One of the more popular commuter lots in Prince William County is about to lose most of its parking spaces.
Potomac Mills mall will be reducing the number of commuter spaces from about 1,000 to 275 on Feb. 14 in order to provide space for commercial development. Potomac Mills – an outlet store shopping center in Woodbridge, VA – has been providing residents one of the area’s larger commuter parking lots. The reduction in parking capacity will have a significant impact on commuters using the bus system, van pooling, and slugging.
Potomac Mills Mall General Manager Mike Sullivan said the county requires Potomac Mills to provide 275 spaces. But for over 20 years the mall has provided four to five times what the county required to give the county time to build lots.
Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart said about two-thirds of the county’s workforce leaves Prince William for work. The county is looking for short-term alternatives to the reduction in commuter parking at Potomac Mills, and in the long-term hopes to expand the Horner Road commuter lot by 800 spaces.