Ryland Homes is preparing to break ground on an 82-unit town home development—the second such townhouse community to take shape in Manassas Park over the last several months.
The new development, dubbed Belmont Reserve, will sit in front of Belmont Station, at the corner of Manassas and Andrew Drives, said Vanessa Watson, planning and zoning director for the city of Manassas Park.
The rear-loading units will face Manassas Drive while the front-loading units will face Andrew Drive, according to the plans for the community.
The developer and builder will also create four new streets for the community.
Ryland Homes, the owner of the site and the builder of the homes, hopes to have the project complete this year, but as with any project, it really depends on the weather, Watson said.
Ryland contracted William Hazel Inc. to clear and grade the site and prepare it for the homes, Watson said.
The site was once owned by Lawrence K. Doll, who owned several properties in Manassas Park, such as the shopping center and the 7-Eleven across Andrew Drive from Belmont Reserve. Doll is also a part of Digital Park, the entity that is responsible for the proposed mixed-use Manassas Park development The Palisades, formerly known as Park Place at The Station.
Doll sold the land where Belmont Reserve will be built to Emad Sadeeh, who in turn sold it to Ryland Homes, Watson said.
Before he sold the land, Doll appeared before Manassas Park City Council in December 2010, and told its members he wanted to build a town home development called Glory Hill there. Council approved that project, even though it was rejected by the city's planning commission, an advisory body to city council.
Just before council made its 4-1 decision in favor of the homes, several residents spoke against the project, saying they wanted business to be built there instead of homes.
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