Supervisors Expand Options for NVTC Site

Land around the now-closed training center to get plan amendment ahead of sale to Erickson Living.

Erickson Living proposes to build a continuing-care community at the 82-acre property of the former Northern Virginia Training Center at 9911 Braddock Road, according to county documents.

“However, this land has never gone through a Comprehensive Plan Review

process because planning efforts just noted the current use as a state institution,” said Supervisor John Cook in the Nov. 2 Board meeting.

“I believe this is the time to engage the community in a planning process to identify future land uses for the site,” he said.

The Board approved Supervisor Cook’s motion to authorize staff to consider a Plan amendment for the property.

“The Plan amendment process should be an open one, considering all potential uses, not just the prospective owner’s,” said Cook.

The approximately 82-acre property is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is in the process of being sold to Erickson Living according to county documents. Erickson builds and manages continuing care retirement communities in 11 states, including Greenspring in Springfield.

The site is currently planned for public facilities, government, and institutional uses according to the Comprehensive Plan, but that is a designation that reflects the former use of the property, according to county documents.

Cook also proposed to include the 9-acre property adjacent to the training center that is currently used by the State Police in this review.

“That property also has never been planned and some planning effort now could help inform any future changes in ownership of that parcel,” he said.

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