Before the county purchased 45 acres of its 112-acre parcel in August, 2011, the National Conference Center was assessed at $22.5 million for the entire parcel. The County had asked for an appraisal by Thorne Consultants which placed the value of 41.5 acres at $12,650,000 on March 18, 2011, and added another $6,450,000 in “damages” to replace 723 surface parking spaces for a total of $19,100,000. The county signed a contract in August 2011 to pay $20 million for 45 acres of land of which half is not buildable after announcing at a June public meeting that it would be the site of a new high school.
On Nov. 16, 2011, Dr. Sam Adamo, Director of Planning and Legislative Services for Loudoun Public Schools, announced the school site had been moved from the NCC property to the 15-acre proffered land occupied by Lansdowne Sports Park, where the school would be constructed on abou 35 acres combining the Sports Park and acreage belonging to Belmont Ridge Middle School.
The Sports Park, with its three public fields, bathrooms, tot lot, two picnic pavillions, and three parking bays, would be destroyed to make way for the high school.
In September 2012, the county sold a 75-acre building parcel near Waxpool Road, the former “ISA” tract,” for $20 million. Here is the appraisal: