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UPDATED: Council Switches Gears, Approves Manassas Drive Development Project

Developers of the project came back with additional perks to the project including water tap fees and additional retail space.

UPDATED: Council Switches Gears, Approves Manassas Drive Development Project UPDATED: Council Switches Gears, Approves Manassas Drive Development Project UPDATED: Council Switches Gears, Approves Manassas Drive Development Project

Manassas Park City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $55 million retail and residential development they voted down less than a month ago.

The proposed 14-acre development known as will be built after all. The council voted 5-1 to approve the project; councilman Suhas Naddoni was absent and councilman Preston Banks voted against the project.

the council voted against the development in a 4-3 vote. 

The developers of the project, Digital Park LLC, appeared before council again Tuesday and to amend the proffer conditions, saying they would now pay the city $1 million in water tap fees up front, add 5,000 feet of retail space to the project—2,500 in phase I and 2,500 in phase II— including some $4.5 million in proffer agreements. 

in a council meeting that they would put forth a $500,000 commercial deposit in escrow within two months of the closing of the residential parcel. 

The developers said they would agree to let the zoning of the property change back to business if they didn't start the phase one of the projet within 24 months. Phase one is slated for Manassas Drive and Railroad Avenue near the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter station in Manassas Park.

Phase two of the project will be on now-vacant property across Manassas Drive at the intersection of Railroad Avenue.

Manassas Park Vice Mayor Bryan Polk said the main details of the amended proffer agreement that pushed the project more toward what the city envisioned for it's downtown area.

The project now has more retail space and now shows a "real commitment" that the development is going to be build, Polk added.

Polk, who is also on the Manassas Park Planning Commission, showed real concern earlier this year about the project being approved only to be never built by the developer.

In late July, many Manassas Park residents spoke out for and against the development; citing the lack of business in the already constructed as a negative, and the

The approved project is now known as Park Place at The Station, but that's not the final name, Manassas Park Economic Development Director Vanessa Watson said at an earlier meeting. The final name isn't clear, but it won't have the words "park," "place," or "station" in it, she added. 

Patch editor Lauren Jost contributed to this story. 

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