|Annandale banners designed by students at Westwood College.|
Levine believes this effort could be a catalyst for future redevelopment.
According to Levine, the historical center of Annandale would be the natural place for a town center, so he chose the intersection of Little River Turnpike, chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1796; Columbia Pike, a turnpike approved by an Act of Congress in 1810; and Annandale Road.
The proposal calls for a visually defined circle at that intersection identified by a colored surface on the road, minor modifications to Tollhouse Park, more trees, additional benches, banners, and public art. The project is described in further detail in the July issue of Endeavor, the magazine published by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce.
No buildings would be demolished, but the facades of new buildings would be designed to reinforce the curve of the plaza. Traffic patterns wouldn’t be changed either, but the project calls for improved crosswalks and better coordinated traffic lights.
Levine presented the idea to students in the School of Design at Westwood College in Annandale, and they worked on the visual concept and marketing as a class project.
“This is just an idea. “We’re just trying to elicit reactions from people. We’re giving people something to think about,” Levine said.
|The proposed town plaza.|
In 2012, Levine proposed “Annandale Arbors,” an effort to spruce up the Annandale streetscape and make it more inviting for pedestrians.
“Now Annandale is just a place you go through,” Levine said. Creating a central plaza could better position the community for development while emphasizing Annandale’s historic context, he said.