John T. (Til) Hazel, one of the area's most prominent developers, has withdrawn his company's plans to build office towers, apartment buildings and a hotel on a 61-acre tract near the Vienna Metrorail station.
Hazel-Peterson Cos. and a firm that owns a 10-acre parcel, Wills & Plank Inc., withdrew their rezoning applications after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in the face of intense citizen pressure, decided last week to maintain the existing building cap around the Vienna station.
That decision by the board, made on a unanimous vote Thursday night, left Hazel's rezoning applications with little chance of approval, county officials said.
The Vienna station, located on the median strip of I-66 in the heart of Fairfax County, is scheduled to open June 7. It is the last stop on the Orange Line.
"We've got no comment to make on it at this point," Frank McDermott, an attorney for Hazel-Peterson, said yesterday.
Hazel-Peterson's proposed project, called Virginia Center, comprised about 2.7 million square feet of space, including two 20-story office towers.
Under the current zoning, Hazel would be allowed just 350,000 square feet of office space, and 1,340 apartments and town houses. County officials said Hazel was more interested in building lucrative office buildings than apartments.
Wills & Plank, the other firm that withdrew its rezoning application, had proposed building two nine-story office buildings on its 10-acre tract. Under current county plans, the firm is allowed 80 apartments or town houses. A company spokesman could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Some county officials and politicians have speculated privately that Hazel and the other developers with land around the Vienna station would wait until after the 1987 county board elections to resubmit their proposals. Officials said that the political climate may have changed by then, and the board could decide to reverse its decision on development ceilings.
Several board members said they were reluctant to cast their votes in favor of maintaining the current development caps last week.