County Approves Mixed-Use Zone
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors last week created a new zoning category that will allow a mixed use of development such as housing, recreation areas, green spaces, public facilities, offices and commercial buildings. The planning commission had recommended denial of the request by developer Hazel-Peterson, because, it said, the proposal conflicts with the county's land use plan adopted last year. According to Francis McDermott, attorney for the developer, construction is slated to begin in the fall.
The Prince William Weather Control Council last week selected two businesses, one in Manassas and one in Woodbridge, as winners in the council's first competition recognizing business achievements in the war against litter. The Sudley Towne Plaza in Manassas and The Happy Pickle, Woodbridge, were honored for their continuing efforts to keep their property litter-free, according to council spokeswoman Janet Ellis. Awards will be presented to the winners at the council's special reception on May 29. Manassas Stadium Getting Overhaul
The Manassas High School athletic stadium is being given a complete overhaul that includes new concrete stands, fresh sodding and an asphalt running track that will feature a different color for each lane. Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter said work began this week and is slated for completion Sept. 1. The $800,000 project also includes new concession stands and an irrigation system for the field.
In other business, the City Council last week approved site plans for the new Manassas city hall complex although a final decision on the parking lot design will not be made until all bids are in. Three parking lot designs are being considered, a spokesman said. The four-story city hall will be built on the site of the existing city hall annex; the old city hall will house the Manassas Museum.
The Prince William County Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 13th season with concerts Saturday and Sunday in which conductor John Welsh will lead the orchestra in selections from Mozart, Borodin and Tchaikovsky. The Saturday concerts will be at 8 p.m. at Potomac High School. On Sunday it will be at Osbourn Park High School at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For information call 361-4614.
The Red Cross will offer its third annual antique show at the Prince William armory this weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 368-4511 for information.
The Wood and Dale Wonderers will offer a family-oriented walk through Locust Shade Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information call 221-2158 or 494-PARK. Haymarket Sets Vote on Subdivision The Haymarket Town Council is expected to vote soon on plans for a subdivision near the railroad tracks from a developer who wants to put five more houses on a parcel that has a single house on it now, according to Mayor Gertrude Bean. Final plans will be approved after the State Highway Department approves the plans for sewers and roads in the development, she said.
In other business, representatives of First Virginia Bank are expected to seek a permit for a new building this week. The council denied approval last year, citing inadequate plans for water and sewers. Phillips Inc., the company that owns the bank, plans to build a new drainage system on the site. The new building will replace one on Jefferson Street and Rte. 55 that Bean described as too small and lacking adequate parking facilities. Burning Issue Draws Occoquan Crowd
There was standing room only at the meeting called last week by Occoquan council member Chuck Pugh to discuss the incinerator that has been proposed for construction near the Lorton landfill across the river from the town. Three of Prince William's representatives in the General Assembly also attended as did a representative of Supervisor Kathleen Seefeldt, whose district includes Occoquan.
According to Pugh, Andy Quigley from the Fairfax Division of Solid Waste spoke for the landfill; Marcia Hanson represented the opposition, the Federation of Lorton Communities. On the day of the meeting the group filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court against District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry to prevent construction of the incinerator. Pugh said he was left with stacks of index cards bearing questions from residents about the landfill that he will ask Fairfax officials to answer.
Pugh, who is a member of the Fairfax County Citizens Advisory Council, said he opposes the incinerator for health reasons, saying the smoke from it is a "possible carcinogen harmful to humans and wildlife." In addition, Pugh and the federation, which represents 18,000 Lorton residents, object to the proposed 320-foot stack on esthetic grounds.
The Occoquan Cup Sprints, sponsored by the Prince William Crew Association, will be held at Sandy Run Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information call 491-3298 or 590-4245. 304-725-2137 or 1846. New Post Office for Quantico
The town of Quantico, whose post office serves nearly 650 residents and 16,000 military personnel from the surrounding Marine base, will see ground broken next week for a new and larger facility. According to Postmaster Francis Waters, the U.S. Postal Service will pay the $978,000 construction bill for the facility despite a 15-year-old agreement the town has with the base that the military would pay if a larger post office were ever needed.
"There were always other things that took priority over this project and it was always being set back to the next fiscal year. So the post office decided to do it." The base, however, has provided the 1.1 acre of land for the 9,000-square-foot facility. The new post office, slated for completion in mid-October, will provide off-street parking for 24 customers plus two spaces for the handicapped, five for postal vehicles and one for a large truck.
Currently, customers vie for five on-street parking spots and one space for the handicapped while employes and postal service vehicles must also scramble for street space every day, Waters said.