City Council Meeting Digest

Posted on: April 6, 2017

April 3, 2017 Work Session

Broad & Washington Project Discussion
Insight Property Group presented on their proposed mixed-use development on the corner of East Broad Street and North Washington Street.  This is the third submission by Insight Property Group for property development on the site. Significant changes found in this submission include the removal of a proposed grocery store, doubling the office square footage, adding the Creative Cauldron, and increasing retail space by 28%.


City Staff discussed the following changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan Map, the Official Zoning Map, and Special Exceptions for this proposed development project:

  • Amending the Comprehensive Plan from Commercial to Mixed-Use in order to accommodate the mixture of residential, retail, and office commercial uses.
  • Rezoning the project site from T-1 (Transitional) to B-2 (Central Business) to accommodate the proposed mixed-used development.
  • Passing two Special Exceptions which would be needed for the proposed mixed-use development: 
    • Allowing residential development within a mixed-use project.
    • A bonus height above the by-height permitted in the B-2 zoning district.

Members of the City Council, the Planning Commission, and Economic Development Authority presented comments and questions to the applicant on issues such as:

  • Parking availability for the project, included the potential for on-street parking and ensuring connectivity between public and private parking lots.
  • Quality of life impacts, such as providing a creative space for the broader community and residential density.
  • Ensuring affordable dwelling units (ADUs) within the residential portion of the development.
  • Building height concerns for neighboring businesses, including Clare and Don's and Argias, and nearby houses.
  • Developing at a higher density Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to at least 3.5.

A project summary and application materials for Broad and Washington project may be viewed on the city’s web page: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/1648/Broad-Washington-Project.


Capital Improvements Program (CIP)

City Staff provided City Council with an overview of active and proposed capital projects, community engagement efforts, the Planning Commission recommendation, project delivery schedule and funding implications.

The Assistant City Manager presented a list of accomplished and in-progress CIP projects as well as the City's community engagement efforts. The Assistant City Manager then presented a full summary of all General Fund and Transportation CIP projects, including total cost breakdown and delivery schedules for each project.

A question was raised if there were additional school related needs that were not listed in the current CIP project summary. The FCCPS Superintendent responded that the current CIP did not address over-enrollment at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, which the FCCPS School Board planned to discuss at an upcoming meeting.

The City Manager raised a concern about multiple projects going on at the same time since some of the larger proposed CIP facility projects were initially planned to be spaced out, but the timelines are now compressed.  A discussion between City Council and City Staff followed on what larger facility projects could be paused or scaled back to accommodate both the timeline and cost concerns, focusing on the City Hall and Library improvement projects.

Miller House
City Staff updated City Council on developing the Miller House, a group home for persons with disabilities. Community Residences (CR) was selected as the builder after an RFP was issued. However, during the process of developing a Comprehensive Agreement between the City and the CR, it was discovered that the terms of the RFP could not be met because of an inability of CR to obtain the necessary financing.


City Staff and a CR representative presented the council with three options:

  1. Continue to negotiate with Community Residences under the terms of the original RFP.
  2. Develop a new RFP with different terms and issue that revised RFP and allow the non-profit community to respond on a competitive basis.
  3. Reconsider this use for the property.

City Council, City Staff, and CR discussed the following:

  • An option to transfer the land to CR with a "clawback" agreement so that the land would eventually be given back to the City.
  • The financial options had CR already consulted.
  • If either the City or CR approached either the State of Virginia for a grant or a private funding source to help pay for the facility

The Mayor concluded the discussion reiterating the goal of this facility having a home in the community.

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