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Decision on Kensington Assisted Living Facility Delayed

by Fatimah Waseem January 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm 7 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors deferred a decision on a proposal to bring a 91-unit assisted living facility to 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive amid backlash from residents neighboring the project.

At a Tuesday night meeting, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said she wanted to work with residents and the developer Kensington Senior Development to tackle concerns raised by residents over several months.

During the meeting, residents continued to protest the location of the two-to-three story building, which they said was shoehorned onto 1.8 acres. The new structure, which would replaces Good Beginning School, a child care facility, is more than eight times larger than the current building. The facility would include up to 125 beds and up to 91 rooms.

Responding to residents’ concerns about limited privacy and the overwhelming nature of the plan, Hudgins said the application was “difficult” even though “the zoning is what the zoning is.”

“The zoning change has been made and it is an acceptable development in the center,” she said. “It’s just difficult for the neighbors to accept as far as the size and the screening that is provided.”

The board will vote on the project on Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m — a delay that allows Hudgins says allows the stakeholders to settle concerns.

The developer’s representative, Mark Looney of Cooley LLP, pointed to the “evolution” of the plan since it was originally proposed. After back and forth with county entities like the Design Review Board, the developer scaled back the plan by reducing the number of stories from five to either two or three stories.

In a November staff report, the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning recommended approval of the plan.

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  • Nyla J.

    $11,000 per bed, per month, just FYI. Fits in perfectly with the elite vision of New Reston.

    • Greg

      But they can walk to the metro line. It’s a bargain at $11,000.

      • 40yearsinreston

        No lights will be allowed

  • Greg

    “…which would replaces….”

  • dick

    the Design Review Board in not a “county entity”…

  • John Higgins

    And a special “thank you” to RA and RCA for their consistent silence in delivering this fine addition to the community. No doubt, their non-position was helpful in the DRB, Planning & Zoning, Planning Commission, and BOS considerations of this much-needed change to the boring residential nature of this portion of the community. (I hope Ms. Petrini has not been ostracized for breaking ranks with the silent majority.)

  • 40yearsinreston

    Another Hudgins charette will fix it

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