11 September 1995 Sully District Land Use and Transportation Committee Report
by Jeff Parnes
  1. Attendance:

    1. Members: Dick Frank (TAC), Jeff Parnes (Chantilly Highlands), Bill Ritchie (NECCA), and Larry Tessier (Franklin Glen)

    2. Guests: Ted Brit (Tri-Tek Engineering, Inc., 481-5900), Danny Laycock (JEM Development, Inc., 867-4628) and Lynne Strobel (Walsh, Colucci, Stackhouse et al., 528-4700)

  2. Presentations:

    1. 7:30
      • Proponent: Danny Laycock (JEM Development, Inc., 867-4628) and Lynne Strobel (Walsh, Colucci, Stackhouse et al., 528-4700)
      • Action: special exception amendment
      • Location: McLearen Square shopping center

      The committee heard a presentation on a proposed special exception amendment for the McLearen Square shopping center --

      The McLearen Square shopping center is located at the southeast corner of the McLearen Road, Centreville Road and Lawyers Road Extended intersection. The county approved the site plan with three free-standing pads, two planned for banks and one for a fast-food establishment. The developers want to change the plans for one pad from a bank to another fast-food facility.

      Current plans call for the development of 106,000 SF (with two free standing buildings yet to be planned) out of the total allowable 200,000 SF. Food Lion, the anchor, will open this December. Burger King is interested in one fast food pad, and other expected services available within the shopping center include video rental, carpeting, nail salon, Impressions (?), and Fair World (?). Several restaurants in the main structure including Domino's, Arizona Flats, Big Joe's (sandwiches), Euro-Cafe (bakery) and a Chinese restaurant. A Texaco gas station will be at the north end of the center. The developers are talking to several banks, and exploring the possibility of situating a drive-through pharmacy at one of the free-standing pads.

      This development is occurring in conjunction with the reconstruction of the Centreville Road intersection and the construction of Lawyers Road Extended from Centreville Road east to West Ox Road. The developers have pre-paid for a signal light at the corner of Highlands Mews Court and Centreville Road that the state will install when warranted. This will be the location of the major left in and out entrance from and onto Centreville Road. The developers will construct an additional right in and out entrance north of Highland Mews Court, with a raised pavement wedge in the entrance to deter left-hand turns at that location. Additional left and right access will be available onto Lawyers Road Extended.

      The committee members appreciated being informed of the proposed special exception amendment, but felt that the change did not warrant the committee to take a position one way or the other.

  3. The committee members discussed other issues:

    1. The Fairfax County Parkway is scheduled to open from I-66 to Braddock Road (without any access to Route 29 at this time) on 19 September 1995. I-66 may be open with eight-lanes from Route 50 to Route 29 by the end of the year, with ramp improvements still underway.

    2. The Western Bypass looks as if it will follow the proposed route of the Route 234 Bypass, swinging north of the Manasses Airport and west of the Manasses Battlefield and cemeteries.

    3. Occoquan River Crossing Study Group - The Transportation Advisory Committee recommended to the Board of Supervisors that the whole area be studied. The Study Group had indicted that, although they could not determine a preferred route, they thought any study should consider environmental concerns in terms of the overall area. The Transportation Advisory Committee thought that the task force's position on including environmental impacts of all routes in any future study allowed all routes to be studied.

    4. The spot improvement for Sully District that is going forward is the construction of left-turn lanes at Centreville Road and Kincross Circle South. This will complete the construction of through flow lanes along Centreville Road from the Toll Road to Route 50 except for Lowe Street, which has relatively low usage. The expected cost will be $250,000, and the engineering effort will take about a year. There will be some right-of-way acquisition involved in this improvement.

    5. The county is exploring methods to work with the state on these types of improvements. For example, the State Department of Transportation can order the relocation of utilities in the right-of-way while the county would have to pay for their movement. The county is looking at ways to fund the improvements but yet have the state actually do the work.

  4. The state has scheduled multiple public hearings in the near future:

    1. Route 50 improvements from Route 28 to Stringfellow Road, 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, 19 September, Rocky Run Intermediate School.

    2. Control of Residential Cut-through traffic, 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, 3 October, VDOT office, 3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax (just west of West Ox Road).

    3. Improvements to Eastern Interchange of Routes 7 and 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 18 October, Municipal Building, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg.

  5. The next meeting of the Land Use and Transportation Committee will convene at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, 2 October 1995, in the conference room of Sully District Supervisor’s Michael Frey’s Centreville office.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee

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