For years, One Loudoun has chased its own “Field of Dreams,” hoping to see a sports stadium built on a part of the development’s property. It was once supposed to the home to the Loudoun Hounds, an Atlantic League baseball team, as well as a minor league soccer team. Other uses have been sought as well. Now, it appears the dream is over and instead, One Loudoun is moving forward with intriguing new plans for the land.
Working with Loudoun County officials, the owners of One Loudoun are seeking to have the 23 acres for the planned stadium rezoned in order to incorporate it back into the One Loudoun we know and love — a mix of restaurants, retail, offices and homes. Among the plans for the additional space — an expansion of the “Downtown District” (restaurants and stores) as well as additional office space and possibly even a craft brewery. The center is also pursuing a 125,000 s.f. hotel. This is interesting as another new hotel — a WaterWalk Hotel — is also underway just a few blocks away in the nascent Commonwealth Center (where Top Golf is).
As far as the stadium is concerned, officials feel they did all they could to make it happen. “We worked really hard for six years trying to make it happen, but at some point, you’ve got move on,” Bill May, a VP with Miller & Smith and a spokesperson for One Loudoun, told The Loudoun Newsletter. “We have explored every avenue for a ballpark with baseball, soccer. We’ve had interest from other sports as well, but we haven’t been able to put a deal together that worked.”