The Kings Crossing development, recently approved by the Board of Supervisors, sits at the crossroads between Richmond Highway’s past and its future. The 350-unit apartment building will help to propel the corridor toward its transit-oriented future.
“We’re pivoting to the 21st century and that truly is what this development opportunity is all about,” said Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck.
Located at the corner of Richmond Highway and Fairview Drive, the building will be a quick walk from one of nine stops for a bus rapid transit system that’s planned to run from the Huntington Metro to Fort Belvoir.
Kings Crossing aligns with the county’s goals for its future bus rapid transit system because it increases residential density around the Penn Daw business district and builds out a local street grid, according to Storck.
The 5.29-acre plot is currently home to a couple of fast-food restaurants, a former martial arts studio and a payday lender.
The future six-story apartment building will offer high-end amenities, including a first-floor gym, business center, dog spa, music practice rooms and a bike repair room. In addition, there will be two interior courtyards with an outdoor pool and garden areas, plus a 560-space parking garage that will be wrapped within the complex. The apartment’s main lobby will be located in two turrets on the building’s north side and there will be three other entrances along Fairview Drive.
Bike and walking paths are planned as part of the future bus rapid transit system. Along Richmond Highway, the developer will construct a 6.5-foot wide off-road bike lane, 7-foot sidewalk and 4.5-foot landscape strip.
Called Embark Richmond Highway, the county’s overall plans for the corridor call for:
- A bus rapid transit system, running on dedicated lanes, that ultimately will lead to the future Metrorail extension to Hybla Valley.
- Connected system of roads, walkways, trails and bicycle facilities that work seamlessly with transit.
- Walkable, mixed-use development near the bus rapid transit stations.
As the county moves forward with its plans for the corridor’s future, Kings Crossing continues the already ongoing revitalization that’s transforming the strip retail in the area.
“This development is crucial to the redevelopment of Richmond Highway,” said Storck.
It joins two nearby projects, The Shelby and South Alex. Located at 6200 North Kings Highway at the intersection with School Street, The Shelby is a 240-unit apartment that was completed in 2014. The lobby, which is decorated with local art specifically crafted for the building, is utilized for various community events in addition to serving residents.
Approved in 2014, South Alex will rise up at the site of the former 1960s-era Penn Daw Plaza shopping center. This mixed-use project includes 400 apartments, 41 townhouses and 44,000 square feet of retail that may include a national specialty chain grocer as an anchor tenant.