|This underutilized building would be replaced with townhouses.|
The medical building is mostly vacant, with limited prospects of attracting new tenants, so the owner wants to develop 39 townhouses on the 3.7-acre site.
At the Planning Commission hearing, June 15, three residents who live in adjacent townhouses raised concerns about water run-off, the loss of mature trees on the property, and traffic backups along the service road alongside Arlington Boulevard. According to residents, it’s difficult to get out of their neighborhood due to lines of cars trying to get to Target. Similar issues were aired at a Mason District Land Use Committee meeting in April.
The owner’s attorney, Elizabeth Baker, of Walsh Colucci, told the Planning Commission a new storm water detention facility would be installed to control runoff and the owner will consider creative ways of addressing residents’ other concerns.
A member of the county planning staff suggested the project include screening and buffering between the new houses and the Target parking lot.
The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on the plan amendment for July 24, 4 p.m. The next step would be an application to rezone the property from office use to multifamily residential.