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Planning Commission OKs Fair Lakes PNC Bank

It's on to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the proposed PNC Bank in Fair Lakes.

The Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee gave it a thumbs-up in October. And last week, the Planning Commission added its seal of approval, as well.

PNC HOPES to open on the site of the former Tiaz Restaurant in the Fair Lakes Promenade Shopping Center. The facility's been vacant for a long time, and the bank would take shape there, with an entrance off Monument Drive. The existing parking would stay the same.

According to Kevin Crown, a senior planner with The Peterson Cos., the building would be one-story and more than 4,100 square feet. All four sides would mainly be brick, and some architectural steel and glass would highlight the lobby area.

The bank would have a drive-through area comprised of two lanes, an ATM and a bypass lane around it all. The drive-through window is planned for the north side of the building and would be covered by a canopy.

But before all these ideas can come to fruition, PNC Bank must obtain two things from the county. It needs a Final Development Plan Amendment (FDPA) eliminating that shopping center's development condition barring drive-through windows from its premises.

It also needs a proffered-condition amendment (PCA) adding drive-in banks to those conditions as one of the uses permitted there.

Land-use attorney Frank McDermott, also representing PNC, said the proffers would be revised so this bank would be the only drive-through allowed in the entire, Fair Lakes Promenade Shopping Center.

Crown expected it to take roughly eight to 10 months to obtain approval and construction permits. And if all goes well, he hoped to see this bank under construction by October 2007.

Last Thursday, Dec. 7, the Planning Commission approved both the PCA and the FDPA. It has the final say on the latter action, but the PCA still needs one more approval. Toward that end, PNC Bank is scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 8.