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Planning Commission endorses zoning special exception for vacant buildings

The property owner can’t find tenants for the Versar buildings.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Sept. 14 recommended approval of a zoning special exception to allow additional uses for a property containing two vacant office buildings in the Springfield area of Mason District.

The 16.5-acre site at 6800 Versar Center is located between the beltway and the Virginia Railway Express and adjacent to the I-395/I-495 interchange. A resource protection area (RPA) and Environmental Quality Corridor cover a large portion of the property, which is zoned for industrial uses (I-5).

The applicant, Versar Property Owner LLC, has been unable to lease the four-story buildings so is requesting the property be used for other purposes.

The company, however, doesn’t have a specific use in mind. It either wants to repurpose the office buildings or demolish them and redevelop the site.

The Planning Committee held a hearing on the proposal in July, which resulted in a split decision, thus requiring a second hearing. The application goes to the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 26.

The Resource Protection Area on the Versar property.

At the Sept. 14 hearing, the Planning Commission approved several development conditions:

  • A special exception would be required if a data center is proposed. Normally, a data center could be approved by right on a property zoned I-5.
  • If the site is developed with heavy vehicle repair or sales, all vehicle maintenance must be done within a structure.
  • All water quality treatment must be done on-site.
  • The applicant must submit a Water Quality Impact Assessment concurrent with a site plan.
  • If the site is used for building materials storage, no outdoor storage would be allowed within 50 feet of the RPA.
  • If there is a dumpster on site, it must be at least 50 feet away from the RPA. A water quality facility must be nearby to treat potential runoff from the dumpster.
  • At least 2 percent of the parking spaces must be used for electric vehicle charging stations.
  • The applicant must seek green building certification.

One response to “Planning Commission endorses zoning special exception for vacant buildings

  1. Uhm how about sediment drying location for lake Accotink dredging!?? Why can’t the county staff use basic logic to recognize opportunities? Because they already decided they want to sell Lake Accotink to developers.

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