vote. The Center, adjacent to […]

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Around Prince William County: Latest Entitlements Keep WCL&W In Demand

by on March 12, 2015
Around Prince William County: Latest Entitlements Keep WCL&W In Demand

WCL&W is in demand in Prince William County. The firm’s attorneys and planners have secured entitlement approvals for six projects in and around the county: LongPointe, Rivergate, SunCap Property Group’s FedEx Ground Distribution Center, Elite Shooting Sports, and Cowles Nissan. LongPointe By Susan Flanigan Mike Lubeley and Susan Flanigan represented Belno, LLC, and Horner Road […]

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Arlington County Board Green-lights Gables North Rolfe Street Project

by on March 12, 2015
Arlington County Board Green-lights Gables North Rolfe Street Project

WCL&W Shareholders Evan Pritchard and Cathy Puskar worked closely with Gables Residential and Arlington County to win redevelopment approval for the Gables North Rolfe Street project. The development involves an exchange of land parcels between Gables Residential and the County that allows for redevelopment of the entire block, and the provision of a new replacement […]

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Site Redevelopment Approved for Crystal City’s “Paperclip” Building

by on February 3, 2015
Site Redevelopment Approved for Crystal City’s “Paperclip” Building

The next chapter of redevelopment in Arlington County is now set to take place at 400 Army Navy Drive. Shareholders Nan Walsh and Evan Pritchard secured approval from the Arlington County Board for a site plan amendment that will replace the existing 1960s-era office building on the site, known as the “Paperclip Building,” with two […]

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Planning Lessons from the Real Estate Industry

by on February 2, 2015
Planning Lessons from the Real Estate Industry

I work with real estate developers, investors, and Realtors on nearly a daily basis, and I am always impressed by the transformation newcomers to the industry undergo from the time they start their first project to when their business is thriving. These professionals learn many lessons the hard way. Some seek counsel from the start, […]

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