|The proposed facade of the Agape Center, facing Lincolnia Road.|
The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for July 18 on Agape's application for a special exception to build the facility on land zoned for residential purposes (R-2). People interested in speaking at the hearing can sign up online.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the proposal July 30. If all the approval processes go smoothly, construction could start this year, and the Agape Day Health Care Center could open in fall 2014, said Peter Rigby of Pacuilli, Simmons & Associates, who represents the applicant.
|The site of the former Leary School.|
The site, just under three acres, consists of two adjoining parcels, 6349 and 6459 Lincolnia Road in the Twin Knolls subdivision. The center would serve 150 clients. It would operate Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants would be transported to the center by shuttle bus or van. Virginia law requires one employee per six participants, so it would need at least 25 employees.
The main floor of the building would have a large multipurpose space surrounded by activity rooms. Access would be on Lincolnia Road. There would be 39 parking spaces.
There are two vacant buildings on the site. The proposal calls for the larger one, constructed as a farmhouse in 1915 with several more recent additions, to be demolished to make way for the new, larger building. It is the former site of the private Leary School. A one-story house built in 1965 on what had once been a pony corral would be converted to an administrative office.
When the proposal was first considered by the MDLUC, Agape Health Management Inc. President Dong Chul Choi said the Lincolnia site would be preferable to the Agape Center’s current location in an industrial area at 5701A General Washington Drive in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
An April 23 report by staff of the Planning and Zoning Department recommended the application be denied. It cited inadequate use of outdoor space for the day care participants, inadequate stormwater management, failure to make optimum use of Turkeycock Run at the back of the property, failure to make the best use of heritage resources associated with the 1915 building, and other problems.
|The smaller building on the property.|
Rigby told the MDLUC that those issues have been addressed and that the staff now supports the project. A larger outdoor space for clients was added with benches and landscaping, traffic flow has been approved, and other changes have been made. Janet Hall, the Mason District representative on the Planning Commission said, “it’s a much improved application.”