On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved two land transactions that set the stage for new housing to help revitalize Baileys Crossroads, a much needed new connector road, and a potential future county office site.
The real estate exchange agreement with developer AvalonBay and land purchase of property from Landmark Atlantic, LLC, involves a land swap and purchase in order to give both the developer and the county consolidated properties for their respective plans.
AvalonBay proposes to build up to 375 mid-rise, market-rate apartments along Moncure Avenue, and the county wants land for a possible future human services center and a road extension to connect Seminary Road and Columbia Pike. Under the deal, Fairfax County and AvalonBay also agreed to seek a joint rezoning that will be needed before either can move forward.
The county owns a 1.49 acre property at Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue, and it will trade this with 1.49 acres of land for an adjacent 1.44-acre property that will be owned by AvalonBay.
In addition, the county will purchase the Landmark Atlantic land for a total holdings of approximately 2.93 acres. The 1.44-acre Landmark site currently contains an office building, the Baileys International Center. The county will pay $6.35 million for this property, and it will tear down the existing 52 year-old office building to make way for the road extension and the potential future development of county property.
This project supports the county’s Economic Success Strategic Plan, which calls for creating higher density developments in revitalization areas and realizing the value on county land. AvalonBay’s housing will be located in the heart of the revitalization district for Baileys Crossroads. The residential development will boost tax revenues, since the property’s value is projected to rise from $5 million today to approximately $100 million.
Our Economic Success Strategic Plan also seeks to use public-private partnerships, like this joint-venture, to maximize the return on investment potential for all county assets, including land and facilities, by leveraging partnership opportunities with both private and public partners to construct and operate infrastructure and facilities throughout the county.
Because the Baileys Crossroads Community Shelter is on the existing county land, the 50-bed shelter will be moved to a temporary location until a permanent facility is built. There will be no interruption in services provided to the homeless population. The new permanent facility will offer even more services, including transitional housing.
A new human services center will be considered at this location because it will allow the county to consolidate services into a single building. We are currently providing services out of leased spaces. The decision to build a new county human services center, or to continue leasing space, will be considered by the Board of Supervisors at a future time.
Tuesday’s real estate agreement doesn’t commit us to building a new human services center, but it does give the land to move forward with all alternative uses in the future.
In 2010, the county updated the land use plan for the Bailey’s Community Business Center to recommend the development of a “town center” with a mix of uses. AvalonBay’s proposal helps to advance the broader vision for a revitalized Baileys Crossroads.
When the joint rezoning moves forward, county officials and staff will seek public input, and they look forward to working with AvalonBay and all stakeholders, including the Mason District Land Use Committee and others. The rezoning will be reviewed by the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors will ultimately decide on this important revitalization project.