Long-Term Developments for Kingstowne

Construction site of the Kingstowne Towne Center

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Long-Term Developments for Kingstowne

Construction site of the Kingstowne Towne Center

For your information, these developments are projected for at least six months ahead.  They are subject to change for a variety of reasons as Kingstowne, VA grows as a community.  Long-term developments in the Kingstowne area include:

  • (5/31/2006) Fort Belvoir created a new web site showing its development as a result of the implementation of the latest BRAC findings at:  Belvoir New Vision
  • (8/16/2001) The Washington Post published the following letter from Supervisor Kauffman concerning the future of the development of the Route 1 area:

Route 1 Well on the Road to Recovery (washingtonpost.com)

  • (9/14/2000) The following are the highlights of the Kingstowne meeting at Hayfield Secondary School tonight.  First, the theater concept is being retained in the plans but it will be downsized to a 15,000 square foot cinema with 2-4 theaters which will be placed on the side of a large store.  The large store will be an Expo Design Center (a division of Home Depot which focuses on high-end home design and renovations).  The Expo Design Center will take 105,000 sq ft. and have its own parking for 450-500 cars. It will include a cafe, library, and many stores within a store. Second, the Towne Center will include a gourmet style Safeway (67,000 sq ft) which will open in SEP 2001. The nearest Expo Design Center is currently in Fairfax by Fair Lakes.  Applications for zoning changes have been submitted for this change of plans. Third, the Towne Center will include three or four major restaurants (Pizza Uno, Panera Bread, and another yet to be signed) and 2-3 minor ones.  About 25,000 sq ft of store space is still available in the plaza area. Construction work on the office towers will begin soon. Finally, work on the South Van Dorn extension will begin the Summer, 2001. 
  • (8/20/00) The following is a report from the AUG 16 edition of the Springfield Times.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved plans for a hotel and a service station with fast food and a car wash for the Kingstowne community. "What was approved helps preserve 4 acres of buffer zone and brings a hotel to the area," said Supervisor Dana Kauffman (D-Lee).

    The approval involved swapping the zoning designation for about 4 acres of one of the proposed plots with about 4 acres of open space.

    The area needs a hotel, Kauffman said, because Kingstowne compares to Falls Church in terms of population, but does not have a hotel.

    The plans call for a four-story, 120-room, L-shaped hotel with 137 parking spaces along South Van Dorn Street between King Centre Drive and Kingstowne Boulevard.

    Kauffman said that it would likely be an extended-stay hotel. The 3,500-square-foot six-pump gas station with fast food and 41 parking spaces will be constructed in front of the hotel. An attached 3,840-square-foot building will house a car wash.

    "The service station actually induces competition," Kauffman said, pointing out that Kingstowne has only one gas station now.

    The board also approved a 38,000-square-foot, three-story office building on Kingstowne Centre Drive.

    "This basically mirrors the highly successful first office building Kingstowne put up," Kauffman said, adding that offices help keep the area busy during the day by attracting companies to the offices and high quality retail to the surrounding shopping centers.

    Ronda DeSplinter, executive director for the Kingstowne Residential Owners Corp., said the community welcomes the new building.

    "We're very pleased with the quality of office buildings," she said. "We're extremely pleased."

    DeSplinter also said the organization would have architectural control of the new developments.

    Kauffman said that plans were in the works for another five-story office building in the Kingstowne Town Centre.

 

  • (2/25/2000) In a letter to the Kingstowne community Supervisor Dana Kauffman explained the building of the South County Center as follows:

Fairfax County officials are proposing the building of the South county Center near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Buckman Road. The facility will have the potential for housing a tax administration office and a satellite traffic court. The center would be a satellite office where resident of Southeastern Fairfax County could do everything from drop an elderly parent off for adult day care, sign up to be a foster parent, and get job training. Community meeting space that could potentially house
university classes is also planned.

The center would be built on a mostly vacant 8.75-acre site on Richmond Highway, just north of Buckman Road. It would be a five-story, $17.8 million office building that would have approximately 135,000 net usable square feet of space and 573 parking spaces. In addition to becoming a county and community center, it would replace a vacant piece of property with a building that would become a Richmond Highway landmark and could stimulate further development in that part of the corridor.

A private developer, Madison Development Partners, would buy the land for the South County Center, build it and lease space to the county. But that isn�t all. As part of the arrangement, the developer would buy the old Groveton School site on Richmond Highway near Beacon Mall, and construct a Class A office building there. The lot has been empty for more than a decade and was an eyesore for more than a decade before that.

Like the South County Center, the new building on the Groveton site could stimulate more private investment in the Richmond Highway corridor � a major economic development goal.

Why doesn�t the county just build the center? For on thing, the county doesn�t have $27.8 million sitting around to build the center. The county could float bonds to finance construction of the center, just like it floats bonds to build schools and public safety buildings. Those bonds are repaid over time like a mortgage, but the county has a limit on how much it will finance with bonds. The proposed South County center would not divert funds away from school construction and remodeling, improvements to area
parks, and public safety upgrades.

Madison would be able to tap commercial borrowers for money to build the center, which would allow the company to build it far quicker than could the county. Having Madison build the center means the county will incur minimal financial risk.

You mentioned a second office building at the Groveton site. What does that have to do with the South County Center?

As part of the agreement on building the South County center, the county would convert the old Groveton School site to Madison Development Partners. One this five-acre site, Madison wants to build a five-story office building with about 125,000 square feet of space and 340 parking spaces. This building would substantially add to the scarce inventory of office space available on Richmond Highway.

The Groveton site is next to the Jemal Building that is occupied by Metrocall. The Madison building would be roughly the same size and fit will with the Metrocall building. It is possible that through innovative planning the two sites could be linked to become the �Groveton Corporate Center.� Should Madison not open the second building by August 3, 2004, the county could by the site back of $500,000 � half the selling price.

Another important point, Madison would agree to dedicate $150,000 to Fairfax County�s efforts to eliminate blighted properties along Richmond Highway. Many rundown properties have been razed already, and this money would enable that effort to continue.

In short, Madison would build a new office that would be Richmond Highway�s first office park, filled with tax-paying private businesses � a tremendous shot in the arm for the corridor � and assist in efforts to improve the corridor elsewhere.

 

  • (2/12/2000) According to an article in the Fairfax Journal, The Fairfax County School Board last night adopted its proposed $1.4 billion budget for fiscal 2001, with $84 million in spending not funded by the county and state. The budget will be considered by the county Board of Supervisors, which will decide in April how much the school system will get in county revenues next year. If sufficient funding is not available to pay for all the proposed items, the School Board will have to make adjustments to the final budget, scheduled to come to a vote in May.

    The adopted budget is an increase of 9 percent over last year's approved budget and requires a 15 percent increase in fund transfers from the county, 9 percent more than supervisors have said they could give.

    School officials said the spending increases are needed to pay for unprecedented growth in enrollment and to give all school employees a 5 percent raise as a cost-of-living adjustment. The budget contains $7.5 million in new programs and programs expansion; $22 million in technology initiatives and $30 million to maintain current class sizes.

    The School Board also approved the additional spending proposed last week by School Superintendent Daniel Domenech. They include $20.4 million to fund an extra 2 percent pay raise for employees; $3 million in bonuses for teachers and staff in the 20 Project Excel schools; and $227,000 to place more parent liaisons and extend their service in schools with a large number of students in the system's English as a Second Language program.

    Domenech has called on the state for a larger share of education funding. The school district will not know how much it will get until the General Assembly appropriates it from state revenues before it adjourns in March.

    Fairfax County schools could get about $7 million in state funds under a budget amendment that would give a 2.4 percent boost in teacher salaries, said Judy Singleton, government relations director for county schools. School officials had hoped to get up to $17 million under a proposed 6 percent increase earlier. Singleton said she hopes Fairfax County will get a favorable distribution in technology funding under several proposed bills. The School Board last night defeated two budget amendments introduced by members Tessie Wilson, Braddock District; and Gary Reese, Sully District, that would give additional pay raises to instructional assistants as well give retired teachers the same medical coverage active teachers if they are committed to work at least 25 days a year as substitute teachers.
  • (1/8/2000) A delegation of Northern Virginia leaders and transportation gurus voted Dec. 16 to approve the massive 2020 Transportation Plan.  

    The plan that the Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council (TCC) approved now includes a $1 billion western transportation corridor from Interstate 95 to Route 7, a $700 million bridge and road connecting that route to Interstate 270 in Maryland across the Potomac River, a $1 billion eastern bypass that includes a new bridge and a $700 million Metro rail line from Lorton/Fort Belvoir to Prince William County. 

    2020 Plan goals in a nutshell:

    Heavy rail: 46 miles of new Metro rail (Dulles corridor to Loudoun County, orange line to Centreville, Beltway rail, blue line rail to Lorton/Fort Belvoir to Prince William County); a new Metro station at Potomac Yard and two new Virginia Rail Express stations 

    Light rail:  33 miles (U.S. Route 1, Virginia Route 7, Virginia Route 28 and Columbia Pike corridors) 

    Bus:  Priority bus with reduced travel time, increased reliability and enhanced comfort (Virginia Route 7, U.S. Route 50, Virginia Route 236 and Columbia Pike corridors) 

    Improvements to existing highways:   

    Wilson Bridge 

    Springfield interchange 

    Capital Beltway: widen to 12 lanes (includes 2 HOV lanes) 

    Interstate 66: widen to eight general purpose lanes from Beltway to Virginia Route 234 

    Barrier-separated HOV lanes on Interstate 66, other HOV lanes on Capital Beltway and U.S. Route 1 

    U.S. Route 1: widen to six lanes in Fairfax and Prince William counties 

    Virginia Route 7: widen to eight lanes in Fairfax County; widen to eight lanes in Tysons Corner; add interchange in Loudoun east of Leesburg 

    Virginia Route 28: widen to six lanes from U.S. Route 29 to Manassas and to eight lanes from U.S. Route 29 to Virginia Route 606 

    U.S. Route 29: widen to six lanes from Gainesville to Fauquier County line 

    U.S. Route 50: widen to six lanes in eastern Loudoun County; widen to six lanes from city of Fairfax to Arlington 

    Virginia Route 123: widen to six lanes from Occoquan to Fairfax County Parkway 

    Virginia Route 234: complete bypass and widen to four lanes 

    Virginia Route 236: widen to six lanes from Pickett Road to Interstate 395 

    Prince William Parkway: widen to six lanes from Virginia Route 640 to Liberia Avenue 

    Fairfax County Parkway: widen to six lanes from Reston to Virginia Route 123. 

    Interchanges: reconstruct 25 interchanges, construct 50 new interchanges 

    New highways:   

    Virginia Route 234 bypass extension north of Interstate 66 

    Tri-County Parkway (Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties) 

    Bicycle and pedestrian paths 

    Virginia Route 7 bikeway between Tysons Corner and Loudoun County line 

    U.S. Route 50 bicycle route throughout Northern Virginia 

    W&OD trail connection from Leesburg to White's Ferry 

    Virginia Route 234 trail 

    Sidewalk improvements 

  • (3/26/99) At a Kingstowne town meeting at Hayfield High School on 26 MAR 99, the following topics were discussed:
    • KROC Board of Trustees President Kathleen Synder did an introduction for the meeting.   She also introduced the KROC's new Executive Director, Ronda Desplinter. 
    • Supervisor Dana Kauffman gave a presentation:
      • The Van Dorn Street extension - The money has been gained to buy 102 acres to mitigate the effects on the wetlands affected by the construction.  The construction will start by the summer of 2000 with completion by early 2001.
      • The status of the divided interchange on Franconia Road & South Van Dorn Street -

        - The interchange will look much like the one by the Metro Station.

        - The design phase of the project will be completed by October 1999. 

        - There will be Mormon church being built at the free corner of the interchange. 

    • Attorney Tony Calabrese gave a presentation on the Towne Center and the Park:
      • The Halle Company is expecting the revised plans for the Leow's movie theater within the next month.  It will immediately take the plans to Fairfax County for review and approval.  Construction on the Towne Center will start late this year or early 2000.
      • The Fairfax County Landfill is no longer taking dirt, so Halle is trying to make a deal with the Kingstowne Golf Center to fill it plus fill part of the ravine by Huntley Meadows Park.
      • Halle is planning on leaving the park area in a natural, passive state.  In addition, walking trails and parking areas are planned.  The Park proposal will be presented to the Lee District Land Use Committee on       29 MAR 99.
      • There are revised plans to add more open space in the form of an urban pedestrain plaza.
      • The rest of Kingstowne Village Parkway is under construction and will be completed by the end of 1999.
      • Halle is currently in negotiations with prospective tenants including:  legal Seafood, Card & Party, bally's, Men's and Women's Fashion, plus bookstores, shoe stores, computer and retail operations, Room Store, Pearle Vision, Hollywood Video and Fresh Fields. 
    • Attorney Erica Bird gave a presentation on other proposals:
      • There will be proposal presented to the Planning Commission on 31 MAR 99 to technically approve for the fast food restaurants which are located at the Kingstowne Shopping Center.   Technically, the eating establishments (Starbucks, KFC, Burger King, King's Buffet, Dairy Queen, and Papa John's) are legally consider fast food places instead of eating establishments for which the shopping center is zoned for.   Approval will not affect the number of restaurants.
      • Another proposal to the Palnning Commission is to increase the size of building by the Next Day Blinds store by another 5,000 square feet.
      • Halle will present a proposed amendment for its development plan to the Palnning Commission for converting a plan for a 90,000 square foot retail building.  Instead, Halle proposes a restaurant park for four establishments (each 7,500 square feet).   Halle is negotiating with Pizzeria Uno, Don Pablos, and Tony Roma's and another restaurant to be named later.
      • Halle is presenting a proposal to the Planning Commission on 20 MAY 99 on converting the plan for the planned ice skating rink plan to being a retail/industrial building much like the buildings located across Barclay Drive.
      • Halle is also porposing a rezoning to permit a mixed use development next to Kohl's to include: a extended stay hotel, a service station, a car wash and a 38,000 square foot office building on the south side King Centre Drive.    
  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved zoning changes to allow building a 18-hole course course at the 7900 block of Telegraph Road near the driving range across from Ft. Belvoir.  The $8,000,000 recreational complex will cover 175 acres and will include a mini-golf center, batting cages, a club house, a picnic area, and a snack shop.   It is expected to open in the late summer or early fall of the year 2000.  For more details, see last week's edition of the Springfield Times.
  • INOVA has put forward plans to build a Medical Center in the Springfield area.   Currently, INOVA is looking at 3 sites in the area, including one by the Metro Station.  It would include a 24/7 emergency room plus a wide variety of services. In addition, the site will include a medical professional office building, biotech research labs, and a medical education center which will be part of Northern Virginia Community College.  Ground breaking is projected for the Spring, 1999.
  • The Pentagon City Hospital has put foward plans to relocate to the GSA site by the Springfield Mall and become the Springfield Community Hospital.  It will include a 160-bed full service facility which will be available 24/7 after it opens in July 2001.    Zoning variances have already been applied for and the plan will go to the Fairfax County Planning Commission on October 22.
  • The Golden Bear (Jack Nickalaus) Golf Park is coming closer to reality.  The complex which will be located on South Van Dorn Street, will include a driving range, putting course, mini-golf, and a sit-down restaurant.  The builder has an approved financing plan and the site plans have been approved by the Fairfax County Department of Environmental Management.  The construction permits should be issued very soon.   The opening has been projected for Spring 1999.
  • There is now a proposal to create a restaurant park on the corner of Kingstowne Village Parkway and Kingstowne Boulevard, near the site of the new post office.  KLNB and the Developer are currently revising plans and the names of the new restaurants will be announced soon.
  • There is also a proposal to build an extended stay Marriott Hotel on the site next to Kohl's and a another service station at the intersection of King Center Drive and South Van Dorn Street. 
  • Another proposed development is the construction of a section of single family homes at the corner of Kingstowne Boulevard and South Van Dorn Street.  
  • The Jefferson Memorial Chapel should be open by Spring 1999.
  • Construction on the Kingstowne Post Office will start in the Spring 1999.   According to Supervisor Kauffman, it will have a full-service lobby, open 24 hours a day, a self-service mailing area, a retail postal store, and rental post boxes.               

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