Mount Vernon: Looking Ahead

Mount Vernon: Looking Ahead

Development is underway along Route 1.

The development in the former Penn Daw Plaza shopping center is set to include 400 apartments and 41 townhomes.

The development in the former Penn Daw Plaza shopping center is set to include 400 apartments and 41 townhomes. Image courtesy of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation

Penn Daw area of U.S. Route 1

The former Penn Daw Plaza shopping center was rezoned as part of a 2012 Comprehensive Plan amendment for the Penn Daw area and is set to be replaced by a mixed-use development called One Kings. One Kings will feature 400 apartments, 41 townhomes and ground-level retail. The Shelby, a luxury apartment community at 6200 N Kings Highway, has already been built out by Insight Properties.

North Hill area

33-acres along U.S. Rt. 1 by Lockheed Blvd.

In March members of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing authority voted in favor of moving forward with interim agreement to develop the remaining 33 acres of North Hill. (Fifteen out of a 1981 land purchase have been developed as Woodley Hills Estates.) The Community Housing Partners of Virginia and Philadelphia-based developer Pennrose partnership has proposed building 329 multi-family apartments in two separate buildings, 144 townhomes and leaving some space for a park. A number of the units would be designated households with lower incomes.

New Fairfield Inn & Suites

6421 U.S. Rt. 1

The Hersha Group has finished with demolition of the Fairview Motel and obtained construction permits to move forward with a new 108-room development renamed Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Ross Dress for Less

Mount Vernon Crossroads shopping center, 7802 U.S. Rt. 1

The off-price retail chain opened its Mount Vernon location March 7.


Buffalo Wild Wings opened on Route 1 March 23.

Buffalo Wild Wings

7732 U.S. Route 1

The chicken wings, beer and sports-focused restaurant opened March 23 in the building that formerly housed Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant.


Gold’s Gym is still working on a $2 million expansion in its U.S. Rt. 1 location.

Gold’s Gym

7770 U.S. Route 1

Once the site of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Gold’s is undergoing a $2 million expansion while continuing to operate. No overall completion date has been released, however work is finished on a new saltwater pool.

Widening of Richmond Highway Still Underway

3.5 miles of U.S. Rt. 1 between Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and Telegraph Road

The $180 million project to widen Route 1 from four to six lanes, while also accommodating mass transit, bicycles and walking, is expected to be completed in 2016.


The Parker residential development is going up adjacent to the Huntington Metro station.

The Parker at Huntington Station

Adjacent to the Huntington Metro on Huntington Ave.

The decades-old VSE office building situated by the Huntington Metro was torn down and is set to be replaced a 390-unit, four-to-six-story residential development, as well as a 15-story, 260,000 square foot office-retail building and a 150-room hotel. Rezoning and a site plan were approved in 2012, and apartments and a parking garage are currently under construction.


From left, Bob Farr, Wegmans Virginia division manager; Jennifer Stickles, Wegmans marketing; Heather Gole, Wegmans Virginia human resources division manager; Mike Dempsey, Alexandria Wegmans store manager; Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations and Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager.

Wegmans at Hilltop Village Center

Corner of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street

The long-awaited grocery experiencing destination is scheduled to open June 14 at 7 a.m. The 126,000-square-foot store includes a full-service “Pub” bar-restaurant. Though Wegmans isn’t known for grand opening celebrations, there will be a kickoff event in September to mark the opening of the entire shopping center.

Sources: Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) and land use aide, Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) and land use aide, and Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation.