|An illustration of the Columbia Crossroads development.|
That plan is similar to one proposed by AvalonBay that was withdrawn last year.
“The Columbia Crossroads development has been a long time coming, but a thoughtful, patient community process produced a proposal – new housing, transportation connections, and a future office building – that will be a vibrant addition to historic Bailey's Crossroads, an extraordinarily diverse area of Mason District and Fairfax County,” said Supervisor Penny Gross.
While the development plans are still conceptual, they call for a single, multifamily building at the corner of Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue. It would feature a “donut” design, wrapping itself around a parking garage and an open space courtyard in the center. About 43 of the units would be provided as “workforce housing,” meaning they would have below-market rate rents.
The plans also allow for a street-level retail or restaurant option, and the developer might want to include an independent or assisted living facility in the building.
Just south of the multifamily building, the overall development could include three townhouses with two-car garages and driveways. The approved plans offer an option to add three additional units to the multifamily structure instead of the townhouses.
The future multifamily building would be on the site of the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. Under a real estate deal the board approved in March, the county will exchange this land for an adjacent 1.49-acre property owned by the developers.
As a key part of the approval, the shelter will remain open until October 2019 when a new, larger, 52-bed shelter is expected to be completed nearby at 5914 Seminary Road. Construction of the new shelter, which will including transitional housing, is expected to start in spring 2018.
The rezoning also allows the county to use its property adjacent to the future multifamily structure to develop a 180,000-square-foot office building, which could include other uses, such as a child care center, independent living facility, medical office, restaurant, retail, bank, or public park.
The potential office building would be located on a site occupied by the Landmark building. The county bought this property last week from Landmark Atlantic for $6.3 million as the initial step of realigning Seminary Road envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan and to allow for development of the entire site in a more comprehensive, cost-effective manner.
With the Landmark parcel, the county’s holdings will total nearly 2.8 acres. The county will tear down the existing office building to leave an open site for sale or future development.
The overall development plans include building out a local street grid that will help spur future revitalization efforts in the area, especially from Center Lane to the southeast. The plans will create two new roads, including a future connection to Seminary Road.
Weissberg will build a new public road that will run parallel to Columbia Pike off of Moncure Avenue. This street will be south of the new residential building and will eventually be extended to intersect with a future road the county will build to connect to Seminary Road.
A new private road that runs north to south will also be constructed, helping to carve the developer’s and county’s properties into two distinct blocks.
Before Weissberg can move forward, it still must get approval on its final development plans which it expects to submit to the county in 2018 or 2019.