Trail Waiver #0438-WTL-001-1:
Franconia Moose Lodge
7701 Beulah Street

 
  Article Prepared By Robert Michie
NMTC, Lee District
Last Reviewed: 27 February 2006
Version 1.3
 
 

Summary:

The subject area is located on the east side of Beulah Street, just south of the intersection of Beulah Street and Kingstowne Village Parkway. A Plan Change triggered the trail requirement. The Lodge is remodeling its building.

The applicant is required to provide an 8-foot wide Type 1 trail along its property frontage.  Applicant's Request: Wave the construction of a trail because of the following issues:

  1. There is already a sidewalk on the site.

[ Franconia Moose Lodge on Beulah Street ]

Figure 1: Map of Subject Area

Discussion:

Figure 1 shows that this area of Beulah Street has single family and multifamily subdivisions clustered around the Beulah Street and Kingstowne Village Parkway intersection. Many large parcels are located to the east and south of the Lodge. The largest parcel is a quarry site to the southeast of the Lodge. Beulah Street itself runs south into Fort Belvoir, which will get perhaps a third of the scheduled Base Area Realignment Committee (BRAC) buildup scheduled for the Fort Belvoir installation (Fairfax County thinks that most of the "Fort Belvoir" augmentation is going to the Engineer Proving Ground parcel, further to the west). Beulah Street has a sidewalk network and on-road bike lanes that connect to similar features along Telegraph Road.

Field Check  25 November 2005

The photograph shows the existing sidewalk area around the Franconia Moose Lodge.

[ Franconia Moose Lodge  Sidewalk Area ]

This is a typical sidewalk configuration for Beulah Street: Beulah features a six foot wide bike lane next to the curb. Just beyond the curb is a 20-inch wide ornamental grass strip, and next to the grass strip is a six-foot wide asphalt trail.

The area beyond the inside edge of the sidewalk is free of shrubbery, telephone poles, masonry structures, and other obstructions through most of the frontage of the property. Widening the six-foot trail to eight feet is not going to be difficult.

Recommendation:

Deny the Waiver for the following reasons:

  1. There are no obstructions preventing the widening of the walking path.

 

 

 
 

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