After being headquartered in Alexandria, Va., for more than 20 years, the Society of American Florists (SAF) has decided to construct a new building that is approximately triple the height of the current headquarters, according to an article in The Connection Newspapers. According to the article, SAF “will also add 7,314 sq.ft. of retail space in an area of the city that will be exploding with potential new customers.”
On Feb. 1, 2005, SAF proposed a “new 49,997 sq.ft. structure that will be 40 feet taller,” to the Alexandria Planning Commission. This new structure will be a replacement for its current two-story headquarters, the article stated. “Of that total, 42,663 sq.ft. will be office space, with an increase in floor area ratio from 2-3 feet.”
“Attorney Duncan Blair, representing SAF in their application for a development special use permit (DSUP), told the commission, ‘This is a project that provides them [SAF] the opportunity to make much better use of their space and bring much needed retail space to this area,’” the article stated.
According to the article, SAF plans to occupy the top floor of the new building, to be located on a .38-acre site, and lease the remainder of the structure. As stated in a letter to the commission dated Jan. 28, Blair said, “SAF’s goal is to construct a new facility to meet its current physical and fiscal needs that is consistent with the size and scale of the King Street Metro Station area, and onsite and offsite improvements that will enhance the pedestrian-oriented character of the area.”
Currently, there are some issues that need to be worked out in order for the Commission to approve the build. The article indicated that there were still some people who opposed the idea, causing the Commission to recommend some conditions that SAF needs to address in order to gain approval of the project. However, the application was approved by the Commission following a series of questions by the commissioners, the article stated.