Fairfax City Council Approves Downtown Redevelopment

Posted: March 31, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In a 5-1 vote on March 28, the Fairfax City Council approved the general development agreement for the redevelopment of Old Town Fairfax. Construction of Phase I of the new town center is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2001, with tentative completion in the fall of 2002. The entire project is expected to take five years to complete.

Over the past six months, the city council has held 14 public outreach sessions and two public hearings on the proposed redevelopment. On the basis of citizen feedback from these meetings, the city council reduced both the scale and density of the project in an effort to create a vibrant town center while preserving the historic character of Old Town. In addition, the city council encouraged the development team to consider alternative uses to those proposed in the original redevelopment plan. These changes are reflected in the approved general development agreement.

The $160-million redevelopment will encompass approximately 600,000 square feet of mixed-use space in downtown Fairfax. Specific features of the redevelopment plan include specialty retail and restaurants, residential units, office space, wide sidewalks, streetscape amenities, underground utilities, and parking to support new and existing uses. The developer plans to construct private improvements totaling approximately $120 million, while the city will issue bonds to build parking garages and put utilities underground. The bonds will be repaid from increased tax revenues from the redevelopment.

“The redevelopment will give George Mason faculty, students, and staff a place to eat, shop, and socialize close to the Fairfax Campus,” says Traci Claar, Community Relations. “Instead of driving to Reston Town Center, Old Town Alexandria, or D.C., the campus community will have amenities and entertainment right in its own neighborhood. The new businesses coming into Old Town Fairfax will also provide additional employment and internship opportunities for our students.”

For more information on the redevelopment project, call (703) 385-7862.

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