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Tillett’s Auction Barn could become Sheetz gas station

The building’s owner started holding auctions back in 1963.

A landmark building on Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn could come down and be replaced by a new gas station and convenience store. According to documents filed with the county, developers hope to replace the Tillett’s Auction Barn building with a Sheetz gas station and store.

Image: Sheetz

The plans call for six gas pump islands with 12 fueling stations, along with a 6,100 s.f. convenience store.

Proposed plans show a Sheetz gas station and convenience store at Belmont Ridge Road and Black Angus Drive, just south of the new Waxpool Elementary School.

Much of the land on the northeast corner of Belmont Ridge Road and Waxpool Road has been owned by the Tillett family for decades. A portion of it was sold to Loudoun County Schools, which opened the new Waxpool Elementary School there this past fall.

Now comes word that another portion of the property — the site of the Tillett’s Auction Barn building immediately south of the new school — could become a Sheetz.

Longtime Ashburn resident Bill Tillett started holding auctions at the facility back in 1963.

The site sits on one of the last remaining portion of Belmont Ridge Road that is still just two lanes. The county is planning on four-laning that portion and is working to acquire the needed right-of-ways from local landowners in order to begin construction on the project.

It is unlikely the gas station project would proceed before the road was four lanes.

10 Comments
  1. G O 2 years ago
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    They’ll never approve that. Gas station next to an elementary school. Nope.

  2. Mike Rand 2 years ago
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    The beaverdam reservoir, across the street, is a drinking water facility. I would hope Loudoun Water is able to have input on this land use. The lake is at its closest point to Belmont Ridge road at the waxpool intersection. Not only possible hazmat spills, but the trash that would blow into the lake is a concern since Sheetz is just as much a fast food business.

  3. John Johanson 2 years ago
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    Absolutely terrible idea! Unless Belmont Ridge Road is made 3-4 lanes it will be a nightmare and traffic hazard.

  4. Mark 2 years ago
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    It was inevitable that the property would be sold soon as the land is so valuable there, but why does a Sheetz have to go there. The county planners should realize that’s an awful thing to put next to an elementary school.

  5. leo 2 years ago
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    One has to wonder if the board of supervisors really thinks things through. Not only is this problematic for traffic, it’s in the middle of a rural neighborhood and next to a school. Seriously one of the dummer moves.

    • Jocelyn Pearson 1 year ago
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      The Board of Supervisors doesn’t seem to do anything right. I’ve been here 31 years. They have made a big mess. And, they are all so proud of themselves…..

  6. J. Thurman 2 years ago
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    Chris,
    I have nothing against Sheetz or gas stations in general, but has anyone considered the potential problem of storing thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel on the top of a ridge with our county water supply at Beaverdam Reservoir just 1000 feet or so straight down hill from the proposed site. I certainly hope that the people at Loudoun Water check this out.

  7. J. Thurman 2 years ago
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    Chris,
    I have nothing against Sheetz or gas stations in general, but has anyone considered the potential problem of storing thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel on the top of a ridge with our county water supply at Beaverdam Reservoir just 1000 feet or so straight down hill from the proposed site. I certainly hope that the people at Loudoun Water check this out.

  8. Tim 2 years ago
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    Seems like a bad idea to have a gas station across the street from the reservoir. The BOS and Loudoun water were so concerned about contamination a few years ago they closed it down prior to the damn work. Zoning needs to rethink this.

  9. Sean 2 years ago
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    How about a park?

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