|A rendering of the Westlawn Center|
The old, run-down Westlawn Shopping Center on Annandale Road by Arlington Boulevard is gone, but the new retail center isn’t expected to be completely finished until sometime in 2014.
The site plan should be approved by Fairfax County within the next 60 to 90 days, says Shane Murphy, an attorney with Cooley LLP of Reston, which represents Bill Page Honda. Bill Page owns the site and is developing the retail project, as well as expanding the adjacent car dealership on Route 50.
The only former tenant that will reopen in the new Westlawn Shopping Center will be BB&T Bank, which will have a stand-alone building facing Annandale Road on the far left of the property. There will be a new access point in front of the bank.
A free-standing drug store with a drive-through pharmacy will be on the corner of Route 50 and Annandale Road. A tenant hasn’t been nailed down yet, but it is likely to be Walgreen’s, CVS, or Rite Aid. Bill Page is negotiating for tenants for the remaining 20,000 square feet of retail space but nothing has been finalized yet, Kanyan says.
The new Honda dealership will have a larger showroom, more service bays, and a parking deck. The agreement with Honda requires the dealership to remain open, so the old building won’t be torn down until a portion of the new building is up.
Bill Page does not plan to install a fence between the back of the shopping center and the Westlawn neighborhood, but Murphy says the trash and underbrush along Tripp’s Run back there will be cleaned up.
|The site plan|