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    Default "No to Railroad Cottages" signs along W&OD in Falls Church

    I saw the "No to Railroad Cottage" signs this morning and wondered what the issue was. I found this article on the subject:
    https://fcnp.com/2017/03/02/future-c...s-little-city/

    The development is planned on this property: http://bit.ly/2p0udQT

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    Just found under "Proposed Voluntary Concessions" that the developer plans to "Implement the City’s adopted vision for the adjacent sector of the W & OD trail ..., including provision of air/water stop, bike racks, landscaping, public art, benches, “Welcome to Falls Church” signage and improvements to the architectural detail of the existing maintenance structure, subject to NOVA Parks approval." You can see the artist's rendering on p. 53 of this pdf: http://fallschurch-va.granicus.com/M...&meta_id=63334.

    The aerial rendering of the 10-cottage development is on p. 47.

    There's more information here: http://fallschurch-va.granicus.com/G...2&event_id=948.

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    What is the downside given by the "No" folks? Not going to add kids to the schools, not going to notably increase noise or traffic and not a visually positive plot of land at the moment. Can't build a row of 1,500 sf homes but right around the corner on Haycock they take down a 2000 sf house and build two 5000 sf tall long skinny houses on the same plot? I know a lady that lives a couple houses up from this plot. will ask her what she thinks.
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    I also saw the signs and was curious. However, I assumed that they would be vacation or short term rentals for trail users. That I could kind of see why there would be an opposition. I am not sure I understand WHY there would be an opposition to what is being proposed. Would the neighbours rather have a couple of outlandishly large homes built instead? Do they think a bunch of empty nesters are going to cause a ruckus of grouped together in close proximity?

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    So, are they going to tear down the existing houses on Railroad Ave to put these up? There isn't enough room now to put them in next to the trail. There is one plot (or is it two?) that from Google maps looks like they could put in a few houses, but there isn't much room there. Wow, looking at application. 11 houses (or is it 10 and a shared space?) and a parking lot in that space. That is dense. It is only mildly better than a set of townhouses. The traffic on that road will get crazy. I can see why neighbors are complaining. It is another case of putting in too much building on too little space - different from the McMansions going in all over in that instead of one family/owner it is now 11 families. And if the residents decide to walk and use the trail, it will get busy along there too (not saying good or bad, but an extra location for people meandering on and off the trail).

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    I'm not sure why some folks are opposed to a plan that actually builds relatively affordable single family housing in Falls Church. Especially since large swaths of older, modest homes have been and continue to be torn down to build large, $1 million+ houses around here.

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    Because OMG density! parking! agenda 21! home values! hipsters! (even if these are going to be grey haired hipsters) and other threats to our cherished way of life.

    I confess to being a Coalition for Smarter Growth supporter, and a sometimes impatient one at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    It is only mildly better than a set of townhouses. The traffic on that road will get crazy. I can see why neighbors are complaining.
    Nah. With that prime location, you wouldn't need to drive 90% of the time.

    I want one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    What is the downside given by the "No" folks? Not going to add kids to the schools, not going to notably increase noise or traffic and not a visually positive plot of land at the moment. Can't build a row of 1,500 sf homes but right around the corner on Haycock they take down a 2000 sf house and build two 5000 sf tall long skinny houses on the same plot? I know a lady that lives a couple houses up from this plot. will ask her what she thinks.
    I live right around the corner from the proposed development. The idea is it's going to be a retirement community of sorts - not full-service, but geared towards independent elder living. The problem in a nutshell is that it's too much crammed into too little space. There isn't enough parking allotted on the property for the number of units proposed, and street parking along railroad avenue is already problematic at best, never mind after the introduction of 11 (IIRC) cottages. Nobody's opposed to the development per se, just the scope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birru View Post
    I'm not sure why some folks are opposed to a plan that actually builds relatively affordable single family housing in Falls Church. Especially since large swaths of older, modest homes have been and continue to be torn down to build large, $1 million+ houses around here.
    Not sure one could call it affordable or family housing. It's an age-restricted development, for those 55 and older. Not sure if it's also a "no-kids" development or if that's just a a softer way of advertising the same. At $600K a pop, it doesn't really seem "affordable" to me, but I guess everything is relative. For better or worse, I think a community of well to do retired people living steps from the path will exert A LOT influence on the future of the W&OD in Falls Church.

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