Civic Association Newsletter

January/February 1997 - Volume 20, No. 4


Madison Homes, Inc., of McLean, Virginia, proposes to develop a townhouse project at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of North Washington Boulevard and North Nelson Street. The project would be called "Ballston Station."

The subject site consists of 57,400 square feet (1.317 acres). The site is currently zoned "R-5." The applicant has submitted a rezoning request with the site plan to rezone the site to "R- 10T" in order to permit the townhouse development. The General Land Use Plan (GLUP) designation for this site is "Low Residential" (1 to 10 units per acre). "R-10T" is one of the zoning districts compatible with this designation. The site plan proposal is for 13 units, which represents a proposed density of 9.87 units per acre. A total of 26 garage and 7 surface parking spaces are provided, for a total of 33 spaces. The parking requirement under "R-10T" is 2.5 spaces per unit, or 33 spaces. In addition, 26 spaces are provided in unit driveways, for a grand total of 59 spaces. Site coverage is proposed to be 44%.

According to the applicant, the proposed Ballston Station has been designed to provide a high caliber development which will be an asset to the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association area. The 13 townhouses are located in 4 different townhouse buildings, resulting in 3 buildings of 3 units each and 1 building of 4 units. Therefore, 8 of the 13 units are end townhouse units, representing more than 60% of the units in the development.

The proposed townhouses at Ballston Station have been set back from North Washington Boulevard, providing for a landscaped park area at the corner of North Washington Boulevard and North Nelson Street and along the entire North Washington Boulevard frontage of the site.

A single private street entry into the development has been created off of North Nelson Street, between two townhouse buildings. The end units of both of these townhouse buildings will have their front entry along North Nelson Street.

None of the townhomes in Ballston Station will back directly onto the neighboring streets. Lots 1, 2, and 3, where the rear of the units face toward North Washington Boulevard are set back more than 100 feet from North Washington Boulevard by the landscaped park area and will feature a 6 foot high brick wall with columns and wood gates at the back of the rear yard of these units.

The rear yards of other units in Ballston Station will be enclosed with 5 foot wood privacy fencing with 4 foot gates, except where brick walls will be built at the end of townhouses facing toward either North Washington Boulevard or North Nelson Street.

Description of Proposed Townhouses

All of the townhouse units will feature brick fronts and optional rear decks. Two different townhouses ("Unit A" and "Unit B") have been designed for Ballston Station by Devereaux & Associates.

Unit A is the end unit, featuring the front entry into the unit on the side or end of the townhouse building. This provides for the front entry of these units facing directly onto North Washington Boulevard or North Nelson Street. The proposed Unit A townhouses will be approximately 2,365 square feet, 26 feet wide, and 38 feet deep (36 feet on the ground floor level). Each Unit A townhouse will include: 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, 2 car garage, and 2 car driveway.

Unit B is the interior unit, featuring a front entry with a "volume foyer." The proposed Unit B townhouses will be approximately 2,225 square feet, increasing to approximately 2,623 square feet with the optional loft. Each Unit B townhouse will be 26 feet wide, and 34 feet deep, including front and rear bays on the levels 2 and 3. Also, each Unit B townhouse will include: 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, 2 car garage, and 2 car driveway.

The Civic Association has invited representatives of the applicant to make a presentation on the proposed Ballston Station preliminary site plan at our Wednesday, January 29, 1997, Membership Meeting, at the Hilton Hotel, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, above the Ballston Metro Station. If you have any questions or comments about this proposed townhouse project, we invite you to bring them to our Membership Meeting. This item is scheduled for presentation from approximately 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. This proposal is expected to be reviewed by the Site Plan Review Subcommittee of the Planning Commission in February 1997. As of the time of printing this Newsletter, no site plan number had been assigned and no meeting dates had been set.

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