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Thursday, June 25, 2015

New houses planned for Gallows Road



This building on Gallows Road is slated to be torn down.

Two old houses on Gallows Road between Woodburn Elementary School and Holmes Run Acres Recreation Association will be torn down and replaced with three new houses.

It’s a by-right project, which means the property doesn’t need to be rezoned. The current zoning designation is R-3.


The sign announces "Woodburn Estate."
The developer is Millennium Investment & Development Group LLC based in Centreville. Smith Engineering is doing the site preparation.

The existing houses include a cape cod at 3445 Gallows Road built in 1949 and a flat-roofed one-story duplex at 3441 Gallows built in 1951. Millenium purchased both properties from James Chaconas in September 2013 for $815,000.

This house will be replaced, too.
Neither lot is connected to a sewer system, so the new houses would be on septic tanks, says Mike Wing, the land use specialist in Providence Supervisor Linda Smyth’s office. The lot boundaries will need to be reconfigured and the new houses will need to be accessible from Gallows Road.

Millennium is seeking a waiver of some required frontage improvements, including an eight-foot wide paved path. Construction could start by the end of the year.

16 comments:

  1. Why ANYONE wants to live on that stretch of Gallows Road, I will never know. Traffic galore, and when there is not traffic, cars are whizzing dangerously fast by all the houses situated there. I feel terribly for anyone whose driveway backs out to Gallows between Columbia Pike and 50.

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  2. I have lived on Gallows Road in the stretch you speak of for 15 years. It is not nearly as bad as you make it sound. I never have to sit in line behind other people to get on the road, and can typically be out of my driveway in less than a minute. I can be to almost anywhere in the DC Metro area in less than 30 minutes, and have made it to the Hospital in an emergency situation in less than 4 minutes. I have never been in an accident on this stretch, and all the neighbors are wonderful!!!!! In short, don't knock it till you try it.

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    1. Well, to each his own. As someone who drives that stretch every single day, I think the location is great, but I don't want a super highway in front of my house.

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    2. Good idea, wrong location6/27/15, 5:57 PM

      Wait till the assisting living place is in operation, too. Ambulances and fire trucks running up and down Gallows all day and night .... then add medical emergencies at Brightview Senior Living. Flashing pedestrian crossing, school crossing, bus stops, no left turn lanes, no traffic signals .... yeah, it's a great place to live (NOT).

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  3. Off topic but on the top picture, what is that tree on the left side of the house. I love those blooms.

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    1. That's a mimosa tree. Yes they are pretty but they are extremely invasive so please don't plant them unless your whole neighborhood is on board!

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    2. Thanks. Will not plant them, just very pretty when they are in bloom.

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  4. Jim McGlone, Virginia Department of Forestry6/25/15, 3:06 PM

    The tree with the lovely blooms is the invasive mimosa (Albizia julibrissin).

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  5. By the time I drove by at ~ 12:15pm today, both houses had been reduced to rubble.

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  6. I had heard they are going to put in 5 houses. So, it's really 3? And, as a Holmes Run Pool member (which is next door), I sure hope those septic fields don't negatively impact us.

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    1. I had the same thought, why not hook it up to public sewer?

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    2. Good idea, wrong location6/27/15, 5:52 PM

      Those houses have been on septic since the wee '50's. So if you think the septic fields are negative, you've been swimming in it all these years!

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  7. Is there a plan to save trees or Another scorched earth plan identical to the houses now being built across GR

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  8. I always thought that the "flat-roofed one-story duplex" was some sort of utility facility and marveled at how out-of-place it is/was. Even though it struck me as such an eyesore, I'll kind of miss its unique and (until now) mysterious nature...especially if it's replaced with one or more McMansions.

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    1. When that house was still white, before they painted it tan some years ago, in the spring with the azaleas and dogwoods in bloom, it actually looked good. For 3 weeks a year!

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  9. I actually grew up in the cap cod from 1969-1984. It was such a great place to grow up, with the house in between the pool and the elementary school.
    I do hope they can save some of the trees they have been there such a long time.
    It is very sad to see the house now gone, such great memories!!!

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