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Proposed Manassas Drive Development Gets New Name

The developers of the site, Digital Park LLC, have long intended to charge the name of Park Place at The Station, a proposed mixed-use development.

A planned, mixed-use development on Manassas Drive and Railroad Drive in Manassas Park now has a new name.

The development known as Park Place at The Station is now called The Palisades, Vanessa Watson, Manassas Park Planning and Zoning director, said.

Watson said in a previous report that developers of the project, Digital Park LLC, did intend to change the name of development to one that does not include the words, “park,” “place” or “station.”

The developers of The Palisades haven’t started preparing the site for construction yet, as the site is still being reviewed by the city, she said.

The $55 million, 14-acre project bussiness and residental project was approved on Aug. 21 by Manassas Park City Council in a 5-1 vote just weeks after it voted against the project in a 4-3 vote.

The approving vote came after the developers of the project appeared before council on Aug. 21 to amend the proffer conditions, saying they would 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 initially told the city would be done, including some $4.5 million in proffer agreements.

The owners told council at a previously 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 phase one of the project 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 Drive.

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Shawn December 05, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I reserve judgment on this place, but MP does not have a good track record with towne centers. See City Center as an example of getting business to move in.
Sean Park December 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I'm new to the community and do not know the history or the politics behind city center but i would think one of the reason would be that there just isn't enough parking spaces convient to the stores for the customer to park their vehicles. The parallel parking spaces are too close to the traffic and dangerous when exiting the vehicle. There is an open lot next to the building. Why couldn't that been converted to parking spaces?
Kris Day December 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Sean, welcome to The Park! I hope you enjoy it here as much as my family does - it is a really unique and special place. I agree with you - the parking situation appears awful there. I think that a garage in that space adjacent to City Center makes a lot of sense. And the parking must be free to the public to encourage any shoppers.
Duane Snodgrass December 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I would love to see some mom & pop shops in the development. The last thing we need is more mattress, cell phone, pay-day lending and other type stores. How about some gift shops like old town Manassas, an independent coffee or tea shop? Make it a true local shopping destination.
Shawn December 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Duane Snodgrass it is not going to happen. I refer you to City Center
Bloomie December 07, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Palisades??? Next thing you know they'll want to change the name of Manassas Dr to Rodeo Dr. BTW, don't be surprised when they lower the speed limit to 25 for the rest of the road and the storefronts remain empty.

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