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Council Approves Townhouse Development for Old Town

The Manassas City Council has approved the building of an up-scale townhouse development on a vacant lot in Old Town.

The Manassas City Council has approved

The council voted 4-2 to approve Van Metre's request to build 58 brick townhouses on a 3.2 acre lot that stretches from Zebedee Street to Fairview Avenue and Quarry Road to Center Street.

The original plan called for 59 townhomes to be built but the developer axed the extra unit in order A Fir tree was also saved in the approved development.

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Scarlet December 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM
I hope city council realizes that in August they approved 32 townhouse on Prescott between Cherry and Quarry. Now they approved 58 townhouses on Quarry not even 1/4 of a mile away. That is 90 new homes in a small, quaint neighborhood. Wouldn't it have been nice to see one of those parcels as a nice park for children to play, people to walk their dogs, families to picnic, any number of things. I was happy to see two council members had some sense to vote no. The philiosophy, "build it and they will come." What happens to already crowded classrooms? All these new housing developments and where do all the children go? WAKE UP. You're allowing developers and one lawyer (Van der Poole) to become rich and taking from away from the small town feel of Manassas in hopes someone of higher income "might" want to move here!
Carolyn December 15, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I am disappointed with this decision. Single family homes or a park on that land would have been more appropriate. The City of Manassas already has enough high density development and lacks green space. Additionally, many MCPS are at capacity adding more students only compounds the problem. Then again, who cares about grass and class size when you can increase your tax base? The approval to cram 58 townhomes on a 3.2 acrea lot clearly indicates that money is valued more than the our quality of life.
Erin Gibson (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 03:42 PM
You are right, Carolyn that is a lot of townhouses in a small, tight area. I would hope the developer is required to widen the roads around here for ease of traffic flow with all the additional people going in and out. Still, some homeowners in the area are thinking the development will increase the property values of their homes, which will help some people out a lot if this happens.
Howard 2374 December 26, 2011 at 09:48 PM
I would prefer single family homes, too. However, these 90 townhomes between Prescott and Zebedee are at least within walking distance of Old Town, grocery stores, hardware stores, drug stores, and the Train Station for commuting to DC. Nevertheless, one wonders what the tax burden will be on the city for the police, fire, schools, water, sewage, and trash pick-up required to support the residents of these 90 townhomes. Will it be a net plus to the city coffers, or a net negative. If it is a net negative, it would cause one to speculate on why the 'city fathers' would support the developers. Especially since the city is going to expand the runway at Manassas airport.

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