The rallying cry in Woodbridge, Va., 30 miles southwest of the District, is transformation. And Frank J. Principi, the three-term Woodbridge District supervisor, is leading the charge.
“If you close your eyes and think of the Route 1 corridor anywhere along the eastern coast you think of bumper-to-bumper traffic, car chains and fast-food outlets,” he said. “But open your eyes here in Woodbridge now and you see a transformation.”
Construction crews are widening Route 1 from four to six lanes and fixing feeder roads; they’re putting utilities underground and installing pedestrian-friendly sidewalks; and they’re tearing down 68 blighted buildings and constructing shops for commercial and retail services.
Woodbridge is one of seven magisterial districts in Prince William County. It’s distinguished by its location along Occoquan Bay and the Occoquan River, the Potomac River, and Neabsco and Powell’s creeks. You can fish, camp, kayak, canoe and motorboat on the waters surrounding Woodbridge.
Principi’s vision is five town centers — Belmont Bay, Potomac Town Center, Potomac Shores, North Woodbridge Town Center, Neabsco Commons — developed in alignment with smart-growth principles that emphasize mixed use. “I want people to live, work, shop and play here,” he said.
His plans synthesize improving transit, strengthening neighborhoods with renovated libraries and schools, and attracting merchants who offer useful products. These changes are in progress.
Use the link below to read more about how the Vision of a New Woodbridge nurtures a connected community, reliable transit, a diversity of housing, a plethora of recreation, shopping and dining options and other elements of a vibrant community.