Fairfax: What’s on the City’s Horizon

Fairfax: What’s on the City’s Horizon

Multifamily homes and redevelopment

Artist’s rendition of The Enclave north condo building (top, front view; bottom, rear view).

Artist’s rendition of The Enclave north condo building (top, front view; bottom, rear view). Nabti, Paul

— IDI-RJL Development LLC is building a residential development called The Enclave at the Mantua Professional Center on Pickett Road. The site’s zoned commercial planned development, so both office and condo uses may exist on it. There currently are some office buildings, the New School of Northern Virginia and 181 parking spaces. And The Enclave is joining them.


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Artist’s rendering of the Novus Fairfax Gateway mixed-use development.

Planned are two, four-story buildings containing 80 condos. Sixteen of the units will be one-bedroom; 48, two-bedroom; and 16, three-bedroom. The indoor amenities will include a fitness center, community room, spacious lobbies and mail/packaging rooms. The 9,000 square feet of outdoor amenities will be a fire pit with seating, patio with seats and gas grills and two lawn areas for socializing.

The condo buildings are being constructed on 3.8 wooded acres, off Silver King Court. The rest of the property will be preserved as open space for a village green for the residents, school and existing office community. A total of 128 parking spaces are planned, plus a bus shelter.

There’ll be internal access between The Enclave, the New School and the office complex. To manage stormwater runoff, water flow will be directed away from the Mantua community and the channel adjacent to Thaiss Park. The developer will also contribute $40,000 to public schools, $30,240 to parks and recreation, and $275,000 to affordable housing. This project’s site-plan has already been approved, and the condos are now in pre-sales.

Mount Vineyard

The Oak Knolls Realty Corp. has demolished the 110-unit, Oak Knolls apartment complex and will redevelop the property – to be called Mount Vineyard – with 102 brand-new condos and 30 townhouses. The site is 6 acres along Main and Oak streets in Fairfax. Planned are two, 32-unit condominium buildings with elevators; 38 stacked condo units and 30 townhomes, for 132 units total.

None will be rentals; they’ll all be for sale. The four-story, 32-unit condo buildings will have red-brick, fiber-cement siding, metal railings, stacked siding and bay windows on the corners. And a red-brick, courtyard wall along Oak Street will offer privacy to the 22-foot townhome units.

The developer will underground all utilities on site and in the adjacent rights of way on Oak and Main streets, construct a bus shelter, donate money for improvements in nearby Pat Rodio Park and contribute $550,000 to the City of Fairfax toward affordable housing. It will also do streetscape improvements, provide a pedestrian connection to the park and reduce about 95 percent of Oak Knolls’s currently unrestrained, surface water flow.

The homes will feature “green” building practices and other contemporary amenities, including rooftop terraces and garage parking. Mount Vineyard is the site of the former home of Richard Ratcliffe, the city’s original architect. The community’s design will incorporate several of the mature oak trees on Oak Street, plus a commemorative marker honoring Ratcliffe and Mount Vineyard. Preliminary site work is already well underway and completion of construction is anticipated by early 2018.


Preliminary site work on Mount Vineyard (formerly Oak Knolls) is well underway.

Novus Fairfax Gateway

Novus Fairfax Gateway LLC plans to transform part of the Kamp Washington triangle between Fairfax Boulevard and Lee Highway into a modern, community-serving, mixed-use project.

Planned for the 8.33-acre site are 403 multifamily apartments – including 24 affordable dwelling units, 29,000 square feet of first-floor retail and commercial uses. There’ll be a 4,000-square-foot office space for use by the nonprofit CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), plus a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and 11,000 square feet of residential amenities.

The commercial space and three- and four-story buildings will front on Lee Highway and Fairfax Boulevard. Five-story buildings will be centrally located and a seven-story parking garage will feature a half-story on top for a pool.

There’ll be a through street with a connection at the Bevan Drive signal at Fairfax Boulevard, plus a new, un-signalized entrance on Lee Highway. The community’s road network could correspond to the future redevelopment of the rest of the Kamp Washington triangle, while treating the section connecting Lee Highway to Fairfax Boulevard with several, traffic-calming elements to reduce cut-through traffic.

Also planned are trails connecting to adjacent properties, plus open space including a 5,600-square-foot contemplative space next to the Jermantown Cemetery. Novus will maintain this space as well as the cemetery. This project is currently in site-plan and building-permit review.

Paul VI Site Redevelopment

In 2020, Paul VI High School will move from its 18.5-acre home in the City of Fairfax to a much larger site in Loudoun County. With input from the community and City Council, developer IDI Group Cos. will redevelop this property along Fairfax Boulevard after the school leaves.

It plans to create a vibrant, mixed-use community with high-quality design and architecture. It will feature urban plazas, attractive streetscapes and open spaces, plus market-rate, affordable and senior housing. Paul VI’s building was also the original site of Fairfax High, and IDI intends to respect and preserve the property’s history. So far, the developer has presented two possible design concepts.

  • Scheme A demolishes the existing building, but constructs a replica elsewhere on the site to commemorate it. This plan also proposes 242 apartments, 260 condos, 110 townhouses, 34 units of senior, affordable apartments and 20,000 square feet of commercial/community space on the first floor of the apartment building.
  • Scheme B preserves and reuses the original portion (about 24,000 square feet) of the existing building where it is. It contains the same amount of senior housing and commercial/community space, but has 214 apartments, 219 condos and 108 townhouses.

Scheme A has denser development, with 646 total residential units; Scheme B has 575 total units. Both plans also include usable, open spaces and show the senior housing inside the school building.

Both proposals provide vehicular access to the site via an existing access point from Oak Street and several points along Fairfax Boulevard. No vehicular connections are proposed between the site and McLean, Cedar or Keith avenues. A service road would run the length of the Fairfax Boulevard frontage, and McLean Avenue would have a shared-use path.

In both proposals, the two multifamily buildings at the site’s core would be four stories high at the street and five stories in the setback, but taper off toward the nearby neighborhoods. The townhouses, mainly located closer to McLean and Cedar avenues, would be three stories. And the preserved or rebuilt portion of the school would be two stories.

Residences at Government Center

With the goal of providing workforce housing in the local area, Fairfax County is building a 270-unit apartment complex in Fair Oaks. It’s on county-owned land off Monument Drive, on the Government Center’s perimeter, so it’s named Residences at the Government Center.

On some 9 acres across from the Fairfax Corner shopping center, they’ll offer a 5,800-square-foot amenity space including an outdoor pool, fenced playground, two courtyards and connections to walking trails. The apartments will be full of green and energy-saving features and will be available to people making up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI).

In addition, at least 20 percent of the units are geared for households at or below 50 percent AMI. Paradigm Construction Co. is the general contractor and will build studio, plus one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. And since they back up to a forest, they’ll have serene and leafy views.

Because the developer was able to lease land from the county, and federal low-income, tax credits were obtained, this project is being done at no cost to the county. By providing workforce housing, many young people, low-income families and those with long commutes to jobs in the county will be able to live here.