Client: Novus Residences
Market: Residential, Commercial
Size: 550,000 gsf – 350 units
Kings Crossing was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at the July 25th Planning Commission. MWAP designed a 350-unit mixed use development that was praised by County staff stating that the project provides “high-quality architectural character and details to set a trend for future development”. The project offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units targeting a segment of the Mount Vernon Community. The parcel is 5.29 acres and located at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) and Fairview Drive, minutes from the Huntington Metro Station.
The project was designed within the framework of the County’s new Embark Plan that looks to replace the Route 1 urban fabric of pad sites with open surface parking lots with clearly designated lots established by
a grid of streets, sidewalks and structured parking. The project also accommodated the future alignment for the new dedicated lanes for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
The architectural character of the project evolved from an extensive analysis of the local architectural styles and discussions with the community with the goal to establish a language that is repeatable and establishes a strong sense of place. Images of both Mt. Vernon and Old Town Alexandria were central to the discussions with the community.
The overall design will set a standard along this stretch of historic route 1 for future developments replacing several small stand-alone buildings and improve the visual appeal of the area.