Manassas Park City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $55 million retail and residential development they voted down less than a month ago.
The proposed 14-acre development known as Park Place at The Station will be built after all. The council voted 5-1 to approve the project; councilman Suhas Naddoni was absent and councilman Preston Banks voted against the project.
In an Aug. 1 meeting, the council voted against the development in a 4-3 vote.
The developers of the project, Digital Park LLC, appeared before council again Tuesday and to amend the proffer conditions, saying they would now pay the city $1 million in water tap fees up front, add 5,000 feet of retail space to the project—2,500 in phase I and 2,500 in phase II—on top of everything else they intially told the city would be done including some $4.5 million in proffer agreements.
Owners of the project previously said in a council meeting that they would put forth a $500,000 commercial deposit in escrow within two months of the closing of the residential parcel.
The developers said they would agree to let the zoning of the property change back to business if they didn't start the phase one of the projet within 24 months. Phase one is slated for Manassas Drive and Railroad Avenue near the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter station in Manassas Park.
Phase two of the project will be on now-vacant property across Manassas Drive at the intersection of Railroad Avenue.
Manassas Park Vice Mayor Bryan Polk said the main details of the amended proffer agreement that pushed the project more toward what the city envisioned for it's downtown area.
The project now has more retail space and now shows a "real commitment" that the development is going to be build, Polk added.
In late July, many Manassas Park residents spoke out for and against the development; citing the lack of business in the already constructed City Center as a negative, and the potential boost to the local economy as a positive.
The approved project is now known as Park Place at The Station, but that's not the final name, Manassas Park Economic Development Director Vanessa Watson said at an earlier meeting. The final name isn't clear, but it won't have the words "park," "place," or "station" in it, she added.
Patch editor Lauren Jost contributed to this story.
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