Master Planning Process Background

The Master Planning Process provided land use planning and design, financial analysis, and public outreach for the redevelopment of the approximately 80-acre County-owned Adaptive Reuse Area  (Tax Map 107-1 ((1)) 9), formerly the D.C. Department of Corrections' prison in Lorton. The 80-acre site includes the former Reformatory which includes 41 buildings, including dorms, an auditorium/hospital and gymnasium, and the former Penitentiary, which includes 15 structures including cellblocks, towers, and a cafeteria.

Since 2002, when the U.S. Congress transferred the 2,300 acres of property at Laurel Hill to Fairfax County, the county has worked with residents and Board of Supervisors'-appointed boards and task forces to develop plans for the future use of the area. The Master Plan builds upon recommendations from previous citizen task forces for the redevelopment of the site.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selected The Alexander Company to develop a Master Plan for the Adaptive Reuse Area at Laurel Hill. The contract award was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 5, 2008. On May 11, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved the Laurel Hill Master Plan (Phase I of the planning process) and authorized County staff to begin negotiations with The Alexander Company as the next step (Phase II) of the process.

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