The applicant is asking for a special exception to build a three story, 89-room suite hotel to be known as Sierra Suites. The hotel would be located on 3.3 acres off of Brookfield Drive in the Brookfield Corporate Center [tax map #44-1-((66))-3A1]. The proposed facility would be similar to one located at 13700 Coppermine Road. Although the Brookfield facility would have a laundry facility, outdoor swimming pool, and sports court, it will not provide food service, will not serve alcohol, nor will it include meeting rooms on site. Each suite will have a bedroom, living area, office, bathroom, and kitchenette. This will not be a 'drop in' hotel; prior reservations are required. The Coppermine hotel has a minimum 90 percent occupancy rate and serves CIT and Dulles.
In accordance with the Dulles Suburban Corridor Design Plan, the hotel is considered an optional use; it reduces the overall impact originally called for in the Comprehensive Plan. The development will provide over 68,000 feet of open space which is over three times the amount of open space required by code (21,000 feet). The developers have finished sound attenuation and traffic plan studies. The FAR is .279.
With regard to landscaping, there is a storm water detention pond bordering the property. When the pond was built, the property was clear-cut, leaving few trees. The plan is to use the excess soil left from constructing the pond to build a berm on the Route 28 side of the property and landscape the property with 250 shrubs, decidunder approval in the Washington area and a total of 21 are now operating.
The proposal has not been pre-staffed as of yet. The Planning Commission is expected to hear the case on May 29, 1996. The Board of Supervisors may hear it in early July.
Rick Korink stated that it is unfortunate that this type of discussion is taking place when Sully District is in need of improved infrastructure. He recommended that the Committee set priorities and send the top five or six recommendations to the Federation. Glenn Stroup mentioned that it takes two or three months to receive approval from the Federation so we need to act promptly; the transportation spot improvements are good examples of setting priorities.
Carol A. Hawn
For the Land Use and Transportation Committee