Many of you have been asking or wondering what will happen to Celebrity Delly during the upcoming redevelopment of Graham Park Plaza. Due to conflicting reports from older updates to the community, we hope set the record straight in regards to the newest information of which we have been made aware. As of today, Celebrity Delly can happily report to you the plans for redevelopment have changed. The original plans which included the planned demolition and relocation of Celebrity Delly have officially been terminated. In lieu of these plans, a new set of redevelopment plans have been made by our property owner, Federal Realty, and approved by The Fairfax County Planning Commission.
These NEW plans call for a redevelopment solely of the western part of the shopping center from the general CVS location down and into part of the Bova location nearer to the northwestern part of the shopping center. This plan is a complete change from the original plans which included the demolition of the entire western end of the shopping center, including a later demolition and relocation of Celebrity Delly to make room for a wider roadway connecting the eastern and western sides of Graham Park Plaza.
With the approval of these new plans (see photo below along with the article written from the annandale blog), Celebrity Delly will not be going anywhere. In fact, during the entirety of the redevelopment of Graham Park Plaza, you can expect Celebrity Delly to be open and ready to serve our community as we have everyday for the past 43 years. Cheers!
"The Fairfax County Planning Commission on April 5 voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approved a proposal for a mixed-use development in Graham Park Plaza. [UPDATE: The BoS approved the proposal April 10.]
Federal Realty, the owner of the property, wants to build a four-story multifamily building with 210 apartments and 10,500 square feet of community-serving retail on the ground floor.
The project would be on an 18-acre site at the western end of the shopping center, which is currently occupied by a furniture store, two-screen movie theater, other stores, and underutilized offices.
The BoS had already approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan in December 2016 for a larger mixed-use project with 248 apartments. Since then, Federal Realty, downsized its redevelopment plans. It is now seeking a rezoning and approval of a final development plan.
The Planning and Zoning staff approved the project with the exception of a proposal for a new alternative access point on Arlington Boulevard. The Planning Commission disagreed, saying as long as the new access point meets the Virginia Department of Transportation’s requirements, it should be part of the plan.
David Gill, Federal Realty’s attorney, said Graham Park Plaza, like other aging auto-oriented strip malls, has been hurt by the growth of online retail and redeveloping the site is challenging because it’s not in an activity center and not near Metro. The redevelopment project “could be a model of how we do retail repositioning in the future,” he said."