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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Land use committee defers action on Route 7 shopping center

An illustration of the proposed shopping center on Leesburg Pike.

The Mason District Land Use Committee deferred a decision on the shopping center proposed by Spectrum Development for Leesburg Pike between Washington Drive and Charles Street.

“The Spectrum case is mildly controversial, not so much for the project itself, but because of issues related to existing traffic concerns on Washington Drive,” said MDLUC Chair Daniel Aminoff.

Spectrum failed to provide county staff with an engineering report on how they plan to connect Charles Street to Glen Forrest, as required in the current plan,” Aminoff said. “As such, the county could not provide draft comprehensive plan language for us to review.” Spectrum will report back to the MDLUC on July 22.

Also at the meeting, the MDLUC agreed to recommend the Planning Commission approve a modification at the Skyline 7 office building on Leesburg Pike to provide space for three restaurants with outdoor seating. Hearings are scheduled on that project July 24 before the Planning Commission and June 29 before the Board of Supervisors.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to move into Skyline 7 from Ballston in July.

The MDLUC endorsed a plan for a congregate living facility in a single-family house in Annandale and heard a presentation on the proposed Triple-A auto store in Seven Corners but didn’t vote on it.

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force will present its redevelopment proposal to the MDLUC on July 22.

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