Marlo Furniture presented its plans to develop the 74.73 acre parcel at the south west corner of the Route 28 and 50 interchange. Based on the recently adopted comprehensive plan amendment, Marlo is planning to build out the parcel to a .23 FAR (762,800 SF) as opposed to the .5 FAR (1,627,619 SF) the plan would allow. Their plans call for a regional shopping center of 391,000 SF (including a new Marlo showroom), 2 hotels or motels (550 rooms total), 4 sit-down restaurants, 2 fast-food restaurants, and 24,000 SF of office space. A special exception will be requested to allow the construction of a 75-foot tall hotel as opposed to the 40-foot tall structure that they would be allowed by right.
As part of their plans, they will construct two additional lanes on Lee Road south of route 50, and construct dual left-hand turn lanes and install a light at the Lee Road/Route 50 intersection.
The Marlo representative indicted that the show room would be given an architectural facade on all four sides so that drivers on the Route 28 and 50 cloverleaf will not be staring into a giant cinderblock box. Pictures of the Rockville facility were shown as an example of a typical treatment used.
The center wanted additional traffic to be routed along the Route 28 and Route 123 corridors and did not want the current Yates Ford crossing to be considered in future studies. But the North and South groups didn't want all the traffic routed through their areas. The Transportation Advisory Committee requested that all three areas be considered in any study. Although it is not logical that the center be developed, it still should be considered in any full scale study.
One possible alternative would be to improve the current two-lane approaches to the current Yates Ford crossing, eliminating choke points and bypassing Clifton so that the existing neighborhoods in Fairfax and Prince William Counties could be served while routing the majpor traffic increases north and south. In the next 18 months many new roads and improvements will open that will impact traffic flow: Braddock Road, widening Route 123 to four lanes, and the Fairfax and Prince William County parkways. The situation should be reevaluated after their impact is known.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee