We had previously heard plans for the construction of a church at this location several years ago, but the death of the Arlington Diocese Bishop put the appointment of the parish priest on hold. With the appointment of a new bishop, a priest was appointed for St. Veronica’s 1999, and in 2000 the parish renewed planning for their church.
Their original plans called for three separate buildings, a parish hall, a church and a school. The current plans call for the facility to be one structure built in four phases as funds become available. A special exception will have to be filed to allow the church to operate a school on this parcel. The county requires 415 parking spaces; they’re planning to provide 500. The county also requires 15% open space; current plans call for 20%.
There are two proffered conditions on this property dating back to 1978 and 1981 that need to be amended. The proffers require that two parcels that make up the current site provide inter parcel access from Centreville Road to Barnsfield Road. The church will allow access from its site to both Centreville Road and Barnsfield Road, but they will not allow traffic through their parcel.
The phasing of the construction starts with the parish hall, with a 600-seat capacity and a 240-student school. Next would follow the construction of the narthex area, then the 1200-seat church and finally the school proper with room for 500 K-8th grade students for a total cost in excess of $15 million. At the fourth phase the inter parcel connection will be opened.
The church is working the neighboring self-storage location and Armfield Farms across Centreville Road to see if it would be feasible to locate the regional storm water management pond on the west side of the road versus the east side current planned between Armfield Farms and Franklin Intermediate school.
A motion to approve the Special Exception and two Proffered Condition Amendments was approved unanimously by the committee with the proviso that pedestrian access be provided from Centreville Road to the parking lot, and that the applicant continue working with adjacent property owners on a relocated regional storm water plan.
Version would like to expand and rebuild the facility to allow growth in the facility from 60 to 80 thousand lines. They would also change from mechanical to computer switching. There has been an increased demand for new access due to the neighborhood’s increased calls and longer duration calls. Onsite backup batteries support all lines so that in cases of power outages 911 service won’t be interrupted.
Approval to build the present structure was obtained in 1971, and since that time it has undergone two expansions, the first of 12,000 sq. feet and the second of 8000. The facility will be 35 feet high. This current expansion will bring the facility to its maximum capacity
Version envisions up to five persons at the site making the necessary connections, but with no permanent traffic impact, as there will be no rush hour trips generated at this site. Construction will take 8-12 months. As part of the construction the trail in front of the facility will be widened
Several neighbors of the facility provided the committee with their concerns with the facility. As a result, Verizon has proffered a condition to restrict on-street parking during construction. Some complaints they had received before centered on construction activities, not the subject of the proffers.
The proponents were asked to work more closely the neighbors and return for a future report in January.
All the land acquisition for Centreville Road seems to have been previously dedicated, except for the area near Floris, where some of the buildings are now being considered as possibly historical.
There was some concern that problems with air quality predictions would hamper plans for the improvement of Route 28. At the present time six of the ten interchanges have been given the green light – Westfields, Barnsfield Road, Technology Drive, Rt. 606, Waxpool Road and one other. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair, Kate Hanley, believes that by next summer all the interchanges will be approved.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee