Apartment Community Proposal at Post Forest Road and West Ox Road - Lincoln Property Co. continued its presentation for a gated community of 284 apartment units with integrated garages to be built on 13.85 acres at the corner of Post Forest and West Ox Roads, adjacent to Interstate 66. At the June meeting, the previous presenters were asked to attend the July Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting due to the lateness of the hour. Lincoln Property plans on constructing 56 garages attached to units and 63 detached garages. All units will be wired for up-to-date communications using sophisticated wiring.
Staff requested that the apartments be landscaped similar to the Post Forest community and Lincoln Property has earmarked about $800 per unit for landscaping. They will build a stone wall around the retention pond and plan to retain two naturally wooded areas. Lincoln Property will build a sound mitigation wall per VDOT?s standards for the ultimate I-66 configuration (including HOV lanes and Metro Extension - if they occur) and dedicate 10 feet along the I-66 right of way for VDOT use.
The club house and leasing facility will occupy 4000 feet. The facility will contain weight and aerobics rooms, business facilities, conference rooms and possibly a small theater. Additionally, Lincoln Property will construct both a volleyball and a tot lot. Due their location next to I-66, the apartments will have enclosed sun rooms on the I-66 side with open balconies on the opposite side.
Of the 284 units, 18 will be affordable units per county ordinance. A one bedroom unit will rent for $605 per month and a two bedroom/two bath unit will rent for $680 per month. Of the remaining 266 units 40% will be one bedroom, 45% two bedrooms and 15% two bedroom/den combinations. The smallest units start at 651 square feet with the largest at 1300 square feet. The average size is 992 square feet (sun room footage not included in any of these figures).
Lincoln Property has proffered: to extend the left turn lane from northbound West Ox Road onto westbound Fair Lakes Parkway, the affordable apartments discussed above (which allowed them to increase their actual density from a planned 16 units per acre to their requested 20 units per acre, and to ensure to bring noise levels below 45 decibels in all units by the construction of the required sound wall and noise abatement construction techniques
Bell Atlantic Mobile returned to further discuss a planned 90-foot tower (or monopole) that they are planning for Deerfield Industrial Park. The facility would support microwave antennas that act as a backup for landlines crossing into Maryland. The Architectural Review Board responsible for reviewing plans impacting historic areas were shown the towers superimposed on winter photographs from Sully plantation (showing the maximum impact as it would be without the benefit of tree foliage). Bell Atlantic Mobile plans on only constructing one facility, multiple poles will not be necessary. The ARB requested that the facility be colored sky blue.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee