Occoquan River Mill Park Grand Opening, July 30th at 10AM

Posted by Lori on July 5, 2016 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Redevelopment, Town News

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In partnership with Prince William County and Fairfax Water, the Historic Town of Occoquan will host a Grand Opening event for River Mill Park in Occoquan on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, concertm scavenger hunt organized by the Mill House Museum and the water bar (powered by Fairfax Water, of course)!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s development, as well as the history of the site. In addition to the Grand Opening, there will be a free summer concert series in River Mill Park from August 6 through September 3.


As demolition work continues, the Town Council has started to discuss naming our new park. The Town Council has invited the public to their February 3rd meeting to get input on potential names. What are they looking for? We hear town officials are not planning to name the park after a person or places already in town. The town is looking for something new! Below are a few names currently under consideration:

River Station Park
Mill Race Park
Oronocah Park (meaning Garden in Powhatan language)

According to the town website, demolition will continue into the Spring and park construction work will start after that with hopes that the park will be completed by Winter 2015.


Per Mayor Quist:

Also announced in the month of July, is Fairfax Water’s intent to begin water tank removal at the end of Mill Street by early August. Work is expected to last through the beginning of next year before the property is officially released to the Town, after which the Town will work to develop the site into a public park that we hope to have operational by the fall of 2015. Once solidified, the plans will follow the same review and approval process as other construction projects in Town and updates will be provided as they become available.


Per Mayor Porta:

Prince William County and the Town of Occoquan have agreed to a boundary adjustment that will place all of the approximately 1.11 acres of park land within the town’s boundaries. A long-term lease for the site is being negotiated now. Fairfax Water has indicated that they plan to begin removal of the deprecated tanks in late 2013, or early 2014.


Per Mayor Porta:

On January 9, 2013 the Occoquan Town Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Town, Fairfax Water, and Prince William County, for the construction and operation of a park on the site of the decommissioned Fairfax Water treatment plant at the northwestern end of town.  A result of months of negotiation between the parties, the agreement establishes the basic responsibilities for oversight of the approximately 1.11 acres of land.

Under the terms of the MOA, Fairfax Water will remove the tanks and buildings and lease the property for no less than 30 years.  Prince William County will contribute funds to the construction of the new park.  The Town of Occoquan will be responsible for the park’s operation and maintenance.


Will Occoquan Riverfront Park finally become a reality? Things are looking good!

According to InsideNova: “Six years after being approved as part of Prince William County’s 2006 bond referendum, a small riverside park appears likely to be built in the near future.”

The Prince William County FY 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan calls for a radical revitalization. According to the document:

Occoquan Riverfront Park will be developed on a portion of two parcels of land owned by Fairfax County Water Authority and located at 415 Mill Street and 460 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan. The site was previously utilized as a water treatment plant and has been decommissioned by Fairfax Water. Fairfax Water will assist in development of the site by selective demolition of existing facilities. The area will be developed into a small community park with a playground, a spray ground, a small amphitheater, and possibly some indoor space appropriate for community based programming.

Where is the money coming from? Debt financing approved by voters during the 2006 bond referendum provides $1,500,000 for this project. Construction of the park is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Stay tuned for demolition updates.


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Redesigned Rivergate Project Approved

Posted by Lori on October 15, 2014 in Occoquan River, Politics, Redevelopment

Proposed Rivergate development to be situated along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River.

In a 5 to 2 vote, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a redesigned version of the Rivergate development to be built along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River. Supervisors Mike May and Frank Principi were not in favor of the development due to the community’s concerns over traffic, overcrowding schools and the thought of having even more apartment buildings along the Rt 1 corridor. The redesigned projected is very different than the 15 story luxury high rises initially approved almost 10 years ago prior to the recession. The Rivergate complex, expected to break ground next year and be completed by 2020, will offer three five story buildings housing 720 units which will be both condos and apartments.

Although we are looking forward to seeing the project complete and the new streetscape leading into Occoquan Harbour Marina and The Landing, we hope this was the right choice for the revitalization and redevelopment the area needs.

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Prince William County Board of Supervisors OK’s Oaks III

Posted by Lou on January 11, 2012 in Politics, Redevelopment, Town News


Despite strenuous opposition from over 100 Occoquan residents and well-spoken appeals from many, including Mayor Porta and James Phelps, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to rezone Tanyard Hill Road for commercial development.

Specifically, developer Ken Thompson will now be permitted to build a 32,500 square foot office building on an old windy road with dire traffic, drainage and erosion problems. The motion passed 5-3, under the unwavering support of Chairman Corey Stewart.

In favor of rezoning:

– Corey Stewart
– Wally Covington
– Peter Candland
– John Jenkins
– Maureen Caddigan

Opposed to rezoning:

– Michael May
– Martin Nohe
– Frank Principi

It is the official position of the Town of Occoquan and OccoquanWaterfront that the planned commercial development is flawed and will only exacerbate the existing traffic and flooding problems in town. The impact will be most keenly felt in November, 2015 – when the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is up for reelection.

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Occoquan Reach Time-Lapse Construction

Posted by Lou on January 7, 2012 in Redevelopment, Video

No snow on the ground this year but this time-lapse video of the construction of Phase III of the Occoquan Reach community captures the impact of Snowmageddon in January 2010.

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Oppose the Oaks III Rezoning Request

Posted by Lou on January 4, 2012 in Redevelopment, Town News

Calling all Occoquan residents: Please attend the Board of County Supervisors meeting on January 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoart Administration Building to oppose the Oaks III rezoning request.  The Chairman of the Board, Corey Stewart, has flipped. He now supports the developer and is pressuring other members of the board to do so as well.

Please consider emailing the members of the Board of Supervisors to respectfully request that they support the Town of Occoquan in opposing the rezoning request and the accompanying negative storm water and traffic impact that will result.

Chairman Corey Stewart –
John Jenkins –
Wally Covington –
Mike May –
Martin E. Nohe –
Maureen Caddigan –
Peter Candland –
Frank Principi –


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HOT Lanes to Connect Occoquan to DC by 2015

Posted by Lou on September 30, 2011 in Redevelopment, Town News, Transportation


Occoquan Rt 95 Rt 395 HOV Lanes

Things are heating up on the $1 Billion dollar project to improve traffic on Routes 95 & 395. VDOT is currently holding “HOT lane forums” throughout the construction area.

The VA Mega Project will add a 3rd lane to the existing HOV lanes in the center portion of the highway. Also, High Occupancy Toll technology (EZ Pass transponders) will automatically bill drivers that do not meet the minimum standard: three or more people in their car, including carpools, motorcycles and transit vehicles.

An overhead sign will show the current toll price for the upcoming segment. VDOT expects tolls to be between 10 cents to about $1 per mile, depending on traffic, with the average trip costing $5 to $6.

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Occoquan Reservoir: A Gem Worth Protecting

Posted by Lou on September 29, 2011 in Environmental News, Occoquan Reservoir, Redevelopment

A worthy article about protecting and improving the Occoquan Reservoir:
Occoquan Reservoir: A Rare Gem Worth Protecting

The Occoquan Reservoir is a rare gem in our increasingly developed area. It is already an irreplaceable drinking water source for 1.7 million people.

Sedimentation input results in knee-deep mud along the bottom of the reservoir that reduces water capacity and aquatic diversity, the clarity of the water is poor, aquatic grasses grow unchecked that inhibit fish stocks and diversity, and on and on.

Check out for more information.

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A Trio of Sweet Links

Posted by Lou on October 27, 2010 in Announcements, Chesapeake Bay, Redevelopment, Town News

1- Finally, VDOT will open the 4th lane of I-95 Southbound, which spans a five-mile distance from the Fairfax County Parkway south to the U.S. 1 exit, just north of the Occoquan River Bridge, per (Commuters rejoice!)

2- According to the News & Messenger, a shoreline boardwalk may soon come to town, stretching from the existing pier at Madigan’s Waterfront, through the Gaslight Landing development, all the way to the Mill House Museum at the end of town. More details coming soon.

3- just published the feature article from the November issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, which recounts a weekend trip from Annapolis to Occoquan and puts the town in a wonderful light.

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Revitalizing North Woodbridge: APPROVED

Posted by Lou on May 19, 2010 in Announcements, Redevelopment, Town News

Last night, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a major development plan to revitalize the “challenged” area between the Town of Occoquan and Belmont Bay. This is a huge development.

The Occoquan waterfront is going to change dramatically. Lots of new residential space and street level retail. New roads (Marina Drive extension) and traffic improvements (an overpass at the intersection of routes 1 & 123). Horner Road is going to become a walkable main street and the ghastly strip malls from the 1970s can say bye-bye.

You can download the complete Urban Mixed Use Area Master Plan here.

Goals for the North Woodbridge Urban Mixed Use Area Master Plan:

  • Office: 500,000 to 750,000 gross square feet
  • Residential: 2,500 to 3,500 multifamily units
  • Retail: 250,000 to 500,000 gross square feet
  • Hotel: 260 rooms

The Washington Examiner has published an article with more details.

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Return of the Homebuilders

Posted by Lou on September 8, 2009 in Redevelopment, Town News


Its been awhile since the hum of bulldozers has accompanied the morning song of local osprey but it seems that is about to change.

When the housing bubble burst, new home construction in Occoquan came screeching to a halt. The brick townhouses on Center Lane sit right next to a string of cement foundations, the Gaslight Landing complex on Mill Street is only half-built (and mostly unoccupied) and WCI stopped halfway through building Occoquan Reach.

As part of WCI’s recent emergence from bankruptcy, the remaining undeveloped parcels in Occoquan Reach have been old to Stanley Martin Homes. Just last week, Stanley Martin announced that construction on slightly modified Occoquan Reach townhouses around September 8th. Time to break out the earplugs!

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