Woodbridge may or may not be home to a new stadium for the Potomac Nationals in the next few years. But either way, it will get its first commuter parking garage.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board, a 17-member citizen body appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), made it official this week. Among $18.6 billion the CTB approved for state transportation projects planned for the next six years is about $24.2 million for a 1,400-space parking garage planned for Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.
The parking garage has been discussed as part of the plan for a new P-Nats stadium slated for a now wooded lot behind Wegmans. The stadium is not a done deal but was in the news this week because the Prince William Board of Supervisors took a controversial vote June 20 against sending the project to voters in a referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The vote means the supervisors will continue negotiating a financing deal with the Silber family, which owns the P-Nats, and JBG Companies, which owns the Potomac Town Center.
If the board ultimately decides to use county-backed bonds to finance the new $35 million stadium, plans to build the parking garage on land adjacent to the stadium site at Potomac Town Center will move forward.
If not, the county will consider a few other possible locations for the garage along the Interstate 95 corridor in Woodbridge, said Prince William County Transportation Director Rick Canizales.
The state is putting up the money for the parking garage through its Smart Scale grant program because it will be used as commuter parking on weekdays. The garage will be the first state-funded indoor parking garage constructed in Prince William County. The City of Manassas built one next to the train station there in 2008.
The garage is slated to cost a total of $36.7 million. The county received part of that money in previous years now will have enough to fund the project, according to Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles, who also chairs the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
County transportation officials are waiting for the supervisors to decide on the stadium. Once they do, it will take about 18 months to design the parking garage and another 12 to 18 months to build it, meaning it could be completed by early 2021, Canizales said.
Along with the parking garage, the CTB also approved about $21 million over the next six years to widen Neabsco Mills Road. The project would expand the now two-lane road to four lanes from Smoke Court – near the entrance to Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus – to U.S. 1.
Construction on that project likely wouldn’t begin until 2019 and could be finished by the spring of 2022, Canizales said.
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