A proposed housing development for 184 units and 12 affordable dwelling units in Sterling is under consideration for rezoning.
Located between Route 7 and Tripleseven Road in Sterling, the 11.27-acre property is occupied by a movie theater, Countryside Regal Cinema, which was constructed in 1996.
Sterling Meadow LLC, the owner and applicant, is proposing to rezone the area to develop 184 stacked multifamily residential units and 12 ADUs, according to the developer’s statement of justification. As part of the application, the movie theater will be removed. The adjacent retail uses, which are not part of the application, would remain.
Sterling Meadow representatives said the site will be accessed from the existing Regal Plaza entrance off Pidgeon Hill Drive and two entrances on Tripleseven Road. The existing northern entrance to the cinema will be relocated, and the existing southern entrance to the cinema will remain in place.
The applicant is proffering four recreation spaces combining for a minimum of 35,200 square feet and two pocket parks, sidewalks, a trail along Tripleseven Road and a $1,744 contribution to the county per dwelling unit to address the unmet housing needs.
The applicant said it seeks to provide additional residential units to “bolster the amount of people who can walk to support the proximate commercial uses while taking a small portion of the underutilized commercial space and the associated sea of parking offline.”
Since May, the application has received opposition to the development of new homes and the potential negative impact on local schools and transportation.
The applicant is scheduled to meet with the Planning Commission Nov. 19.
Algonkian Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R) scheduled a meeting about the project with residents for Tuesday night at the Cascades Library at 7:30 p.m.
Reaction to the proposal via the online project portal
On May 21, Vivian Gutierrez says: “This area cannot accommodate an additional 180 families. Most schools in the vicinity are at capacity and current residents will not allow zoning changes to affect our children’s education. From a transportation perspective, most of our roads can’t handle more vehicles! Traffic in Triple Seven Rd will significantly increase affecting residents of Calvert Glen and Environs. This application if approved will harm our community!”
On June 18, Jerry Charles says: “I am looking forward to the development of this plot of land. Just make sure the units have plenty of space and include a garage. A basement to build a man cave would be appreciated. And a good size backyard space to enjoy outdoor living in the summer.”
On Sept. 13, Michael Sziede says: “We do not need high-density development here. There is no place for these kids to go to school. There is no proffer for school or roads. This place is zoned commercial and needs to remain commercial.”
On Sept. 22, John Lardner says: “I haven't been able to review the traffic impact study for Triple Seven Rd from Loudoun County government nor from VDOT since Sep 2019 meeting to inform an opinion at this time. That being said, I would encourage the developers to reconsider developing the property as an Ice House for the purpose of youth/adult hockey league as well as public skating. The nearest icehouse in the area is in Ashburn, so I believe there could be enough interest in the region to support another icehouse.”