|The entrance to Monticello Mews on Edsall Road, with the Isabella on the right.|
A 102-unit townhouse project is proposed for Edsall Road in Mason District next to the Isabella condominium and Jefferson Green townhouses.
The landowner, DRW Inc., has submitted a rezoning application to revise the proffers approved in 1981. The 10.7-acre property is zoned R-12. A Dec. 9 public hearing by the Planning Commission has been postponed, and a new date hasn’t been set.
Residents would have memberships in the Bren Mar Recreation Association on the other side of Edsall Road. Cox said the developer will try to retain an existing dog park, as requested by residents of the Isabella and Jefferson Green. All three communities would use, and jointly maintain, the existing access road from Edsall Road.
MDLUC member Stephen Smith, who is also the homeowners association president for the Overlook on the other side of Edsall Road, said the application doesn’t include enough parking. Two spaces per unit is inadequate, he said, because most people use their garage for storage and park in spaces designated for visitors. That means visitors have to park in residential neighborhoods far away.
Smith also raised concerns about traffic, the design of the townhomes, the lack of open space – and most important, the fact that the proffers do not call for any money for Fairfax County Public Schools. Bren Mar Park Elementary School is overcrowded and doesn’t even have a ball field because that space if full temporary classrooms. He estimates the new project would add about 48 school-age children.