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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Seven Corners residents seek new hearing on redevelopment options

An ad-hoc community working group that has called for redevelopment of Seven Corners with less density than the proposal under consideration by the Fairfax County Planning Commission has asked the commission to delay a vote on the plan.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on a Seven Corners amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan on May 7. That amendment is based on the recommendations of the Seven Corners Task Force and a working group on the Sears site (Area C). The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the amendment July 8.

The community working group plans to submit alternative recommendations for redeveloping Seven Corners on June 22.  

The group sent an email to Julie Strandlie, the commissioner representing Mason District, asking her to “move to re-open the Planning Commission’s public hearing on the Seven Corners redevelopment plan to receive citizen comment on the ad-hoc community working group’s recommendations.”

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross had asked the ad-hoc group “to review and make additional recommendations regarding the redevelopment plan,” the email states. “Specifically, Supervisor Gross asked the group to consider options to reduce the overall density of development in Areas A and B. Those areas consist of the Seven Corners Shopping Center and the area between Route 50 and Wilson Boulevard occupied by the Willston Center, Willston shopping centers, and aging garden apartments.

“The group has met with county staff and is preparing a set of recommendations that will address density, mixed use, affordable housing, and schools,” the email continues. Before the Planning Commission votes on a redevelopment plan, “it is important and appropriate that you and your colleagues hear public comment on all of the options.”

The letter was signed by Clyde A. Miller, president of the Holmes Run Valley Citizens Association (HRVCA) and chair of the ad-hoc community working group; Michael Cook, HRVCA vice president; John Iekel, president of the Ravenwood Park Citizens Association (RPCA); Martin Machowsky RPCA vice president; Del. Kaye Kory; Kim O. Cook, executive director of the Vietnamese Resettlement Association; Caroline Morel, president of the Sleepy Hollow Manor Citizens Association; Catriona McCormack, president of the Ravenwood Citizens’ Association; Debbie Smith, chair of the Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC); Jon Clark, member of the board of the Annandale Acres Civic Association and MDC treasurer and code compliance chair; MDC board member Carol Turner of Ravenwood Park; Debbie Ratliff, co-chair of the Education Committee of Sleepy Hollow Manor; Lake Barcroft residents Liz Rawlings, Steve Chalupsky, and Tina Trapnell; Rita Baban; and Mark C.Hayes.


  1. A reasonable request. The current draft plan for Seven Corners was developed at a time when building apartments was very much in vogue. But the market has changed; too many rental units have been developed or are in the pipeline.

  2. If the market is changing to condos, developers can respond - but that is happening only to a limited extent. Despite the improved supply of new rental units, rents have only declined a very small amount - it appears construction of new ones is still profitable. Of course this plans is supposed to cover 40 years, not just next year's market.