Economic development is a key component of the Chamber’s effort to bring more businesses and jobs to our area. With Richmond Highway and central Springfield designated as revitalization areas, the Chamber works with Fairfax County to encourage public / private partnerships and financial incentives that will positively impact our region such as opportunity zones, revitalization zones, tourism zones, and military manufacturing zones.
Lee District Projects
Brightview Senior Living Center
Brightview Development is partnering with the Virginia Hills Baptist Church to propose re-development of the site to include a new church, child care facilities, and a continuing care facility. This would consist of 170 independent living units for seniors, a small number of assisted living units and memory care.
Costco Gas Pumps
Costco has applied for a special exception to install gas pumps at the Richmond Highway location. The twelve gas pumps would go in the back corner of the store’s parking lot next to Ladson Lane.
Kingstowne Towne Center
Halle Cos. has been approved to develop the 4.66-acre lot across from the Regal Kingstowne movie theater to replace 1.2 million square feet of previously entitled office, slated for the site with 714,600 square feet of residential development, or 646 units, across only two buildings. The proposed amount of retail is 9,900 square feet. Halle also committed to upgrading an adjacent 0.8-acre pedestrian plaza with seating areas, moveable tables and chairs for outdoor dining, a seasonal ice rink and seasonal water feature, a skate rental kiosk, a pergola, and street trees.
Monument Realty plans to redevelop 13 acres at the intersection of Beulah Road and Manchester Lakes Blvd to build a mixed-use development with office and residential and limited retail space. Approved are five buildings with 879,000 square feet of development. The D.C.-based Monument has filed an application with Fairfax County to replace one planned office building at Liberty View, with a roughly 300-unit multifamily building and 12,675 square feet of retail, plus a parking garage.
Lidl Grocery Store
At the corner of Commerce Street and Brandon Avenue in Springfield, a Lidl grocery store is under construction. This full-service grocery store will further revitalize the downtown Springfield area. Planned opening is late 2019.
Oakwood Road Senior Housing
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing proposes to build an affordable housing multi-family development for seniors on Van Dorn Street near the Beltway. The project will have 150 units and open space.
South Alex will include 400 apartments and 44,000 square feet of ground-level retail space near the intersection of Kings Highway and Richmond Highway. Aldi has signed on to be the anchor grocery store for the development. South Alex also includes 41 townhouses, which are already under construction in the rear of the property. Those townhouses — known as the Towns at South Alex — are being built by Craftmark Homes and are selling from the mid-$700,000 range.
The Board of Supervisors has approved the application by Alwadi LLC to consolidate 8214 and 8218 Richmond Highway and build a shopping center with restaurants, office, and retail space.
Springfield Commuter Parking Garage
The Board of Supervisors approved design plans for the new SpringfieldCommunity Business Center commuter parking garage in July of 2017. The garage will be located on Old Keene Mill Road near Springfield Boulevard and will offer 1,100 vehicular parking spaces across six levels. The ground-floor level is designed to accommodate special events like farmer’s markets during off-peak hours and a 5,000 square foot portion of the upper deck has been reserved for a plaza space that can be used for community events. The design calls for a 200-foot-long pedestrian bridge over Old Keene Mill Road to connect the garage to Springfield Plaza and nearby bus stops. Construction will begin in the fall of 2019 with completion by early 2022.
7812 Cinder Bed Road
Owner is requesting permission to build a small office building and covered outdoor storage to complement the uncovered storage available on the site.
Mount Vernon District Projects
Huntington Club Redevelopment
The 19.5-acre site adjacent to the Huntington Metro could be one of the largest projects in Northern Virginia, including townhouses, mid-rise condos, and apartments. The Board of Supervisors voted in January 2018 to approve a comprehensive plan amendment of roughly 533 multifamily units, 1,013 condominiums and 67 townhomes, nearly 450,000 square feet of office, 18,000 square feet of retail and 120,000 square feet of hotel. The plan suggests 200-foot building heights adjacent to the Metro station, tapering to the south and west to 55 feet nearest residential neighbors. IDI anticipated starting construction in fall 2019 and ending in 2030.
Wesley Housing Development Corp. in partnership with Fairfax County will build 219 affordable housing multi-family rental units, 60 affordable housing units for seniors, 175 market rate townhomes and a 12 acre park.
Novus Property Holdings
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Novus Kings Crossing, a 350-unit multifamily development, for the intersection of Fairview Drive and Richmond Highway in 2018. A change in ownership is delaying the project with permitting and construction not planned to start until late 2019 at the soonest.
Washington Real Estate Investment Fund plans to build five new residential buildings at the Riverside Apartments complex in Huntington with 767 new residential units. The redevelopment will also include new structured parking, a 12 acre park, trails along Cameron Run, and new amenities for residents.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation which owns Woodlawn Plantation has applied for a Special Exception that would allow for the addition of other attractions and amenities to the site.The Woodlawn Plantation has been re-imagined as a multi-use destination that would include a farm-to-table restaurant and cafe, expanded educational programs, a year-round farm stand, an event venue, and interpretive trails that will extend to Frank Loyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House.
7-Eleven with Gas Pumps
Fairfax County has approved the application to build a new 7-Eleven with gas pumps at 8526 Richmond Highway (Lukens Lane). The current store will be demolished and the new store and the pumps built. The new 7-Eleven would be approximately 4,000 square feet, while the attached retail space would be 2,400 square feet. The new 7-Eleven would be a prototype store, built with environmentally friendly products.