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Monday, June 19, 2017

Planning Commission endorses townhouse proposal for Seven Corners

This underutilized building would be replaced with townhouses.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended approval of a comprehensive plan amendment to allow the development of up to 12 housing units per acre on a property currently occupied by a medical office building at 6060 Arlington Blvd. in Seven Corners.

The medical building is mostly vacant, with limited prospects of attracting new tenants, so the owner wants to develop 39 townhouses on the 3.7-acre site.

At the Planning Commission hearing, June 15, three residents who live in adjacent townhouses raised concerns about water run-off, the loss of mature trees on the property, and traffic backups along the service road alongside Arlington Boulevard. According to residents, it’s difficult to get out of their neighborhood due to lines of cars trying to get to Target. Similar issues were aired at a Mason District Land Use Committee meeting in April.

The owner’s attorney, Elizabeth Baker, of Walsh Colucci, told the Planning Commission a new storm water detention facility would be installed to control runoff and the owner will consider creative ways of addressing residents’ other concerns.

A member of the county planning staff suggested the project include screening and buffering between the new houses and the Target parking lot.

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on the plan amendment for July 24, 4 p.m. The next step would be an application to rezone the property from office use to multifamily residential.

2 comments:

  1. That shopping center, mainly Target is going to lose business. It's already a pain getting in and out of their parking lot.

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  2. I used to go to the doctors offices back there. I can understand the need for better traffic management, and it really doesn't seem like those concerns were adequately addressed. But I don't necessarily disagree with the idea of townhomes going into that area. It is bordered by townhouse communities. It just seems as though there could have been some dev conditions to improve the traffic situation so that the increased volume doesn't make a bad situation worse.

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