For weeks now, a petition had been available to be signed at the front desk at Pearson Square. The Pearson Square apartment building, on S. Maple Avenue, had been collecting signatures from residents in favor of changing the direction of the pool and courtyard of the proposed building, The Reserve at Tinner Hill, so that they face S. Maple Avenue. Lincoln Properties, the construction company, has so far planned for the amenities of the upcoming building to be built facing S. Washington Street.
The petition at Pearson Square was to show interest, there was no agreement that if there were enough signatures, the orientation of the building would change. The petition generated almost 200 resident signatures.
According to the Falls Church website, the proposed building will include a neighborhood grocery, retail and restaurant space, commercial lease space, 224 apartments and a plaza. The construction company is scheduled to break ground in either the fourth quarter of 2013, or the first quarter of 2014.
Due to the new construction, there will be some changes going on across the street from Pearson Square. Though the Washington Market (Elevation Burger, Rex Day Spa, etc.) and Falls Church’s Historic Tinner Hill site will not be disturbed, two car dealerships nearby will be closed to make space for the Reserve at Tinner Hill.
Some of Pearson’s reasons for demanding a change in orientation of the building’s pool and courtyard have to do with noise issues as well as aesthetics. According to Tammy Dunlap, a concierge at Pearson Square, there is more traffic on S. Washington Street than on S. Maple Avenue, making Maple Ave. a more ideal street to place the pool and courtyard. For Pearson Square, if the orientation is not changed, that would mean Pearson Square residents would face the rear of the Lincoln property, which is not an aesthetically pleasing, family-friendly view.
Lisa Gaus, a resident at Pearson Square, says, “Personally… I like a pool view. I’d rather look at the front of a beautiful building.”
Residents at Pearson Square should get ready, because sooner or later, construction on The Reserve at Tinner Hill will begin. Whether the courtyard and pool will face S. Washington or S. Maple Avenue is still up for discussion.