The final development plan for luxury town houses to be known as the Hamptons in central McLean is scheduled for review by the Fairfax County Planning Commission Oct. 25.
"More than 60 people have paid cash deposits to hold a reservation to have the right to buy one of the 124 units," according to Tom Georgelas, project architect.
The Hamptons project will face Old Dominion Drive north of Chain Bridge Road.
The units will sell in the low $200,000 range in spite of what Georgelas said was a major effort to keep costs below $200,000.
The rezoning of the 12.9-acre tract, known locally as the Othman-Roper property, created a furor over transportation issues when the rezoning application was filed last spring. But the board of supervisors approved the project in May contingent on 13 development conditions. The developer was told at that time that final development plans would have to be submitted to the county planning commission.
At the time of the rezoning the developer was the Hadid Investment Group, headed by Michael Hadid, a resident of McLean. Hadid recently sold a joint interest in the project for an undisclosed amount to McLean builder John Georgelas & Sons. The project architect, Tom Georgelas, is the son of John Georgelas. He was the project architect at the time of the rezoning and will remain in that capacity.
"The final development plan calls for 124 three-level town houses. Each will have a garage. Nearly 50 percent of the town houses will be end units since they are being built in blocks of four" rather than being lined up in a row, Georgelas said.
"Most will have walk-out basements, depending on the site involved," he said.
The Othman-Roper tract, high on a hill overlooking McLean, is the largest undeveloped site in the central McLean area. Georgelas said this week that only nine feet will have to be taken off the top of a hill to accommodate the development plan.
Plans call for construction of a swimming pool, one of the few pools to be built within the confines of a town-house development in the McLean area.
Construction is expected to start next spring, the architect said. The units will be designed with a mix of traditional elements, with special attention being paid to dramatic windows that will make the project significantly different from other town-house units on the market, Georgelas said.