1. Thanks for publishing this and for the kind words. It’s been a tough couple of years following this project, and I’ve had help along the way (thanks, Rohini).
    I would like to know how others feel about the development as it is currently proposed – pros, cons and don’t cares.

    1. Lisa, I agree with you entirely. For all the reasons you have identified, Mason Row will degrade our quality of life by creating an architectural eyesore that blocks out the sun and creates a traffic mess the likes of which will make the current conditions on Rte 7 seem like a walk in the park. the question is: does anyone on the Council care, or are enough of the members so deep in the pocket of the developer that they will approve it despite its insurmountable flaws?

      1. I believe some of the council members are still opposed to this project as they can see past the projected revenue stream to the problems it will bring.
        I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to speak out now about this project. I fear the council members decisions will already be determined before the public hearing, followed by a vote, in December 14.

  2. Anyone know the woman who spoke at the Planning Commission meeting on November 16 in opposition to the development? I believe she said her name is Lisa Maher (sp?) and she works as an Urban Planner. It would be great if we could get her to speak at the Council meeting on the 14th.

    1. Check w/the planning off – meeting minutes should identify her.

      1. Planning office …..

  3. It is important to note that data from the Virginia department of transportation shows total traffic volumes on Falls Church city roads DROPPED from 2007 to 2014 (see http://www.virginiadot.org/info/ct-trafficcounts.asp.)

    So folks should tone down the rhetoric about “crippling” traffic and the inevitable “constant stream of traffic.” Even with the development that’s occurred in the city since 2007 people are driving less. For a website that purports to focus on credibility and fairness, these kinds of “facts” are important for a reasonable debate.

  4. Robert –
    I appreciate your comments and information. I am basing my traffic concern on the Traffic Impact Analysis report Spectrum Development commissioned and provided to staff. On page 38, it shows 1045 vehicles PER DAY for the theater alone. That is in addition to the 141 for office use, and the 2799 for specialty retail, The total net daily trips for the project is 5874 , with the net NEW trips being 4674.
    All of these numbers can be viewed on page 38 of the TIA , which can be found at http://fallschurchva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4688

  5. Lisa: Thank you for all your hard work on Mason Row. Many people, including myself, really appreciate the time you took to research the details and engage with the council on this and provide information to us all. Many thanks.

    1. Thanks, Alison. It’s just too bad the City Council felt the potential revenue outweighed the obvious risks….
      The next one to watch is the Tradition Place project, slated for the 800 block of W Broad Street – less than a block from the eastern edge of Mason Row. It, too, will request a special exception for height, with the potential to be 85 feet tall. On the plus side, though, this proposal would join two smaller parcels of land, contain 60 one and two bedroom (no dens) CONDOs and the company developing the project would be moving their business into the new building.

  6. I received email notification someone had recently commented on this, but I don’t see a new comment. Yet, I do want to let interested parties know the developer has submitted the site plan for this project. If you are interested, you can view the plans at either Mary Riley Styles library or City Hall.
    The site plans will be a topic of discussion at tonight’s (12/7/16) AAB meeting and the Planning Commission’s work session, to be held immediately following the 12/19 meeting.

  7. I am glad you posted an update on Mason Row. There has been little discussion about the status of this project. Are there any major changes that were made? I will look at the plans. Thank you.

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