|An illustration of the Shops at Bailey's Crossroads, as seen from Leesburg Pike.|
Spectrum Development agreed to make some changes in response to concerns of neighborhood residents and Fairfax County planning staff. A right turn lane would be added along Charles Street along Leesburg Pike. There would be additional landscaping and a pedestrian path within the right of way at that intersection. And architectural revisions have been made to the CVS, including a greater variety of color and materials and faux windows and awnings on the façade.
Despite those changes, Brent Krasner of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, said the staff has not been able to reverse its recommendation for denial of the project because it still includes a drive-through at the CVS in a highly visible location and the entrances to the shops still face the interior of the development, rather than Leesburg Pike.
The developer also agreed to additional proffers, including truck deliveries restricted to non-peak hours, and agreed to provide funding for additional landscaping, a fence, and a driveway turn-around on the property of the Xenox family. Irene Xenos and other members of her family had fought against the development on behalf of her 93-year-old grandmother, who lives on Washington Drive directly across from the proposed entrance to the proposed shopping center.
Planning Commissioner Julie Strandlie (Mason) had opposed the proposal when she served on the Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) and now recommends approval, due to the changes in the application and the need to redevelop the area.
The MDLUC voted against the proposal in December. Strandlie read an email at the Feb. 12 session from MDLUC chairman Dan Aminoff stating that he reversed his position on the project because “the opportunity for development outweighs keeping the status quo.”
The 2.7-acre site currently includes a now-closed Geico claims center, two single-family houses, and a weedy lot that has been vacant since 2007.