Area residents could soon see the construction of a $45 million assisted-living facility in the Chantilly area, as well as a new stand-alone BB&T Bank branch at the Centreville Village Center plaza, developers told a citizen’s land-use committee Tuesday night.
The Western Fairfax County Citizens Association Land-Use Committee on Tuesday heard proposals for the separate projects, but took no action. Both groups will have to return to seek the panel’s recommendations when their plans become more fully developed.
New bank branch
Bob Lawrence, a representative of BB&T, told the panel the bank wants to build a new 3,000-square-foot branch at the extreme south end of the shopping center along Stone Road, near Braddock Road. The one-story building will have a walk-in lobby, three drive-thru tellers, an ATM and the bank’s 25-foot iconic glass tower at the entrance. Lighting and signage will be adjusted so it won’t annoy the neighbors, Lawrence said.
It will replace an existing branch at the shopping center on Stone Road near Stonecraft Boulevard, Lawrence said.
Jim Hart, a member of the appeals board who attended the meeting as an audience participant, said the proposed site has been difficult for developers because it is small and adjacent to an underground gas pipeline. Plans from two gas stations and a fast-food restaurant fell apart because of the site’s limitations, he said.
New assisted living facility
Representatives from the retirement developer, Smith/Packet, told the panel that their company plans to build The Crossings, an independent living/skilled nursing facility, on a vacant 8.5-acre site along Centreville Road near Rachel Carson Middle School. The 150-unit, four-story independent living building would be separate from the 166-bed nursing facility, said Jonathan Puvak, an attorney assisting in the project.
The assisted living facility will have multiple amenities, like a physical recreation area, hair salon and an activity center, and varying levels of care, said Rob Loftis, a Smith/Packett senior development manager. The average age of those in assisted care facilities is about 76 years old, Loftis said.
“This will allow those living in the facility to age in place,” Loftis said. “Even as the level of care that a person needs increases as they get older, they can remain in the facility without moving, which is an advantage.”
The plan is to be reviewed by the county planning commission on Nov. 8, Loftis said. If the permitting goes quickly, construction could begin sometime next year, with a completion date about 15-months later. Once finished, the facility will generate about 100 new jobs for area residents, he said.