Founders Row (Broad and West Streets; formerly known as Mason Row)
A new mixed-use development project known as Founders Row (formerly known as Mason Row) has been proposed by Spectrum Development Company, LLC. and Mill Creek Residential, for the northeast corner of the intersection of West Broad Street & North West Street. As proposed, the project would include the following:
a six-story mixed-use building with a ground floor retail use of approximately 67,442 square feet in addition to an 800-seat movie theater;
a five-story residential multi-family rental apartments with 322 units above the one story ground floor retail spaces;
a five-story hotel with 127 guest rooms [Proposed Special Exception Amendment to change to 72-unit age-restricted apartments - see below]; and
a parking garage with two aboveground levels and three underground levels.
The project would involve several properties. The project encompasses the following property addresses: 919 Park Avenue, 921 Park Avenue, 925 Park Avenue, 212 and 212A N. West Street, 112 and 112A N. West Street, 916 W. Broad Street, 920 W. Broad Street, 922 W. Broad Street, 924 W. Broad Street, 926 W. Broad Street, 928 W. Broad Street, 930 W. Broad Street, 932 W. Broad Street, and 934 W. Broad Street. The property owners have been working with the development team to develop the proposal.
The site is currently occupied by the Sunoco gas station, Seven Eleven, Lazy Sunday Ice Cream shop, Shreve Plumbing, a small vacant shopping center and other existing businesses in the 900 block of W. Broad Street. On Park Avenue there are three existing single family detached homes that are part of the large land assemblage and parcel consolidation.
Most development proposals of this scale must go through numerous steps and receive several different kinds of approval from several different bodies before they are approved and can be constructed. This includes initial approvals by the City Council and the Planning Commission. In this case, the development proposal requires the following:
Comprehensive Plan Amendment – “Business & Low Density Residential” change to “Mixed-Use”
Rezoning – Zoning Map Amendment, (B-3 and R-1B zoning districts all rezoned to B-1)
Special Exception – Residential development within a mixed-use development
Special Exception – 30-foot Building Height Bonus for the proposed 85 foot high building
In addition, there are several “waivers” identified that include landscaping buffers, commercial entrance within 100 feet of a residential district and modifications requested to minimum parking requirements. Approval by the Planning Commission of a site plan and subdivision (consolidation) application is also required.
On July 16, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the Special Exception Amendment to remove the requirement for a hotel, and instead construct a 72-unit age-restricted apartment building.
A Special Exception Amendment application was submitted in April 2017, to remove the requirement for a hotel, and instead construct a 72-unit age-restricted apartment building for adults 55 years of age and older. Revised Special Exception Amendment materials were provided in June 2018 (see below under Special Exception Amendment Submission 2).
Applications for site plan and subdivision (consolidation) were submitted in October 2016. Technical review by staff is underway. Prior to a Planning Commission hearing, recommendations from the Tree Commission and Architectural Advisory Board will be obtained. Two additional submissions responding to staff comments have been received (see below under Site Plan Submission 2 and Site Plan Submission 3).
On January 11, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution 2016-03 amending the Comprehensive Plan from "Business & Low Density Residential" to "Mixed Use", approved Ordinance 1944 to amend the Zoning Map from B-3 and R-1B zoning districts to B-1; and adopted Resolution 2016 -04 for two special exceptions with voluntary concessions for residential development within a mixed-use development and a 30-foot building height bonus for the proposed 85 foot high building. Additionally, Resolutions 2016-05 was adopted, which established an economic development agreement between the City and Spectrum Development, LLC for the proposed movie theater.
Special Exception Amendment Submission 3, July 27, 2018
Boards and Commission meetings discussing the Special Exception Amendment can be found at this link. These dates and/or locations are subject to change. Individual boards and commissions information can be found at this link.
September 4, 2018 - Planning Commission public hearing on Site Plan.
Board and Commission Meetings: Various City Boards and Commissions discussed the Mason Row project at their public meetings. The Planning Commission, Tree Commission, and Architectural Advisory Board will review the site plan and subdivision (consolidation) applications.
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Neighborhood Transportation Workshop (March 30, 2015): City of Falls Church staff hosted a public workshop to discuss anticipated transportation impact of the proposed Mason Row project. Notes are available here.