Railroad Cottages Vote Due Monday

AN AERIAL VIEW RENDERING of the new railroad cottage residential development proposal. (Rendering courtesy Railroad Cottages LLC)

Following an update at this Tuesday’s Falls Church City Council work session where it was reported that a draft license agreement was received by the City from Northern Virginia Parks to permit an easement to widen Railroad Avenue from eight to 16 feet, the second and final approval by the Council of a cottage housing development plan on 1.25 acres at the east end of Railroad Avenue will be voted on this Monday night.

The project involves 10 cottage units, each 1,500 square feet, with one and a half stories and 25 feet high, and a common house, designated for age-restricted occupancy (ages 55 and up and no one under 18). The plan has been supported by a majority of City boards and commissions, according to a staff report, because it would add diversity to the City’s housing stock, provide smaller homes for the senior population and provide a high-efficiency sustainable development.