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Thursday, June 19, 2014

New projects in the works for Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners



An illustration of the proposed Triple-A center.
Members of the Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation (BCRC) got a glimpse of the proposed Triple-A retail center June17. The center is slated for the stand-alone building in the shopping center at the corner of Route 50 and Wilson Boulevard in Seven Corners. The long-vacant building was most recently occupied by a Bennigan’s restaurant.

The Triple-A center would offer a combination of light auto services, such as oil changes and tire repairs, plus travel planning and travel-related merchandise like luggage and maps.

AAA Mid-Atlantic (part of the membership organization formerly known as the American Automobile Association) is requesting a zoning special exception to renovate the building and change its use. The proposal is expected to go to the Fairfax County Planning Commission Oct. 15 and  the Board of Supervisors Oct. 28.

The facility would likely have about 25 to 30 customers a day for auto services, says Sara Mariska, a land use attorney with Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh. Once it’s approved, it would take about nine months to complete the site plan and another six months for construction. The renovation would cost about $1.5 million.

Members of the BCRC note the facility will likely be affected by the plans for redeveloping Seven Corners, including possible improvements to the intersection at Wilson Boulevard Route 50, and Route 7.

Representatives of  Spectrum Development outlined for the BCRC their plans for a new shopping center on Leesburg Pike between Charles Street and Washington Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads. The 26,000-square foot center will have a CVS drugstore, Smashburger, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and three or four other tenants not yet determined.

Several residents of the Courtland Park neighborhood expressed concerns about the impact of the shopping center on traffic. The only access to the center will be from the side streets; there won’t be an entrance on Route 7. Residents said Washington Street is already backed up by people trying to turn onto Route 7, and too many people are using their neighborhood to cut through from Route 7 to Columbia Pike.

Instead of trying to make a difficult left turn from Washington to Route 7, Peter Batten of Spectrum suggested people could cut through the shopping center parking lot to Charles Street, where there’s a light at Route 7.

Batten also said there are discussions about the possibility of realigning Charles Street with Glen Forest Drive on the other side of Route 7.

“I’m pleased to see something new in the neighborhood,” said Frank Sellers of the BCRC, noting this is the first project to come forward since the Bailey’s Crossroads redevelopment plan was approved four years ago. It’s worrisome, however, that the shops might not be able to make enough money to stay in business, he said. “It sure would be terrible for the community if you fail.”

Batten noted that market research has shown that there is a need for these businesses. The CVS is actually moving from another location, near the Skyline Center.

6 comments:

  1. "Instead of trying to make a difficult left turn from Washington to Route 7, Peter Batten of Spectrum suggested people could cut through the shopping center parking lot to Charles Street, where there’s a light at Route 7."

    This is a hoot! Who wants to bet that the landlord will ask FCPD to start ticketing people for cutting through the parking lot the same way they do at the BofA/Public Storage parking lot at Sleepy Hollow Rd and Seven Corners. Developers will say anything to get a project approved. The reality will likely be very different.

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    1. OMG that is hilarious. I got a $150 ticket for cutting through the bank parking lot. To suggest that cutting through a parking lot is like suggesting people turn right on red when there's a NO TURN ON RED sign. It. Is. A. Traffic. Violoation. And. You. Will. Be. Ticketed. If. Caught.

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  2. It’s worrisome, however, that the shops might not be able to make enough money to stay in business, he said. “It sure would be terrible for the community if you fail.”

    That's the SPIRIT!!

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    1. Don't worry you won't see a Pottery Barn or Container Store around here. But you will see dollar stores and next day loans.

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  3. We don't need another place to service our cars. Can we please get a bagel shop? Or a decent sandwich place? There are no good places in the Seven Corners area to grab a quick lunch. Look how busy Dog Fish and Chipolte are! There are customers here... and we are hungry!

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  4. The Bailey's/Seven Corner's corridor could and should be a great robust area full of shops, dining, even bagel places... like Clarendon or the Mosaic District. Why isn't it?

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