|The house (on the left) could be torn down to make room for a bigger parking lot for Yechon (right)|
The owner of Yechon, the Korean barbecue/sushi restaurant at 4121 Hummer Road, Annandale, is seeking a zoning special exception for a parking lot expansion. The request is expected to come before the Fairfax County Planning Commission in July.
The popular restaurant, open 24 hours a day, attracts customers from all over the region. The parking lot, with space for 69 cars, is often full. The owner, Daniel Shin, wants to increase the parking capacity to at least 100 by tearing down the small house next door, which he also owns, and paving that lot.
Shin has found that house, at 4119 Hummer, difficult to sell or rent because it was the scene of a murder, says Ajay Sharma of Dominion Engineers, who has been hired to design the parking lot expansion.
The former occupant, Chung A. Auh, who had operated a holistic healing business there, was killed in July 2009 during a robbery. Danny Kim was convicted of capital murder in March 2011 and sentenced to life without parole.
According to Sharma, the parking lot project includes a new entrance on Hummer, a five-foot-wide brick sidewalk along Hummer, a small brick “island” with a tree surrounded by a circular bench, additional trees, and two small rain gardens. The brick wall separating the existing parking lot from the lot next door would be torn down.
Residents of the Adams Walk townhouse community across the street from Yechon have general concerns about traffic congestion on Hummer Road, says David Barber, treasurer of the homeowners association. “We don’t like to see the loss of a house, but we like the buffer zone and improvements along Hummer,” he says.