For years now, residents in Ashburn have wondered what new business would come in and take over the vacant Bloom supermarket space in the Belmont Greene community. The 38,000 s.f. space has sat like a dead weight in the Village Center at Belmont Greene, with a few small businesses alongside it (such as Ledo Pizza). There are other empty smaller storefronts as well.
Now, we have a possible answer — it may never be a new supermarket or other business, because the developers are exploring tearing down the entire shopping center and putting residential housing there instead.
Under plans filed with Loudoun County, the entire center would be razed. The space — along with much of the current parking lot and space to the south of it — would be turned into approximately 211 single-family and multi-family residences.
(If you’re having trouble orienting yourself with the map, the spot marked No. 2 is roughly where the vacant Bloom store sits today.)
A convenience store and gas station would go on the corner lot where Portsmouth Boulevard meets Belmont Ridge Road, and some new smaller retail buildings would be built along Portsmouth.
Last October, The Burn told you about some proposed plans to add the gas station and new residential units to the property, but that plan appeared to maintain the main shopping center intact. This new proposal goes much further.
Called the “Belmont Greene Revitalization” plan, it’s slowly working its way through various steps and agencies with Loudoun County. No word yet if all the approvals will go through and this plan will come to fruition. Remember, lots of proposals don’t. But it certainly is an eye-opening idea for a spot in Ashburn that has needed some new ideas for a long time.
(Image at top: Google Maps)