|Water runoff from a shopping center under construction on Leesburg Pike toward Washington Drive during last week's rainstorm. [Irene Xenos]|
The retail center, which is being built by Spectrum Development, will have a CVS, a Sardi’s Peruvian chicken restaurant, Pita Pouch, Burger7 (B7), and a T-Mobile store. It is expected to open by the end of the year, although the CVS could open earlier.
|The Shops at Bailey's Crossroads will have a CVS, three restaurants, and a cell phone store.|
Bunyas and his neighbors feel county officials and the developer are slow to respond to their complaints. Bunyas even hired an attorney to address his concerns, but he believes he is being ignored because he is an immigrant. “We are Indian, so they don’t care. If we were American, it would be different,” he says.
|The Bunyas house is on the left. The shopping center parking lot is on the other side of the wall.|
Bunyas put up a temporary fence and a “no trespassing” sign to clearly mark his property line, because he says the wall is supposed to be 10 feet from his property line, while it’s closer than one foot in some places.
He also says a rod sticking out of the ground, which was supposed to be buried, injured his cat. Mimi is recovering after emergency veterinary treatment.
Carl Perdue, a senior engineering inspector with the Fairfax County Site Development and Inspections Division, said on July 30 that additional weep holes will be cut into the wall next to Bunyas’ property. That can’t be done until the ground is graded and stabilized, he says.
|Abdul Bunyas is putting up a temporary fence on his property line.|
To do that, Perdue says, the builder needs to get a wheelbarrow into Bunyas’ side yard but the temporary fence is blocking the contractor’s access. After the drainage issue is addressed, Spectrum is supposed to install new grass and landscaping outside the wall.
Perdue acknowledges the width of the buffer between the wall and the two houses closest to the shopping center property ranges from two to seven feet, but says, “surveyors went with what’s on the approved development plans. There could be a difference between the proposed plan versus what was actually approved.”
Bunyas says he was pushed to sign an easement before the wall was built but refused to sign it, and the wall was built anyway. “They keep damaging my property without asking me,” he says. According to Perdue, the easement allows the developer to landscape and maintain the property between the wall and Bunyas’ backyard.
|Most of the exterior work on the shopping center has been done.|
There is a stormwater facility under the shopping center parking lot, but it won’t be fully operational until the project is completed, Perdue says. It should control runoff and prevent flooding “unless there’s a 100-year storm.”