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Groundbreaking for Wegmans and Hilltop Village Center

Groundbreaking for Wegmans and Hilltop Village Center will make this new development a dynamic regional destination.

Monday was a big day for business with the ceremonial Ground Breaking of the new Hilltop Village Center that will contain the long-awaited Wegmans Grocery Store. A group of more than sixty gathered at the cleared field at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street to commemorate this occasion and throw a little bit of dirt.

Hilltop Village Center will be a dynamic mixed used center with 250,000 square feet of retail stores and 100,000 square feet of office space.  It will feature a pedestrian-friendly “main street” with stores, restaurants, and professional office space.  This project will be a regional destination as Wegmans draws a trade area three times larger than competing grocers.

Michael Gailliot, current chairman of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, and the President of Hilltop Sand and Gravel welcomed and conducted the Ground Breaking. Hilltop Village Center will be a regional destination and provide a huge economic benefit for this part of Fairfax County.

The Gailliot Family has owned this property for generations.  They began with a chicken farm in 1917, turned it into a sand and gravel operation in the 1950s, started a clean construction debris landfill in the 1970s, and built an award-winning nine-hole golf course on part of the landfill.

Congratulations to the Gailliot family for reinventing this property one more time.  And kudos to them for persisting with this project  and dealing in a positive way with the delays and obstructions.   Partnering  in this project with the Gailliot family is Weingarten Realty, represented by Robert Smith.  Coming from Houston, Robert mentioned the “compelling dynamics” of the Northern Virginia market and expressed their excitement of entering the DC market through development of the Hilltop Village Center.

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, says the two questions he gets asked most are:  When will Springfield Mall be re-developed? And when will the Wegmans be built?  Now he can tell people that the projected opening of the new Wegmans is 2014.

In order to create Hilltop Village Center, the existing baseball field on the Hilltop property will be relocated on a plateau created above the construction debris landfill. At their own expense, the Gailliot family built and maintained the baseball field used by Pioneer Baseball. A new baseball field will be complimented by an adult soccer field, practice field, tot lot, and pavillion. These new recreational facilities will also be for the use of Fairfax County residents.

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Stacy April 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I am a resident of the nearby Island Creek neighborhood and I couldn't be more excited about having a "town center" within walking distance of my home. I know there's been some resistance due to traffic concerns and the whole Fort B's BRAC stuff, but I will give my part to making our community green by WALKING to the Hilltop Village Center for my shopping, dining and entertainment needs. Kudos to all those involved to make this happen.
AND April 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
could they hurry up and close on a deal to bring a health club to the shopping center? Not sure why this has been do difficult?
J.D. Walker April 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I am also a resident of the nearby Island Creek Neighborhood and I'm appalled that no one is thinking about traffic. The Telegraph Road/Beulah Street intersection is one of those rated F by VDOT, and we're going to increase traffic more by having a huge draw like Wegmans? It takes me 25 minutes to drive to the Wegmans on 29, and 20 minutes to get to the one in Woodbridge. Plus, there are two Giants, a Safeway, and a Shoppers Food Warehouse within a 3 mile radius, and if you go out to 6 miles, there's a Bloom and another Shoppers Food Warehouse. This is idiotic without large-scale traffic improvements. The widening of Telegraph Road needs to be complete all the way from Beulah Street to the Beltway, bus service needs to be increased, and the Metro needs to get off it's collective rear end and accept Fort Belvoir's invite to use the tracks to extend a line into Fort Belvoir.

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