Occoquan’s Mill Street is going to look a lot different in the years to come.
Kevin Sills, President of Mid Atlantic Real Estate Investments, paid over $2 million for several lots on Mill Street, which include three commercial buildings and a boat dry dock.
The buildings have become rundown over the years, and Sills has plans to transform the area with a new development.
According to Occoquan Mayor Liz Quist, the developer gave a conceptual presentation on what the development would include, and Sills is looking at a mixture of retail and restaurant space on the lower level, and condominiums above, with a structure for public and private parking.
While the concepts are in place, nothing concrete has been presented as of yet.
“We don’t have a site plan for the property yet, so there’s nothing that’s definite, there’s nothing that’s been submitted by the developer,” said Quist.
Sills said he had been looking at the property for a long time, and has already purchased the site, but is determining exactly what he can build there, and is currently in the research process.
“It’s on the water, it’s in Occoquan – it’s an opportunity to do a nice mixed-use project,” said Sills.
Sills is hoping to submit documents for the Town of Occoquan to review in the next 30 to 60 days.
“We have a design for a multi-level parking lot with retail space, and then condominium loft-style residential units above that…it will have more of a historic look to it…our architects are working on it, it’s just the problem is you have to kind of, you know, pull in what you can fit on this – it’s not a very big site,” said Sills.
Regardless of what gets placed at the site, Quist and Sills appear to be in agreement that the new development will still retain the historic charm that is present throughout the small town.
“That’s our goal – maintaining the character that exists downtown,” said Quist.