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Builder Prepares to Break Ground on 82 Townhouses in Manassas Park

The new homes will be built at the corner of Manassas and Andrew Drives.

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, 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. 

Are you excited about Belmont Reserve? Tell us in the comments!

MP Resident 09 January 30, 2013 at 03:07 AM
What's the point in having an advisory commission when you are just going to ignore them?
Shawn January 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM
MP thinks by adding more houses that will attract business. That is a flawed thinking. My prime example is the failed City Center. MP is stuck on trying to make MP into something it is not. They keep failing just like how the MPCC Director has state that the CC will fund itself and didn’t need the cities money, but the CC has yet to do so. MP keeps pouring money into the Director’s failed plans year in and year out.
Margaret Park January 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Because our schools aren't overcrowded enough, we now have more homes going in. Good thinking.....
Holly Giehler January 30, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Definitely NOT excited about this. More homes up here, seriously??? I will not be surprised if five years from now Manassas Drive will look like a "concrete canyon". Enough said.
MP Resident 09 January 30, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Let me answer this myself: An advisory board was created so we can at least PRETEND like we care what residents want. If the board agrees with our views, thats even better. If they don't, oh well. Its not like we have to pay the consequences if something goes wrong...we just put that on the residents too. (same ones who told us NOT to do it)
MP Resident 09 January 30, 2013 at 04:35 PM
The idea of having more residents and property to collect taxes from was just too tempting. Tell me I'm wrong.
Shawn January 30, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I see your logic MP Resident 09. Since MP can't attract any businesses then building more houses to supplement the business tax is a great move. Where else can the build more houses to get more taxes. Maybe they new residents taxes can help pay for a better water system!!!!
Sasha Gerhard January 30, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Completely agree with all of the comments. Why do we even bother voicing our opinions if it's only for the record - i.e., not because anyone on the council or planning commission appears to be actually listening to us, but because they are required to hear us in order to move forward with the developers' agendas? Also, too bad Mr. Doll has only ever thought about turning a profit on the land he bought from the City for a song years ago (shame on MP too for practically giving it away). It might have been nice to set aside some property for green space for the residents to enjoy (Siganl Hill Park is all we have, and even then there had been question "who" the park belonged to for years - PW County or MP). After all, wouldn't that actually be a way to show the citizens you that "actually" care about MP - not just naming streets in delelopments after your children? Oh, and let's face it, MP is already a concrete alley along Manassas Dr. - just plain ugly. (The trees just keep disappearing.) The only thing attractive about it is affordably priced housing. I admit that I have not confirmed all of my "facts," but why would I or anyone else believe otherwise?
MP Resident 09 January 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM
There will come a time when there is no open space left in the 2.5 square miles that the city does have. As time passes, it will become less attractive as a place to live, meaning lower property value, lower tax base, and higher crime. Strategic planning is the only thing that can improve this place. I don't see that happening at the moment. With regards to parks, in addition to Signal Hill Park, the city does have Costello Park also. Both parks are nice, but improvements can be made in regards to accessibility by foot. Signal View drive is not set up for pedestrians at all. It is most accessible to those living across the street from it who aren't even MP residents. Costello is nice also, but they need to make improvements too. I don't recommend being a pedestrian there.
Shawn January 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM
the only time Costello park is safe is from noon-4pm. The only thing going for it is the dog park.The CC is losing money every month which is draining money away for simple road repairs or making Manassas Drive more eco friendly.
BloomsCrossingMom January 31, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I take my kids to the rec center all the time. It's busy all evening long while I am up there for biddy ball with those kids and all of those swim programs that rent lane time. I see neighbors all the time up there working out or doing Zumba. I don't know about it's balance sheet, but it is no less safe than Signal Hill as a park and it is is draining no more money away from the city then the new police station and the relatively new fire house. Did someone at the community center personally anger you? I can see no other reason for the attack against it. If you are scared up there... well, I guess for some the world is a big, scary place.
Shawn January 31, 2013 at 05:12 PM
The director of the CC has stated on record that the CC would fund itself within 1 year of the opening. To date the CC has yet to fund itself or bring in enough money to fund its staff. Why is the Director still in charge if the CC is losing money? That is the beef I have.
Bloomie January 31, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Now that Mr. Treuting is on the Planning Commission, I wonder how he'd feel if he was ignored the next time a development issue comes up.
MP Resident 09 February 01, 2013 at 10:59 PM
@BloomsCrossingMom...its sounds like someone has personally angered you, not the other way around. Busy or not, you can't argue with numbers. Maybe they should charge you more so other taxpayers don't have to make up for it. And when it comes to safety, the only thing that is "scary" is people like you who drive your car through there like theres no tomorrow. If you can tell me the posted speed limit in the park without having to go check, I will be extremely surprised. And you obviously think that adequate police or fire service isn't as important as a city-owned gym. Do you know where the police and fire personnel were located before?
BloomsCrossingMom February 02, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Fire department used to be on the west side of the city. Public works in now in the old police space. Both have new buildings, which are most needed and I happily pay for with my taxes. I think a lot of both departments and the people have met there. I am also happy to contribute to the rec center through my taxes and family membership. Posted speed limit is 25 to 35, depending where you're at. If you are so miserable, perhaps you should move elsewhere. So many wonderful, positive people and families here in Manassas Park, yet so many negative posters on the Patch. I am not angry at all. I enjoy living in Manassas Park and take the bad with the good. No community is perfect and I know the city has financial difficulties - truly, I mean this sincerely, if you have better ideas, step out from behind your keyboards and run for office. Instead of being negative, if you want to see change, do something positive and constructive.
MP Resident 09 February 02, 2013 at 01:16 PM
THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IS 10 MPH INSIDE THE PARK. Thank you for verifying what I already knew. I would respond to your other remarks, but I know enough about you already to know its not worth it.
Kris Day February 02, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I've been mystified by the amount of negativity on Patch also. I agree with BloomsCrossingMom that if you have a gripe, run for office - last year the mayor ran unopposed - so perhaps folks are not as disgruntled as they pretend to be. Otherwise do something to influence change in your community. I really love this city and am grateful for those who are trying their best to govern. They don't do it because they want to get rich... they are doing the best job they can. Patch, I would be interested in hearing an update on the new city hall plans. Is this moving forward? We do need also to improve sidewalk access to Signal Hill Park, and sidewalks along Manassas Drive.
MP Resident 09 February 02, 2013 at 07:09 PM
@ Kris Day...so its a "if you don't like how its being done, then do it yourself" kind of thing? The lack of people running for the position of mayor is hardly an accurate measurement of resident satisfaction or willingness to influence change. There are many ways people can influence change and that includes posting on Patch...these comments you call mystical negativity. If you don't think those who govern MP don't read these, then you are naive. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, even if you don't agree with it.

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