Kingstowne is a planned community and one of my favorites in Northern Virginia. The Fairfax County Department of Zoning works directly with land developers to coordinate projects and regulate land development in and around the 12,000 acres that make up the Kingstowne community. There are several projects slated to complete the master plan for Kingstowne.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense is reorganizing military installations to adapt to changing circumstances under a plan called BRAC. Between 14,000 to 19,000 jobs are slated for transfer to Fort Belvoir by September 2011. This transition will affect transportation systems, the natural environment and the quality of life in the Alexandria near Kingstowne. At least one community has proposed an amendment to the comprehensive plan to better serve the needs of BRAC.
Here are a few of the changes expected because of BRAC and adherence to the original plan for Kingstowne.
Kingstowne Towne Center
The Kingstowne Towne Center will remain true to the original master plan by constructing four office buildings at a site on the Kingstowne Village Parkway where parking pads are currently located. Planners believe that additional office space makes Kingstowne more vibrant and economically strong by attracting desirable retailers, restaurants, etc.
Springfield Mall Revitalization
In addition to the Towne Center projects, the nearby Springfield Mall will become a mixed-use town center that will include retail shops, a hotel, residential buildings and office space. The project will be phased in over the course of the next eight to ten years.
Hilltop Village Center
Wegmen’s Grocery Store in Kingstowne? Perhaps soon. The Hilltop Sand and Gravel Company owns of 150 acres at the intersection of Beulah St and Telegraph Rd. They have proposed a complex of office, retail and residential uses.The project is to include recreation facilities: two soccer fields, a tot lot and parking.
Regional Library/Lee Village at Silver Lake
Now under construction along Beulah Street near Manchester Lakes Boulevard, a regional library and mixed use housing development is expected to provide housing for the elderly and county essential professionals, such as teachers and nurses.
Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Meeting Facility
Along Beulah, the VFW is building a two-story edifice with administrative offices, a bingo hall and as a meeting and recreational place for VFW members.