Monday, May 12, 2008

Bristow Commons: Just Say NO

Bristow Commons - Great Idea Wrong Location!

According to their website, “Bristow Commons is an upscale mixed-use lifestyle center that infuses up to 90k square feet of much needed retail and office in the vast expanse of residential developments in the Linton Hall corridor of Prince William County, Northern Virginia. Approximately 55-70ksf of retail & retail services and 15-20ksf of office space is envisioned”, ~ Bristowcommons.com

Do we really need another shopping center off Linton Hall and Devlin Road? Does traffic ring a bell to local commuters? Let’s face it one unique aspect of living in this side of Prince William County is the feeling of vastness and the open space. Regardless of what they say, Bristow Commons is another strip mall and potentially can be an eye sore to local residents, devalue homes because of the proximity to the future stores, and may adversely impact the surrounding neighborhood of Sheffield Manor, Bridle Wood Manor, Linton Hall Crest, and the Victory Lakes communities.

Did the developer(s) research the long termed impact or potential harm to the environment? Or better yet, do they even live in Bristow or Gainesville, Virginia? There is nothing wrong with any future business development expansion for communities in Bristow or Gainesville. The developers really need to sit down and think this through. The Linton Hall Road and the Devlin Road is not designed to take additional overflow traffic from Gainesville or Manassas, Virginia.
Bristow Common anticipates ground breaking in the spring of 2009. Local residents are encouraged to contact Wally Covington with regards to additional land use and commercial development off Linton Hall Road/Devlin Road. His address is:

Wally Covington
Brentsville District

8506 Wellington Rd. Manassas, VA 20109Office Phone: (703) 792-6190Office Fax: (703) 257-9792 wcovington@pwcgov.org

Date Published: 2008-04-30 06:38:20

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K.M.G. says: IMO, it's not too late to turn this around. We can ask the BOCS to have another hearing, especially given that full disclosure was not made to residents at the time the developer marketed this to the public, many of whom had not prior knowledge of this proposal.

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