|These are the office buildings on Little River Turnpike that could be redeveloped, although the addresses on maps don't match the addresses in the plan amendment nomination. [File photo]|
Nicholas LRT LLC, the company that owns a six-story office building at 4112 Woodland Road, a nine-story office building at 4114 Woodland Road, and several adjacent properties, wants to create a mixed-use development.
According to the developer’s attorney, David Gill, each office building is about half vacant. Nicholas LRT would like to consolidate all the office tenants into one of the buildings and convert the other to residential uses and possibly add ground-floor retail.
“This is a very preliminary discussion,” Gill says, and Nicholas “is open to any ideas based on conversations with the community.”
If the project goes forward, “it will be four or five years before anything happens,” he says.
The nomination suggests adding a parking garage with residential or retail uses on top in an adjacent section of the 10-acre property, and Gill says, townhouses and/or open space could be part of the mix.
In addition to the office towers, the site includes ground-level parking, three parcels owned by Nicholas, and two houses on Woodland Road owned by other people who have agreed to sell.
The nomination does not include the areas occupied by the 7-Eleven and adjoining stores, Yechon, and Breeze Bakery on Hummer Road or Chicken Loco, Liberty service center/car wash, and McDonald’s on Little River Turnpike.
The next step calls for Mason Supervisor Penny Gross to either direct the Mason District Land Use Committee or appoint another community group to weigh in on the proposal in March or April. The Planning Commission would then determine if the nomination should be pursued. If the Planning Commission agrees, there would be a study by the planning staff, which would take six to eight months.
The statement of justification submitted by Nicholas to the county says: “Since the adoption of the Annandale CBC [Community Business Center], this development would be the first meaningful redevelopment under the Annandale CBC and will anchor this key gateway location for decades to come.”
Part of the site is within the CBC, and the nomination requests that the parcels with the single-family houses, which are zoned residential, be added to the CBC.
“Many of the homes have been renovated in this area to become de facto ‘hotels’ through sites like Vrbo and Airbnb,” the statement of justification notes. “Our proposed nomination gives the tools to create an appropriate transition to the single-family neighborhoods while introducing a street grid to support non-auto-oriented movement.”