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Redevelopment Plans for 240-Unit Lake Anne Fellowship House Moving Forward

by Dave Emke — August 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm 8 Comments

Efforts to construct a new Lake Anne Fellowship House facility are continuing to progress.

Fellowship Square Foundation and the Community Preservation and Development Corporation are moving forward with zoning approval and entitlements needed for the redevelopment of the affordable senior apartment community located at 11448-11450 North Shore Drive, they recently said.

“As Reston rents skyrocket, affordable rental opportunities for those seniors and people with disabilities and low incomes are scarce,” said Eddie Byrne, FSF board member. “Fellowship Square is dedicated to ensuring that there will be not just affordable, but state-of-the art housing in our community.”

The new building, which is planned for the eastern portion of the property, would replace all 240 apartment units in the existing 1970s-era facility. Residents would remain in their current living space until the new facility is complete, and after they are transferred the old buildings would be destroyed. The portion of the property left unused would be sold for residential development, and the proceeds from the sale would help support the cost of the LAFH building project.

Local brokerage firm MAC Realty Advisors has been selected as a broker for this portion of the site.

The filing of the entitlements application is targeted for early autumn. Its approval would be followed by final design, building permits and construction. Project completion is targeted for the third quarter of 2021.

The collaboration between Fellowship Square and CPDC comes after several years of on-again, off-again plans for redevelopment of the property. Most recently, in 2013, the foundation had an agreement with Cafritz Interests and Novus Development for new housing on the site. That effort fell through by September 2014, which the foundation said was “due to our inability to advance our land use proposal in a manner that will produce the best possible outcome for our residents.”

CPDC is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing.

“We are excited about moving this project forward through the necessary County and local approvals,” said Christopher LoPiano, CPDC senior vice president.

For more information, visit www.fellowshipsquare.org or www.cpdc.org.

Illustration via Fellowship Square Foundation and CPDC

  • Arielle in NoVA

    I like the idea of working it so the residents don’t have to move until their new digs are ready – that’s a huge plus – but the proposal brings up some siting issues.

    1) New buildings would be very close to that intersection, which will most likely get widened or changed to a different sort of connection between 606 and North Shore at some point;

    2) because of this, the entrance drive and crosswalk would also end up closer to – if not in – the intersection; have safety and traffic studies been done regarding this?;

    3) I seem to remember the new location is a little farther from the plaza (and thus shopping) but at the same time it’s at a more similar elevation (fewer/lower hills to traverse in bad weather). Has anyone thought through what the pros and cons of this are?

    • 30yearsinreston

      Architectural and other placement issues dont rate in assessment

    • Greg

      Wasn’t the plan at one point to move that short stub of Village road to the west?

  • Lake Anne Resident

    Lake Anne Revitalization?

    • 40yearsinreston

      increased residential without infrastructure is not revitalization

  • 40yearsinreston

    more tower apartments and traffic on North Shore Drive
    Hudgins will be pleased

  • OvertheHorizon

    Sadly, these 240 or more new senior residents will be lacking the nearby shopping and other local services that were to have been a part of the well-designed Lake Anne Revitalization plan which Fairfax County and neighboring property owners drove away.

    • Greg

      They won’t be new senior residents, will they?

      Either way, without nearby shopping and other local services, perhaps that property is not suitable anymore for low income, senior and disabled residents?

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