|The Bailey's Gateway project would replace this vacant office building.|
A proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment to allow a 433-unit apartment complex at 5600 Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads got the green light from the Fairfax County Planning Commission Feb. 4.
The proposal calls for a 10-story vacant office building on the 3.8-acre parcel, located at the intersection of Carlin Springs Road, to be torn down. A five-level parking deck would be retained
While the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation endorsed the project, the Mason District Land Use Committee did not – citing the impact on traffic and already-overcrowded schools.
At the Planning Commission hearing, Commissioner Julie Strandlie (Mason) said the impact on schools will be addressed during the rezoning phase, which will take place following the Board of Supervisors approval of the plan amendment. The BoS public hearing is scheduled for March 3.
Adams told the Planning Commission high-rise apartments generate fewer school-age children than any other type of housing and that a comparable project built by Foulger-Pratt in Silver Spring, Md., only has .054 students per unit. Seventy percent of the units in the building at 5600 Columbia Pike would be efficiencies and one-bedrooms.
The proposal calls for pedestrian amenities, including a plaza that would serve the community and a walkway to Spring Lane Park. If the approval processes go smoothly, Adams said people could begin moving in in three years.
Only one local resident spoke at the Planning Commission hearing. Laura Koschny, who’s lived on Robinwood Lane since 1960, lamented the creeping urbanization of “the beautiful residential neighborhood I love.” She expressed concerns about residents of the new building parking on neighborhood streets and wondered why there hadn’t been a plan to renovate the existing office building.