Urban sprawl is what most people think of when they drive across the Occoquan River on Route 1 into Prince William County. Neighborhoods disconnected from shopping, little green space or limited sidewalks for safety.
All of that is changing as Prince William County supervisors, planning commissioners, developers and interested citizens look towards revitalizing North Woodbridge. The area which has been dubbed “The Route 1 corridor” has been neglected for years and has grown into an eyesore of closed business.
This week the PWC Board of Supervisors approved the plan to allow between 500,000 and 750,000 square feet of office space; 2,500 to 3,500 multifamily housing units; between 250,000 and 500,000 square feet of retail; and up to 260 hotel rooms in the area.
A few years ago the Washington Business Journal named this of the 10 to watch. It is surprising with a VRE station already in place, Fort Belvor and the National Geospatial-Intellegence Agency practically at the North Woodbridge border that more developers haven’t already seen the potential and started development. The community of Belmont Bay located just east of Route 1 is one of the hidden gems of North Woodbridge and it’s waterfront location is a draw for new residents.
Hopefully with the county supervisors approval and grass routes community organizations such as the Occoquan River Communities the vision many have had for the North Woodbridge corridor will finally begin to take shape.