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F.C. Financial Future Rides on City Center, Snyder Says

Responding to action by the Falls Church Planning Commission Tuesday to recommend against the adoption of five ordinances required to implement the large-scale Atlantic Realty City Center project, City Councilman David Snyder contacted the News-Press yesterday to issue the following statement: “The Planning Commission raised and considered some very important issues. It did important work. There have been some recent developments concerning the project that have been positive, and we need still more progress. I hope we will come to a successful resolution. We need a successful project because the City’s financial future rides on it.” Planning Commissioners Melissa Teates and John Lawrence contacted the News-Press by e-mail yesterday with statements on why they voted “No.” Teates wrote, “If this project did not involve public lands or were properly placed in the City, I would probably vote for it.” But its scale “is not in sync with this historic region or on a human scale,” she wrote. “I remain unconvinced that the financials of the project are a true boon to the City.” Lawrence wrote that his “greatest concerns” are lack of safeguards, particularly for City land, and his view that the process was “driven by an abandoned building,” the bowling alley and its owners. “Shouldn’t the biggest project in the City’s history be the one project we do the right way?”

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