Project developer Geoff Pence, President of the Pence Group, declined to comment further about the Garrison’s delay.
- Pence said he wanted to reassure residents that they have a signed lease with multiple businesses that will open in the center, to include Regal Cinemas, Longhorn Steakhouse, and an Olive Garden.
- A Starbucks has also been cleared to also open at the center.
The construction delay is the second in about two years.
- Pence told Potomac Local construction should begin in spring 2020.
- Just last month August, it was announced that the first out of two phases of construction will commence this fall.
“We’re still working on it and still moving forward, it’s just wrapping up everything I need to do to get started. It’s just taking a little longer than I would’ve hoped,” said Pence.
Mark Dudenhefer, Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, has been an advocate of the Garrison since the beginning.
- He’s even given his Facebook followers “Garrison updates” along the way.
- His latest Garrison update on September 27 stated, “Next week Pence will begin construction of the traffic light at the corner of Travis Ln. and Garrisonville Rd.”
- That may have been true then, but according to Pence, “the light will be going in when we get started.”
The Reston-based developer Pence Group acquired the 57-acre property on October 20, 2015.
- It’s located at the intersection of Garrisonville Road and Travis Lane. and the original deadline was spring 2018.
- Plans included 500,000 square feet of commercial space and over 400 residential units, it would be Stafford’s first planned-traditional neighborhood development along with a 12-screen Regal Cinemas, new restaurants, and apartment homes.