Council Action to Rezone GEICO Site
On a 5-3 vote October 13, 1998, the County Council adopted the recommendations of Hearing Examiner Philip Tierney for the GEICO site. The site is now rezoned subject to a number of qualifications.
Here, in short, are the major provisions:
Otherwise, protections called for in the Sector Plan remain.
- The requested 9.9 acres are rezoned TS-M, allowing 4-story apartments on Willard housing up to 300 units and three office buildings along Friendship Blvd. with a maximum of 810,000 sq ft.
- We rolled back GEICO's requested height for the middle office building to 8 stories, making the office configuration 9, 8, and 5. The buildings will step down in height from the corner of Willard Ave. and Friendship Blvd. to the corner of Western and Friendship.
- By accepting language allowing use of the space for "youth baseball" playing among multiple general uses, we guaranteed sizable open space along Western Avenue. The current GEICO driveway will be closed, and the open space dedicated to the County will extend from Friendship Blvd. to the lots on Cortland. For the field, there may be a back stop and benches but no lights, no fence, and no dirt infield; at least five parking spaces within the TS-M parcel must be provided for users of the field. Additional parking will be confirmed when the site plan for the remainder of the site is considered.
- Brookdale Park is interpreted as the largest possible area. "Lot 1", the L-shaped parcel that extends behind the houses on Dalton Road, will be considered park land.
- No trees will be cut within what will be the "greenway" buffer between GEICO and Brookdale unless needed to provide the bike path along its length.
- Access through the developed site will be maintained.
- GEICO must sell all of the houses it owns in Brookdale according to a timetable tied to the next step in the development process.
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