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Visions for Vacancies: Old Gas Station at Main and East

What would you like to see next to Providence Square?

What would you like to see built in the old gas station location at Main and East streets?

Address: 10341 Main Street
Former home to: 
Shell service station
Space: About 38,000 square feet. It borders North and East streets and Sager Avenue
Building history: Service station built before 1965. Closed in 2007, underground pumps and storage removed.
Owner: Fairfax Main Street LLC

The owner hopes to build 25 residential units over a garage on this site, according to a staff report discussed at a July 24 council meeting. These townhomes would be grouped into four clusters with underground parking available off Sager Avenue.

What would you like to see here? Maybe another gas service station? Fast food joint? Townhomes? Retail? Sound off in the comments.

Douglas Stewart August 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I'm all for apartments or town homes on this block, but the entry ways should face the sidewalks rather than the parking garage or courtyard.
FairfaxMango August 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Classic mixed use would be great -- commercial on the first floor facing Main. Multiple levels of residential above, and parking in back.
Pat Henry August 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
hard to believe the gas station has been gone for five years already. I agree that residential is a good use of that corner, though 25 units seems like a lot. Definitely cars should enter/exit from Sager Ave as Main Street can't accommodate any more. I would also like to see a "Vision for Vacancy" article on the green space near the tank farm on Pickett Road where a bus depot is being planned. There has been almost no public discussion on this project, the time schedule for construction, or the impact to the communities nearby.
Jason Nadeev Kazi August 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The residential is likely to be approved and built, in my opinion. There was a town hall meeting regarding the planned bus depot, not sure what resulted from that.
Whitney Rhodes (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
On it! Thanks for the tip.
Roxanne Cramer August 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I understand that it's the school buses that will be parked there, as where they are now (School St. at GMU Blvd.) is to be developed.
VABUCKI August 10, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Condo or town home but lets keep it under $400,000/unit
Elsa August 10, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I too, am very upset to learn of this horrible plan to pave the lovely field by the tank farm. What happened to the City's commitment to "more green space", which was voted for by the public??? Please investigate & let us know who to contact about this, thanks.
Paul Nabti August 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree that condo's or townhomes are fine. Cheaper would be better, but clearly not going to happen. Some retail on the corner would be nice to cap off the downtown area on Main Street. I must say it is a really difficult site, so we are lucky not be stuck with an empty gas station forever.
Signorafarfalla August 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
There are so many townhomes and apartments already here I think we are at max capacity. Perhaps more commercial space. Or a real Diner not Silver City. One like Amphora in Herndon or Vienna. Denny's and I Hop and Diner 29 are just rough.
Jason Nadeev Kazi August 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Maybe a Perkins?
Jeff Carter August 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
What about a theater? The shape of that lot and the one behind it, with the old dry cleaner, would be perfect, and there's plenty of parking nearby. It might be something to draw people to the downtown area as well, since it's a short walk from there. There are loads of community theater groups that stage shows in schools and churches that could use a professional setup, and I could see there being shows year-round.
DCInternationalist August 20, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Afforable condos would be better than townhomes and create more density.
Taylor April 01, 2013 at 04:13 PM
A bakery (especially bread and pastries), coffee shop, or other retail space.

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