Potomac Mills slashes parking lot
A popular commuter lot in Prince William County is about to lose more than half its parking spaces.
Potomac Mills mall General Manager Mike Sullivan said the Woodbridge outlet shopping center will be reducing the number of commuter spaces in the roughly 1,000-space lot it provides down to 275 spaces Feb 14. Sullivan said the reduction is needed to make way for new commercial development.
"We had a business decision to make," Sullivan said. "This is private property, we run a business and we want to have enough parking for customers and employees. We've helped the county out over the years ... but it's the county's job to provide commuter lots."
Sullivan said the county requires Potomac Mills to provide 275 spaces. For the past 20-plus years, however, mall officials have provided upward of four to five times what the county required. Sullivan said they did so to give the county time to build its own lots.
According to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Web site, there are about 15 commuter lots across the county.
County officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Sullivan said he could not release the names of businesses that may come to the Potomac Mills development, but he is in negotiations with various retailers and restaurants, some of which are interested in building facilities in the parking lot at the mall. Sullivan said the expansion plans surfaced a few years ago, but were halted when the recession hit. Now, he said, businesses are ready to expand, and he needs to guarantee there is enough parking for both new and existing businesses.
"While we realize the impact that this change will have on commuters, as a private business, our first priority must be to provide for the needs of our loyal shoppers, retailers and employees," Sullivan said in a letter sent to The Washington Post. "We must also accommodate continued growth."
| January 13, 2011; 3:32 PM ET
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