|The site of the Columbia Crossroads project, with the Landmark building in the background.|
The project calls for a five-story, 378-unit apartment building on the corner of Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue, possibly with some retail on the ground floor.
A Planning Commission hearing on a rezoning application is scheduled for July 13. The Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) endorsed the project on June 27.
Once the rezoning is approved, the Weissberg Corp. and Fairfax County will complete a land exchange and property consolidation involving an adjacent site occupied by the Landmark office building at 5827 Columbia Pike. That should happen this fall, John McBride, an attorney with Odin Feldman Pittleman, representing Columbia Crossroads LP, told the MDLUC.
The Landmark office building, the now-closed Safari restaurant, and an auto shop are expected to be demolished in winter 2018, McBride said.
That site will then be fixed up as temporary, green space for community use and seasonal events, such a farmers’ market or Christmas tree sales, as an interim measure until construction can start.
When the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter on Moncure Avenue is relocated to its new space, which will be built at 5818 Seminary Road, the old shelter building will be torn down, as would a Dominion Power field office nearby.
The new shelter is expected to open in October 2019. The Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning special exception for the shelter on June 29. The Board of Supervisors will consider it on July 11.
At that point, construction could start on the new residential building. By then Weissberg will have secured a developer. There would also be three townhouses at the rear of the property.
The county-owned property on the site of the Landmark Building would be developed later. Tentative plans call for a new building housing health and human service offices currently located in leased space in the Heritage building on Little River Turnpike in Annandale. If that doesn’t happen, the county could sell the property.
The HOA board for the Ellery Place townhouses, the residential community closest to the new development, is supportive of the plan, McBride said, but urged the developer not to seek a waiver of parking space requirements. Each of the new buildings would have parking decks; the parking structure for the apartments would be in the interior of the building.
The project also calls for adding a third lane on that part of Columbia Pike, improving the Moncure intersection, and adding a new traffic signal – if approved by VDOT. If that happens, the upgraded sidewalks at that spot will have to be redone.