|5600 Columbia Pike.|
The Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) voted Jan. 27 to oppose a multifamily development at 5600 Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads. The committee’s role is advisory, so the vote means the MDLUC recommends the Fairfax County Planning Commission reject an amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan to facilitate the project.
The 3.8-acre site, at the northwest corner of Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road, is currently occupied by a vacant office building.
The proposed Bailey’s Gateway project would have about 450 units – 70 percent of them would be one-bedroom and efficiency units; the rest would have two bedrooms. The plan amendment would allow retail on the ground floor, although the developer, Foulger-Pratt, is not planning to include retail.
In urging his colleagues to oppose the plan amendment, MDLUC member Stephen Smith said, “the schools are overcrowded, and the traffic sucks.” The property is in the attendance area of Glen Forest Elementary School, which is significantly overcapacity.
The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the plan amendment for Feb. 4 at 8:15 p.m. A Board of Supervisors hearing is set for March 3. The planning staff recommends approval, and the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation endorsed the development in December.