|The architectural concept for the Brightview facility.|
Four single-family houses would be razed. The Brightview assisted living facility would have 95 rental apartment units, including 26 reserved for people with memory impairments. Elsewhere in the proposal, the project is described as a 104-bed facility.
The three-story building would have a mid-century modern design inspired by the houses in the Holmes Run Acres neighborhood on the other side of Gallows Road. Architectural elements include a gently-pitched roof, large windows, and earth-tone siding comprised of a variety of masonry and other natural materials.
|The building would be between Gallows Road and Aston Street.|
The main entrance will be on Gallows Road. The need for right or left turning lanes from Gallows Road will be addressed by VDOT during review of the site plan. The Shelter Group has agreed to reserve 12 feet along Gallows Road to allow for the eventual widening of the road to include a shoulder and bicycle lane.
The Planning Commission’s approval was contingent on the Shelter Group modifying its plans to address several issues raised by the Planning Department staff regarding such issues transitional screening, plantings, the location of the loading dock, and the preservation of specimen trees. A large oak, though, would be removed.
The proposal’s plan for stormwater management calls for an extended detention dry pond near Aston Street. The pond would outfall to an existing concrete roadside ditch on Aston Street that flows into an unnamed tributary to Accotink Creek.
The Fairfax County Health Care Advisory Board (HCAB), which had also endorsed the project, said staff training is crucial in ensuring that medications for patients are properly administered and stored.
A report from the HCAB noted that market research by the Shelter Group identified a significant need for assisted living facilities in the area due to an aging population. The facility will be targeted to people who live within a five-mile radius of the property and their aging relatives.