Alexandria, VA

It’s rare for Development attorney Ken Wire to admit that a previously approved project needs less density and more open space, but Upland Park is an exception, he recently told the Beauregard Design Advisory Committee (BDAC).

Developer Hekemian & Co. came to the BDAC late last month to discuss some significant changes planned to a proposed development along Seminary Road in the West End.

The earlier development had included a six-story mixed-use development that has been replaced by a series of four-story townhouses. The project will also include more parks and open space than the initial designs.

Don’t get too attached to that large open space on the upper right-hand side of the map, though. The next phase of the project would see that developed as a hotel and retail space.

The developers said part of the development is pending future changes at the “ellipse” intersection, a city project to turn the nearby N. Beauregard Street and Seminary Road intersection into a quasi-traffic circle.

“What happens with the Elipse intersection will affect the rest of the project,” a representative of the project said.

Maya Contreres, the principal planner for West End new development, said the city is conducting a study on the ellipse with a preliminary idea about what will happen by the time Upland Park heads to city hearings.

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