Our District office received and responded to hundreds of different concenrs, issues and topics in 2016. Brief summaries on the topics receiving the most communications follows.
Mount Vernon District residents have been subjected to continuous high noise levels from departing and arriving aircraft since April 2015 when the FAA, without any local engagement, implemented their new satellite navigation system “NextGen”. This system has aircraft departing National Airport turning west five miles south of the airport and frequently passing over the same neighborhoods in climb power at altitudes between 2200-3500 feet causing a deafening, bone-rattling impact.
The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) has a working group whose purpose is to provide community input into these noise-related discussions and find ways to address it. North and South flow Working Groups were formed with North flow recommendations being considered now by the FAA. Congressman Beyer and Supervisor Storck organized more than 300 persons to attend a community meeting with MWAA and the FAA to get the South flow change considerations moving more quickly. Due to FAA procedures, changes are unlikely in 2017. Supervisor Storck secured the Board of Supervisors request that MWAA implement a local “Fly Quiet Program” and create a permanent MWAA Noise Advisory Working Group to continue our change efforts.
Bock Farm Development 2405 Parkers Lane
On January 26, Supervisor Storck hosted a community meeting with over 100 residents to discuss the Bock Farm proposal. Long-time residents Bill and Valerie Bock contracted with local resident and developer, Joe Francone, who filed an application with the county to build four, four-story buildings totaling 128 units for a 55+ year old independent living community on 4.4 acres of the total 11.4 acres. Due to some concerns and questions last fall, Supervisor Storck initiated and facilitated consultations with the developer and surrounding communities which resulted in three “for sale” housing options now being considered: (1) the original application noted above, (2) a modified version with slightly lower building heights and numbers of senior living units and, (3) 35-40 town homes without age restrictions.
The community meeting was recorded on Facebook Live and is available on Supervisor Storck’s Facebook page.
On February 14, Supervisor Storck Withdrew L & F Bock Farm, LLC’s proposal to rezone approximately 4.38 acres to allow an independent living facility. Supervisor Storck’s motion was a “referral back” to the planning commission to allow the applicant the opportunity to bring forward an updated proposal. The motion passed 10-0 and the formal language is below:
Given the needed changes to the development plan, these changes will require a new public hearing before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. This action will not require the applicant to re-start the process but will require them to continue to work with staff and community on refinements to their concepts.
Embark Richmond Highway is an initiative focused on creating a multimodal future for the Richmond Highway Corridor. This effort responds to recommendations from the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis, conducted by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and intends to assess and refine the recommendations from the study by providing more detailed guidance in Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan for the implementation of transit in the corridor. For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/embarkrichmondhwy/
North Hill Development
The North Hill property consists of approximately 33 unimproved acres off of Richmond Highway originally acquired about 30 years ago using federal funds to support low income area development. The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has put together a public-private partnership that will transform North Hill by keeping 1/3 as a park, 1/3 into mixed income and affordable multifamily rental apartments, and 1/3 as for-sale townhomes.
CHPPENN I, LLC, the developer selected through a competitive bidding process plans to construct up to 279 multi-family rental units in six separate, high quality, urban designed buildings with structured parking. Of the 279 units, 195 will be for households with an annual income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), 56 of the units will be for households with an annual income at or below 50% of the AMI, and 28 of the units will be for households with an annual income at or below 30% of the AMI. (Area AMI for a family of four is $108,600.) In addition, 60 of the multi-family will be dedicated to affordable senior housing. The for-sale townhouses will be at market rate, but support for qualifying new home buyers. For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/north_hill/
Potomac Avenue Sewer Improvement
On March 23, 2016, the Fairfax County Wastewater Collections Division (WCD) was notified of a sinking manhole near the intersection of Potomac Avenue and Belleview Boulevard. Repairs have been complicated by a high water table and the need for extensive shoring to secure the excavated site. However, with the removal of the damaged pipes and manhole, and installation of a new support system for the new manholes and pipes, the Potomac Avenue Emergency Manhole Repair Project is now slated to be completed by the end of February 2017, and the final paving will occur when the weather gets warmer. For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/wastewater/potomac-ave-manhole-repair.htm
Quality Inn 8849 Richmond Highway
In April 2015, the Quality Inn and Suites Hotel had an electrical fire causing extensive damage. After a year of little improvement to the site, Supervisor Storck asked the Department of Code Compliance to place this property into the Blight Abatement Program. Since the blight process was moving too slowly for the conditions at the property, Fairfax County formally notified the owner in December that the property constitutes a public nuisance and must be torn down. The owner’s agent has been in touch with County officials to inquire about the demolition process and associated permits required to raze and remove the failed structure. The County is now authorized to take all necessary action to clear the property or otherwise abate the threat that is presented. We are working to see that it happens as soon as possible.
River Towers Colum Collapse
River Towers consists of three condominium buildings located at 6621, 6631 and 6641Wakefield Drive. On October 2, 2016, a column failure at 6631 Wakefield Drive resulted in a shift in the building and the evacuation of thirty-two residential units. Fairfax County and Supervisor Storck’s office have been assisting those made homeless and worked to expedite River Towers’ completion of the repairs, so that residents may return to their homes.
The River Towers Association has hired KCE Structural Engineering to design the repairs and restoration of the buildings and apply for construction permits. Fairfax County’s Notice of Violation requires the permit package to be submitted by April 3, 2017. Fairfax County will expedite their review upon receipt. The ultimate timeframe for permit issuance is dependent upon the quality and regulatory compliance of the plans submitted. With permits in hand, the owner will then be able to proceed with construction repairs. The Association’s contractor will also be required to obtain periodic inspections from Fairfax County. When County building officials deem that the building is safe to be occupied, residents will be permitted to permanently return to their residences.
Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS)
Fairfax County is exploring future uses for the original Mount Vernon High School campus and surrounding property at 8333 Richmond Highway. The OMVHS was built in 1939 and leased to the Islamic Saudi Academy from 1985 to 2016. The OMVHS reuse project supports our Economic Success Plan and Embark Richmond Highway. Many possible options are being considered, such as:
- Using the campus for economic development activities, like a new business incubator or maker spaces;
- Creating housing;
- Providing educational opportunities for lifelong learners;
- Offering nonprofits or others space for delivering services.
The project will develop over three distinct phases; immediate, interim use, and long term reuse. For updates, visit the project website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/original-mount-vernon-hs/
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