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Soapstone Connector Supplemental Phase I Architectural Survey Public Involvement Meeting

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Soapstone Connector Supplemental Phase I Architectural Survey Public Involvement Meeting

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation Soapstone Connector Supplemental Phase I Architectural Survey Public Involvement Meeting July 19, 2018 Presented by: Audra K. Bandy, P.E. Fairfax County Department of Transportation
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Overview • Current Conditions • Project History • Improvement Options • Purpose and Need • Recent Project Activity • Supplemental Architectural Survey • Continuation of Section 106 Process • Comments 2
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Current Conditions • Major roadways in area include Wiehle Avenue, Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. • Two crossings of Dulles Corridor on either side of Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. • Vehicles traveling to and from Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station (open July 2014) and entering and leaving the Dulles Corridor compete for same road space on Wiehle Avenue. 3
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Project History • 2008 Wiehle Avenue/Reston Parkway Station Access Management Plans Final Report, April 2008 – Initiated to consider current status and future needs in vicinity of the two proposed Metrorail stations in the area. – Soapstone Connector was included in list of recommended roadway projects. • Soapstone Connector Feasibility Study, November 2013 – Assessed engineering feasibility of a multimodal roadway that would provide connection between Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. – Identified and screened 31 alternative alignments. – Conducted community information meetings to ensure public input on alternatives. – Identified most promising alignment for Soapstone Connector. • Board of Supervisors endorsed advancing Preferred Alignment to Preliminary Design Phase on May 13, 2014 4
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Improvement Options 5
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Purpose and Need • The purpose of the project is to provide additional multimodal capacity on a new north south alternative to mitigate‐ congestion on Wiehle Avenue. • The project will address: – Inability of Wiehle Avenue to accommodate current and forecasted traffic demand. – Delays on Wiehle Avenue at the intersections with Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. – Lack of direct access for buses to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station without requiring travel on Wiehle Avenue. – Lack of connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, from Soapstone Drive and Sunrise Valley Drive on the south and Sunset Hills Road on the north. 6
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Recent Project Activity • Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) presented to public in Fall 2017. – The EA contained a Phase IA Cultural Resources Survey and Phase IB Architectural Survey. – These studies indicated that the buildings on Association Drive are not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) because they are all less than 50 years old. • Public Hearing for EA held November 2017. • FCDOT Notified in January 2018 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR). – FCDOT requested to conduct a Supplemental Phase I Architectural Reconnaissance Survey. 7
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Supplemental Architectural Survey • The purpose of the survey was to record ten contiguous parcels on Association Drive within the supplemental study area and provide a preliminary recommendation regarding eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). 8
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax County Parcel Map 9
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary/Recommendations for Architectural Resources in APE 10 DHR Resource No. Historic Name Location Potential Significance Potential Effect Recommendation 029-6253 American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 1900 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6254 American Medical Student Association 1902 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6255 National Association of Secondary School Principals 1904 Association Drive Yes Direct Evaluation 029-6256 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 1906 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6257 Distributive Education Clubs of America 1908 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6258 Future Homemakers of America 1910 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6259 Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda 1912 Association Drive No N/A No Evaluation 029-6260 National Business Education Association 1914 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6261 National Art Education Association 1916 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation 029-6262 The Council for Exceptional Children 1920 Association Drive Yes Indirect Evaluation
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Supplemental Architectural Survey Results • All but one of the ten buildings within the Reston Center for Associations and Educational Institutions may potentially contribute to the Historic District. • The building located at 1916 Association Drive may be individually potentially eligible for listing on the NRHP. 11
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia 1916 Association Drive • Site Plan (right) • Façade and Northeast Elevation (below) 12
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Continuation of Section 106 Process • If the building or buildings are deemed eligible for listing on the NRHP then construction of the Soapstone Connector is likely to have an adverse effect on these potentially historic sites. • An adverse effect ruling will trigger Section 4(f) of the USDOT Act of 1966, which states that the site must be protected unless there is no “prudent and feasible” alternative. • If there is an adverse effect, then FCDOT and VDOT will be required to re-open the alternatives analysis to determine if: – A “prudent and feasible” alternative to the current alignment exists. – The new alternative does less overall harm compared to the original alignment – The new alternative still fulfills the original purpose and need of the project. • If a new alternative meets the above criteria, then FCDOT must choose it as its preferred alternative in the document submittal to FHWA. 13
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Continuation of Section 106 Process • Our purpose tonight is to obtain YOUR thoughts on whether or not this building and/or collection of buildings should be listed on the NRHP. • FCDOT has commissioned two historic resource studies for this project. Both studies were prepared by qualified architectural historians. • Do you support the study that states that the building and/or sites on Association Drive may be potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places? • Or do you support the study that indicates that the site(s) are NOT eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places? 14
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Thank you! Please send written comments by mail, email, or through the project website. Comment Deadline: August 3rd www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/projects/soapstone- connector Audra.Bandy@fairfaxcounty.gov 15

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