The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Monday on a proposed dramatic two-building, seven-story office complex on a seven-acre triangle between the Herndon city limits and the Dulles airport road corridor.
The project has been called outstanding by county planners and some staff members.
The project, to be known as Pacific Dulles Technology Center, is reportedly in almost total compliance with Fairfax County's comprehensive land use plan for the Dulles road corridor between Washington-Dulles International Airport and Reston. If approved, the project could set a precedent for future rezonings in the area.
"This project meets four-square the comprehensive plan. This is a showplace piece of development," according to attorney Charles Shumate. He is the lawyer representing Bahman and Roshanak Batman Ghelidj, who are seeking to have the site rezoned from residential to industrial status.
If the rezoning is approved, the project will be built by the Batman Corp., which is headed by Bahman Batman Ghelidj. Batman's headquarters is near the airport.
The proposed project is located west of the Monroe Street bridge across the Dulles roads, approximately three miles east of the airport and near the site of the future Governor's Center for Innovative Technology, will will be built at the intersection of Rte. 28 and the Dulles roads.
Both the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the planning staff are recommending approval of the project.
According to the staff report, the site is in an area deemed by the county's land plan to be "within visible distance of the terminal area" of the airport. These sites are "among the most prestigious available in the county and are appropriate for showplace development," including office buildings, the report said.
The county plan for the area emphasizes height control and architectural attractiveness. The Batman plan meets the height requirement.
"The project is best described as two twin buildings . . . providing a very contemporary design fronting on the Dulles corridor," according to Ronald Cashion, director of planning for VVKR Inc., a Washington firm that is designing the project.
Cashion called the design "very contemporary," in keeping with the provisions of the county plan calling for exemplary architecture.
Running through the center of each building will be glass atriums designed to "accentuate the functional cores of the buildings , as well as reduce the apparent scale of the buildings' facades," according to the rezoning application.
The center will include a total of 223,000 square feet of office space.
The buildings will be designed with two fronts. The facades facing the toll road and the airport road will be screened by existing trees, combined with additional plantings and berms, Cashion said. The entrance on the other side will include a common entry plaza.
The first two levels of the structures are planned as parking areas, but will not be visible from the Dulles corridor, Shumate said.
"This project is three steps ahead, in terms of sophistication, and will outdistance other development along the Dulles corridor," Shumate predicted.