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Despite Sequestration Threats, Manassas Park Development Moves Forward: "We Can Not Stop"

EPI Partners and EMSI plan to move forward to develop eight acres of land owned by the city of Manassas Park.

EMSI and its sister company, EPI Partners, are going forward with plans to develop and build on several acres of city-owned land in Manassas Park, despite the looming threat of sequestration.

Manassas Park City Council in December approved  EMSI's conceptual master plan for a 45,000-square-foot office building to be built on the 8 acres of land directly behind City Center that extends to Euclid Avenue.

But since the approval, the threat of massive federal spending cuts have become more apparent to lawmakers, government contractors and others.

"Overall, the economy is not bad, but we just don't know what's going to happen," said Talal “TJ” Hassan, a member of EPI Partners.

The partners plan on submitting a site plan to Manassas Park City Council in April and hope to begin construction in September or October, depending on how fast the appropriate permits can be processed, Hassan said.

"The development is well thought out and is a place that people will see and say, 'I want to be there,'" he added.

In addition to office building space, residential units and an assisted living facility will also be built on the eight acres.

Hassan said he knows government spending cuts will affect many business and people in Northern Virginia, but he hopes it doesn't adversely affect the project.

"People who use it (the building) use the VRE (Virgina Railway Express) and those people work for the federal government," Hassan said.

But whatever happens, the partners will press forward.

"We can not stop," Hassan said.

The tenants in one of the group's office buildings on Capital Street in Manassas are largely government contractors, he said. 

Hassan and the other owners have been in contact with their tenants and many  have expressed worry about government spending cuts. 

They have reduced rental fees to help their clients, he said.

"We have been talking back and forth. We said, 'If you're in trouble, let us know so we can accommodate you,'" he said.

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City Council Approves EMSI's Plan for Lot Behind City Center

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Shawn February 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Can we stop these two companies from developing? This is a bad idea an MP has yet to get another tenant into the Center. When are the citizens of MP going to understand that overdevelopment of the city as the plan stands will not bring in new jobs or businesses. If the City council has failed to do so up to this point what makes you think that overdevelopment will work. Wake up and smell the coffee. MP needs to understand they are a small fish that get scraps from PWC and the state. MP cannot compete with the infrastructure of PWC, Fairfax or city of Manassas. MP is landlock and has a crumbling infrastructure ie the roads and water line.
MP Resident 09 February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM
I think EPI watched Field of Dreams a few too many times....
Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) February 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Hi Shawn! I don't think they are trying to compete with Fairfax or PWC or Manassas. These places aren't comparable at all to MP. I think the plan is to make MP a place with its own perks and not necessarily modeled after any of its neighbors. I know efforts are being made to fix the water line, but I'm not aware of any crumbling roads in the city. Where are they?
Bloomie February 21, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Unfortunately, it looks like we are trying to compete with Detroit judging by the existing store fronts in city center.
Shawn February 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Jamie MP is trying to get businesses to move in. hence they are competing with the other jurisdictions for companies. Look at what was pasted by the city last year in business development project. Has any business step up and moved in? And for the roads take a tour in the older sections of MP and see how some side streets are bad.
Shawn February 21, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I stand corrected about when city was considering redistricting ordinance http://manassaspark.patch.com/articles/governing-body-considering-redistricting-ordinance

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