|Article Prepared By Robert Michie
Trails and Sidewalk Committee, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 29 June 2014
Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. has filed a request to construct a CVS Pharmacy on their property in the Lee Planning District (Tax Map #094-1 ((78)) B, D, and E).
The requestor is asking Fairfax County to waive the bicycle trail construction requirement that the request requires. Specifically, waive the requirement for an on-road bicycle lane on the Richmond Highway (Route 1) frontage.
Map 1: Map of Subject Area: Site of future CVS property (in yellow)
Map 1 shows the property, which is located in the Richmond Highway/Route One Corridor Commercial Area of the Hybla Valley Planning District. The property is a consolidated corner lot at the intersection of Lockheed Boulevard and Richmond Highway. Fordson Road is residential to the south and commercial to the north. The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for the Richmond Highway Corridor plans for a predominately retail/industrial character for properties adjoining Richmond Highway and a mixture of residential uses just a block away on either side of the Highway.
Richmond Highway has existing four-foot wide sidewalks in the area. A service road is available from the CVS property that goes south for a half-mile. There is a busy bus stop on Richmond Highway near the southeast corner of the property.
The property is also bounded by Fordson Road and Lockheed Boulevard. Both thoroughfares have existing four-foot sidewalks on both sides. The property in the map labeled "Fordson Manor" is actually a Verizon Telephone service structure, and there is a gap in the sidewalk connecting property 78C to it.
During the field check on 22 June, only four bicyclists were observed going through the area in a 15 minute period. However, there were were 37 pedestrians moving through the area, and half of them were starting or ending their trips at the bus stop in Photo 1.
Field Check 22 June 2014
Approve the Waiver for the following reasons:
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