|Some of the houses that would be demolished|
A 95-unit assisted living facility is planned for Gallows Road in Annandale near Aston Street and across from the Holmes Run pool.
The project would be developed by Brightview Senior Living, a division of the Baltimore-based Shelter Group. Brightview operates 24 assisted living communities in nine states.
The company is planning to purchase about 6.5 acres from two property owners, says Andrew Teeters, senior development director at Brightview. There would be one three-story building, facing Gallows Road, with 72 assisted living apartments and 23 units for Alzheimer’s patients. There would be 60 parking spaces.
The land is zoned R-2 (two houses per acre), and the company would need to get a special exception for a medical facility. The land would not need to be rezoned, says Aaron Frank, the land use specialist in the office of Mason Supervisor Penny Gross. “At this point, it’s still very conceptual,” he says.
Brightview hasn’t filed any formal applications to Fairfax County, but has begun negotiations to purchase property owned by the Chaconas and Scheider families, who each own three rental houses.
Teeters says he has met with local residents in several neighboring communities, including Holmes Run Village, Gallows Estates, and the Raintree condos and was planning to meet with Holmes Run Acres, the large development on the other side of Gallows, this evening. The six houses that would be torn down aren’t part of any civic association, he says.
“It’s early” to gauge the community’s view on the project, Teeters says. “So far people recognize the need for it. There is a growing aging population in Annandale.” That demographic trend is also sparking interest in the “aging-in-place” concept.
I think we can safely assume many Annandale residents will not be happy about the prospect of another high-density housing project and its impact on traffic, especially as Gallows Road will be one of the few entry points to the beltway toll lanes.The Brightview residents won’t be likely to be healthy enough to drive, but there will be employees and visitors.