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Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
January 2003

 

Tuesday Morning Store To Open in Rose Hill Shopping Center

It will be Tuesday Morning every day at the Rose Hill Shopping Center starting early next month. The Dallas-based national home furnishing retailer has leased the space in the Rose Hill Shopping Center that had been vacated by TJ Maxx.

The 21,000-square foot store had been vacant for months. TJ Maxx decided to move to Kingstowne, prior to expiration of its lease in Rose Hill. As soon as the space became available, Tuesday Morning signed a lease.

"We have been looking for space in the Franconia area for some time and Rose Hill fits in perfectly with our plans," a spokesperson for Tuesday Morning told the Rambler. The company hopes to open its doors at 8 a.m. on February 4, 2003, which of course is a Tuesday.

Tuesday Morning is described as being a cross between Linens and Things and Pier I Imports. The company has 600 stores nationwide, including 10 in the Northern Virginia area. The closest are on Rolling Road in Springfield and on Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

The name of the firm derives from the fact that its founder felt that "nothing gets done on Monday" and the first productive time of the week is Tuesday morning.

The Tuesday Morning addition hopefully will bring more customers to the Rose Hill Shopping Center and help boost the business of some of the other retailers. The shopping center is a convenience for all Rose Hill residents and its continued success is important to our community.

Welcome Tuesday Morning! Now if we could only get Combined Properties, owner of the center, to cover that horrible yellow paint!

President's Message

A Windy Holiday Season For Santa, Frosty and Friends

The high winds played havoc with outdoor holiday decorations in Rose Hill. Particularly hard hit were inflatable and plastic figures that were included in many displays. The large Frosty the Snowman figures had the wind repeatedly knocked out of them. And one was even reported stolen from a front yard!

As a result of the wind, many displays were damaged or temporarily put out of commission. Judging of the Holiday Lighting and Decoration contest was made more difficult and it took several tours on different nights to make sure all were evaluated. We apologize if we missed anyone.

Perhaps the biggest problem with the wind was evident at the Szamborskis on Winston Place. A large Frosty was up and down like a yo-yo and several lighted displays were darkened. Undaunted, the Szamborskis repaired the decorations several times and took a grand prize in the yard category. Winston Place had three winners as the Dillons took a grand prize in the house category and the Lynches were cited for an excellent display. The Dillons also were winners for the second straight year.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the Downeys on Telegraph Road once again were a grand prize winner. They have been so good for so long that people come from miles away to see the display each year.

This year, the Downeys had competition from Mary Mayo at the corner of Rose Hill Drive and Leewood Drive and the Friends just down the street on Leewood. Both were outstanding and were awarded grand prizes. Grand prizes in the yard category also went to Tom Strah and the Billingsleys on Rose Hill Drive. We couldn't pass up the chance to reward Twila Noble's geese on Rose Hill Drive.

The Evans on Willowood Lane and the Lewises on Bee Street each received grand prizes in the door category and Cynthia Johnson-Carey once again earned a grand prize in the window category. A large number of outstanding prizes were awarded in the overall and yard categories. A number of awards also were made in the Patriotic category. (See the complete list of winners on Page 8).

Certificates will be presented at the Rose Hill Civic Association meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28th at 7 p.m. at the John Marshall Library. Please plan to come by, pick up your certificate and meet some of your neighbors. Please check the listing and help us make sure we have all the names spelled correctly. We also don't know who lives at some of the addresses that were selected to receive certificates. Please give us a call and identify yourself! Finally, we may have some names wrong because people have moved and there are new neighbors we don't yet now.

Highland Estates Update

On December 17, 2002, RHCA forwarded a letter to Fairfax County outlining numerous community concerns involving the proposed development of 10 new houses on the back portion of the Highland Park pool site. The development has been named Highland Estates. KHCA's concerns center around marine clay, lack of discussion of safeguards for surrounding homes, density, construction traffic, storm water management, removal of unsuitable soil, etc. Copies were sent to Supervisor Kauffrnan, Morris Construction Company, the builder, and R.C. Fields, Jr. & Associates and Law Engineering, the engineers for the project.

To date, the County has not replied to the letter. This is understandable because the County staff is reviewing the plan, a well as RHCA's comments. A detailed answer from the County will be forthcoming prior to any action on the plan. Supervisor Kauffman has promised to review with RHCA the response from the County staff. He has restated his opposition to development of the property.

R.C. Fields, Jr. & Associates and Morris Construction also responded to the RHCA letter. Generally, both letters paint a positive picture of the proposed development and seeks to calm our concerns. One passage from the Morris Construction letter is worth passing on. It states that Law Engineering has advised that adjacent properties will become more secure once development of the Highland Estates site in completed. We are expecting a separate reply from Law Engineering.

The Fields letter rejects RCHA's request that construction traffic enter the site via Highland Drive. It states that construction traffic will use Rose Hill Drive, Bee Street and Maryview Street. RHCA will continue to press the developer and the County to avoid construction traffic access via our residential streets.

The engineer's response concerning the Zoning Ordinance density penalty for properties that involve marine clay was incomplete. Section 2-308(2) of the Zoning Ordinance imposes a density limitation where problem soils are evident. The geotechnical report for Highland Estates cites the presence of the so-called marine clay. Where the density limitation is applicable, 30 percent of the total area of the lost is essentially exempt from the limitation, while the maximum density for the remaining area is reduced by 50 percent.

Because the site is zoned R-3, no rezoning action is required in order for Morris Construction to build on the site. However, the County must approve a site plan, making sure that all ordinances and other applicable regulations are followed. RHCA will continue to monitor the process in an effort to make sure both existing and potential residents are protected from the ravages of marine clay so many of us have experienced over the years.

For your convenience, all correspondence regarding Highland Estates is available on the Internet via the Association's website, myrosehill.com. Additional correspondence will be posted as it is either sent or received by RHCA. If, after having read the letters, you have specific questions about the development, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 703-971-4716. If you don't have Internet service, give me a call and I will provide copies for you.

Rose Hill Park Section III

Unlike Highland Estates, the property known as Rose Hill Park Section III is not subject to the density limitation of Section 2-308(2) of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. RHCA has asked Supervisor Kauffman and the Zoning Administrator to initiate a change that would make Rose Hill Park Section III subject to those density limitations.

Because the property has been recorded and subdivided, the density limitation does not apply, according to an opinion from the County Attorney last year. RHCA and the Virginia Hills Citizens Association raised the question involving density limitations for previously zoned property. Highland Estates, which was zoned but not previously subdivided, is subject to the limitations. Because Rose Hill Park Section III was subdivided prior to the enactment of Section 2-308(2), it is not subject to the limitation.

Over the last almost 40 years, the numerous developers have tried and failed to gain approval to build the 60 subdivided lots on the property. RHCA continues to oppose development of the property. However, bringing the property under the limitations imposed by Section 2-308(2) would lessen the impact should the County approve development on the site. Having seen several nearby previously zoned properties with problem soils developed in recent years, we want to make sure the limitation is in place should any development be approved.

Like the Highland Estates letters, you can view our letter to Supervisor Kauffman, with a copy to the Zoning Administrator, at myrosehill.com. If, after reading the letter, you have further questions, give me a call at 703-971-4716. If you are not on the Internet and want a copy, give me a call.

Rose Hill Drive

Rose Hill Drive is our "main street" and it appearance sets the tone for the entire community. Generally, residents of Rose Hill Drive do a great job of maintaining their property in excellent shape. However, there are a few that could stand some improvement. Residents are reminded that the wide strip between the sidewalk and the street belongs to the Virginia Department of Transportation, not the individual property owners. Parking cars on the strip is discouraged by RHCA.

Residents also are reminded of the new County ordinance that limits the amount of space in the front yard that can be used for parking. Cars parked on the grass results in unsightly damage that detracts from the overall appearance of the neighborhood. We appreciate the extra effort residents of Rose Hill Drive put forth to maintain the VDOT property in excellent shape. However, it takes just a few to negate the good work of so many. We ask everyone on Rose Hill Drive to voluntarily help keep the street looking good. We will continue to monitor the appearance along Rose Hill Drive and work with the County Zoning office and VDOT to correct any misuse.

RHCA Receives Thanks

Koinonia and the Police Citizen Advisory Council have thanked RHCA for its support of their programs during the holiday season. RHCA contributed to Koinonia's effort to make Christmas a happy occasion for our neighbors in need. And, the CAC thanked RHCA for contributing to the dinner program for our police, fire and emergency personnel who were on duty while we enjoyed the holiday. Previously, we received thanks from the organizers of the Edison High School All-Night graduation party at Lee District Park that provided a safe celebration for our local graduates. RHCA is pleased to support these worthwhile local programs.

--Carl Sell

Rose Hill Civic Association Membership Helps Keep Community Value on Rise

The value of property in Rose Hill has risen dramatically in the last few years. One of,the, reasons has to do with the overall "beauty of our community. Your support for the Rose Hill Civic Association will continue our work to make Rose Hill an outstanding community and protect the value of your property.

Last year, more the 80 percent of the winners of "Rose Hill Beauty" awards were members of the Association! Obviously there is a direct connection between Association membership and the pride of home ownership. The Association's main goals are to improve the overall ambiance of the community and provide residents with information concerning issues that affect them and their neighbors.

Your membership helps pay for the Rose Hill Beauty contest, the Holiday Lighting Contest, the cell phone for neighborhood watch, printing of the Rambler and the community directory and support for several local worthwhile charities and special programs. Last year, for example, we supported the all-night graduation party at Edison High School, Koinonia and the Christmas meals for our police and emergency personnel who were on holiday duty for our protection.

To be sure, we couldn't do it without our volunteers who work with Neighborhood Watch and deliver the Rambler. A special thanks to Jim Sapp, who maintains our web site. Take a look at myrosehill, com and you'll find all the information you need about the Association, Fairfax County and community happenings. Like the Washington Post, Washington Times and The Journal, the Rambler also is on line!

Residents should be aware that only members of the Association will receive Rose Hill Beauty signs in 2003. All winners will be listed in the Rambler. All winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest will receive certificates.

We urge you to fill out the membership form and mail it, along with your check to RHCA Please note that in addition to the $10 annual dues, we are asking for contributions to help maintain the landscaping at the community entrance sign at Franconia Road and Rose Hill Drive. Also, RHCA plans to replace the flagpole and marker on the hill at Lee District Park overlooking Telegraph Road and Rose Hill Drive. Both have fallen in disrepair since being donated by RHCA more than 25 years ago. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

If you have an e-mail address, please include it on the form. It will be used to inform you of RHCA meetings, community events and emergencies and will NOT be given to any outside person or group.

The next Rambler deadline is February 9, 2003.
The next delivery weekend is February 22-23.

Advertising in the Rambler

We have recently received several inquiries concerning advertising in the Rambler. While a listing in the Business Directory is free to Rose Hill residents who own their business, placing an actual advertisement is open to all with rates as follows per month:

Business Card size 3 1/2" x 2" $10
Quarter page size 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" $25
Half page size 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" $50
Full page size 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" $100

Ads may be bought for either one month only, month-to-month, or as many months in advance as desired. Our newsletter is published nine times a year, excluding July, August and December.

Advertising in the Rambler is an excellent way to reach the 700+ homes in our community. In addition, the ads each month are placed on our website. www.myrosehill.com for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call the editor (me) at 703-922-8290. I will need the artwork sent to me either electronically in a .tiff or .jpg format or as a hard copy through the mail. Checks made out to RHCA may be included with ads mailed to me, or sent to our PO Box 10891 for quick access to the treasurer.

Elizabeth Lambertson

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