The “word on the street” has for a long time been that changes are coming to the area around Anderson Road. With the new Silver Line metro station coming down the street things have really started heating up. The transformation started with the old “shady” Safeway property being replaced by a wonderful new Safeway and new attached storefronts. Multiple other proposals are pending or approved (Scotts Run Station North, Scotts Run Stream Valley Parc/Mitre and at the Capital One property.)
Up next seems to be the 21 acre area currently occupied by the apartment complex The Commons. The Commons currently consists of 12 low-rise garden style apartment buildings with a total of 331 rental units.
The Development Plan includes 2 new parks(one with the potential for a U-11 soccer field) and 7 new high-rise residential buildings between 13 and 23 stories tall (135 to 235ft. ) The new buildings would house a total of ~2,500 dwelling units estimated to house 4,257 residents. About 450 of the 2,500 units will be affordable Workforce Dwelling Units (WDUs.) No retail or commercial uses are planned.
There is no timeline yet – the development is planned out in phases and could take place over years and decades depending on market conditions. The existing buildings would be rented out as usual and remain in place until being replaced with a new building (hence the still brisk leasing activity at The Commons rental center.)
The overall land value and area density is going up due to the new Silver Line metro station and developments like The Commons. The obviously have surrounding communities excited yet cautious.
Nearby communities affected by this development are The Westerlies, Pimmit Hills, Morgan at McLeanand others. Higher density means more people with traffic, cars and parking issues. Anderson Road has been a relatively quiet road and that will change for sure. Magarity Road and the back roads through Pimmit Hills will be a tempting shortcut for many to get to Rt 7 and I-66.
The feel of the area will certainly change – are speed-bumps and parking restrictions going to be necessary in the surrounding communities? No public hearing as yet been scheduled per the Fairfax County Website.