|An illustration of Markham Place facing Markham Street.|
Representatives of the Webb Cos. outlined their plans for Markham Place, a 12-story apartment building, at the Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) meeting March 25. The project would be built on Markham Street in Annandale on the property now occupied by the AMF Lanes bowling alley.
The project is a joint venture with Southern Management Corp., which manages The Parliaments. Both the Webb Cos. and Southern Management have longtime roots in Annandale and “want to continue to invest in the prosperity of this community,” said Bonnie Mattingly, senior vice president of the Webb Cos.
A letter from Mattingly to local community associations says AMF plans to close the bowling alley sometime in 2015.
The plans haven’t changed since the project was described at a meeting of the Annandale Commercial Business District Planning Committee (ACBDPC) in January. A rezoning proposal will go before the Fairfax County Planning Commission July 24 and the Board of Supervisors July 29.
The property had been rezoned for Planned Residential Mixed Use (PDC) about six years ago to accommodate a residential/office/retail mixed-use project, but that deal fell through. Now Webb is seeking a rezoning under the Planned Residential Mixed Use District (PRM) category, which allows for mostly residential uses with some retail.
The proposal calls for a 6,000-square foot family-style restaurant with outdoor seating on the ground floor facing Markham Street. The rest of the L-shaped building would consist of 310 one and two-bedroom apartment units and various amenities for the residents, such as fitness and meeting rooms.
|The lobby would be on the corner.|
The building would be close to Markham Street on what is now the bowling alley parking lot, creating a more walkable streetscape, said the architect, Faik Tugberk, of Architects Collaborative Inc. A semi-underground parking garage and a public park would be at the rear of the property, where the bowling alley is now. There would be a “plaza level” above the parking deck with a swimming pool and green space for residents.
At the MDLUC meeting, Greg McGillicuddy, chair of the ACBDPC, said he supports the proposed project “100 percent.” It will bring in more young professionals and spur more redevelopment in Annandale, he said.
The apartments will have market-rate rents, said attorney David Houston of the Falls Church office of Reed Smith LLP. Fairfax County requires 20 percent of the units to be affordable to working-class people. Webb is proposing to provide 30 percent workforce units, but have them located within The Parliaments instead of in the new building.
After the Board of Supervisors approves the project, it will take about six to nine months to complete the site plan, Houston said. He hopes construction could start at the end of 2015.