Hank Silverberg, wtop.com
DULLES, Va. -- Ground has been broken on a major development in Loudoun County that could change the face of the Dulles area and boost the trend toward developers paying for roads.
The Kincora project could take a decade to build. It includes 4 million square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of retail space, 570 hotel rooms, a baseball stadium and a community arts center.
Kincora Inc. also is building $70 million worth of roads, widening Pacific Boulevard and extending Nokes Road all the way to the Loudoun County Parkway. Developer Dan Coughlan says the idea is to keep traffic off of already congested Route 28.
"These roads will help get people to and through (Route) 28, get off of (route) 7, get off 28 and get them down towards the Metro," he says.
The 400-acre site is about three miles from what will eventually be the terminus of the Silver Line extension of Metrorail.
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York says the developer has also agreed to establish bus service to the Metro station once it's there.
The 5,500-seat baseball stadium will house the newly formed Loudoun Hounds, an Atlantic League baseball team. Coughlan says it also can seat about 10,000 people for events like concerts.
York says much of the opposition to the project went away after Kincora agreed to build the roads, which will be turned over to the state once they are complete.
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