Northern Virginia’s development update for July 2017

There’s a new fitness studio in Arlington and progress for Prince William County’s minor league baseball stadium.

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NoVA’s latest developments include a new fitness studio in Arlington and progress for Prince William County’s minor league baseball stadium.

Prince William County one step closer to getting a new stadium for minor league baseball

In April the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $200,000 for a financial impact study for building a new baseball stadium with a parking garage at the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge. The town center is owned by The JBG Companies. The development company owns a little over 23 acres that would be used for the stadium. The fund would be used for negotiations and legal services for the project. Currently the Potomac Nationals play at the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, a facility built in 1984 that team owner Art Silber has publicly said he would like to leave or renovate. The current stadium does not meet Minor League Baseball standards, but the team has a waiver for play until the end of the 2018 season. The proposed plans call for a 4,600-seat, $35 million stadium at the Stonebridge site.

Next Phase Fitness opens studio in Arlington

The Bethesda-based fitness group is expanding across the state line to open a second location. The new studio, which opened in mid-May, is located at 2009 14th St. N. in Arlington, is co-owned by Sonja Lyth and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to a final class at 7:30 p.m. The studio holds regular Pilates classes and Reformer-based classes. In the future they plan on offering more services like personal training, nutrition coaching, bridal bootcamps, workshops and corporate wellness options.

Arts center proposed near Frying Pan Park

Scimores Academy LLC has put forth plans to build what the group of McLean-based investors is calling the Floris Conservatory of Fine Arts, a $40 million project that will serve children in preschool through 12th grade. The campus for the private school, which will be used primarily during evenings and weekends, is on the property next to Frying Pan Park and includes three historic homes that are planned to be used for administrative and educational offices. The conservatory itself is planned to be a two-story, 48,000-square-foot facility. The Planning Commission voted to approve the plans, and a public hearing was held June 6.

Shirlington Dog Park future plans still in limbo

Tensions are high in the Shirlington Dog Park world as there is discussion of the county potentially altering the size of the popular park along Four Mile Run. A February Facebook post got the rumors started when someone stated the county was looking to reduce the size of the dog park, referencing information from a presentation shown during a Working Group meeting for the Four Mile Run Valley planning process. Statements from group members and the county said it was just a matter of different ideas being proposed. Alternatives put forth in late May are proposing to reduce the size to 27,000-55,000 square feet from the current 109,000 square feet. After more pushback from the community, the County Board rejected the proposals and is calling for more studies to be done.

(July 2017)