A proposed mixed-use development near Haymarket is one step closer to approval.
During its meeting Wednesday evening, the Prince William County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a rezoning request by Haymarket Town Center LLC to change 8.5 acres at the intersection of Antioch Road and John Marshall Highway (Va. 55) from agricultural to office mid-rise.
The proposal was tabled in February over traffic concerns. Because a public hearing was held at the time, a new one was not scheduled this week.
According to a staff report, the developer wants to build two hotels with 100 rooms each, a restaurant at 7,600 square feet and an office building at 3,000 square feet.
The property, about 0.6 mile west of the Haymarket town limits, was valued for tax purposes at $482,800 in 2021, according to online real estate records. It is designated in the Comprehensive Plan for a Community Employment Center and is in the development area.
Two entrances to the development would be on John Marshall Highway with dedicated right-turn lanes, one at Rose Ellene Lane and another at the middle of the parcel. Left turns would not be allowed out of the latter entrance.
At the site, John Marshall Highway would be converted to three lanes, with two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane separated by a median.
At the February meeting, the Planning Commission was primarily worried about a proposed entrance onto Antioch Road, which was designated as a scenic byway in 2017, and potential traffic hazards with the raised bridge over I-66.
The developer has revised its proposal to eliminate the entrance on Antioch Road. The property was initially proposed to have two unconnected parcels, but they will now be connected.
A cultural resources report indicates possible troop movements through the property during the Civil War. Union and Confederate troops moved through the area in August 1862, engaging in small battles along the way ahead of the Second Battle of Bull Run. Union Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell’s secretary wrote of troops moving from a mill west of Haymarket to near the town and later Gainesville ahead of the battle.
The developer has agreed to add interpretive signage with content from the Historical Commission about the battlefields and skirmishes related to the property. The amount of historical information and space has been increased from the initial proposal.
The signage will be at the corner of the property near the intersection of Va. 55 and Antioch Road.
The proposal still requires final approval from the Board of County Supervisors.