The committee heard a presentation on a proposed special exception amendment for the McLearen Square shopping center --
The McLearen Square shopping center is located at the southeast corner of the McLearen Road, Centreville Road and Lawyers Road Extended intersection. The county approved the site plan with three free-standing pads, two planned for banks and one for a fast-food establishment. The developers want to change the plans for one pad from a bank to another fast-food facility.
Current plans call for the development of 106,000 SF (with two free standing buildings yet to be planned) out of the total allowable 200,000 SF. Food Lion, the anchor, will open this December. Burger King is interested in one fast food pad, and other expected services available within the shopping center include video rental, carpeting, nail salon, Impressions (?), and Fair World (?). Several restaurants in the main structure including Domino's, Arizona Flats, Big Joe's (sandwiches), Euro-Cafe (bakery) and a Chinese restaurant. A Texaco gas station will be at the north end of the center. The developers are talking to several banks, and exploring the possibility of situating a drive-through pharmacy at one of the free-standing pads.
This development is occurring in conjunction with the reconstruction of the Centreville Road intersection and the construction of Lawyers Road Extended from Centreville Road east to West Ox Road. The developers have pre-paid for a signal light at the corner of Highlands Mews Court and Centreville Road that the state will install when warranted. This will be the location of the major left in and out entrance from and onto Centreville Road. The developers will construct an additional right in and out entrance north of Highland Mews Court, with a raised pavement wedge in the entrance to deter left-hand turns at that location. Additional left and right access will be available onto Lawyers Road Extended.
The committee members appreciated being informed of the proposed special exception amendment, but felt that the change did not warrant the committee to take a position one way or the other.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee