|A unit in the e-loft building in Alexandria furnished as an office.|
For far, four tenants have signed leases and plan to move in in November. The former office building, at 4501 Ford Avenue, has 200 units on 14 floors. It had been vacant for six years since the only tenant, the U.S. Department of the Army, moved to the Mark Center.
|The office unit has work spaces for five employees.|
The Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC) endorsed the project Oct. 17. There will be public hearing on it before the Fairfax County Planning Commission on Nov. 17. The Board of Supervisors hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.
|The lobby has spaces for business meetings or social gatherings.|
|A unit at the Alexandria e-loft building furnished as a residence.|
|A home in an e-loft unit.|
|The bedroom in a residential e-loft space.|
That property already has a large parking garage, so the existing surface parking lot would be turned into park with sculptured mounds and a environmentally sustainable “geo-walk” with plantings and benches. There would be a bike trail and bus shelter on Columbia Pike.
|The outdoor area at the Alexandria e-lofts building.|
Novus is proposing having just one access point on Carlin Springs Road, rather than the four that are there now.
When the e-loft concept was proposed for Alexandria, city officials were helpful, as they wanted to lure technology start-ups, Adams said. The site plan process only took one month in Alexandria, but could take as long as nine months in Fairfax County.
|The e-loft building on Ford Avenue in Alexandria.|
If the project is delayed by red tape, Novus Residences will drop it, said CEO Robert Seldin. A long delay means “it will become so difficult and so expensive it’s not worth it,” he told the BC7RC.
|The pet salon.|
The e-loft project in Alexandria is still undergoing some finishing touches, said Melanie Domres, Novus executive vice president, during a tour of the building. Of the four units already leased, two will be used for living, one will be an office, and one will be a combined living/working space.
|Places to work or hang out in the lobby.|
The building’s ground floor has a fitness center, several large rooms that could be used for anything from a business meeting to a baby shower, a kitchen, booths for one-on-one-meetings, and other areas for working and socializing.
One floor down from the lobby there are a couple of sound-proof rooms for music practicing and a pet washing room with two large sinks. In the building’s “backyard” there are plenty of seating areas, including hammocks and lounges for sunbathing.
|5600 Columbia Pike.|