Master Plan Request for Proposal
On August 31, 2007, Fairfax County issued a Request for Proposal for the services of a Master Developer to assist the county in preparing a master development plan for the adaptive reuse portion of the former Lorton prison, located in what is now known as Laurel Hill. The proposal request was for qualified private developers to join in a public/private effort to develop this 80-acre area formerly known as the Reformatory and Penitentiary. The redevelopment will adaptively reuse existing historic buildings and will also include new infill construction.
The proposal request was for qualified private developers to join in a public/private effort to work with county to staff to create a master development plan. The plan includes features such as adaptive reuse considerations, project financial feasibility, phasing of construction, and the possible application of historic tax credits. Upon successful completion of the Master Planning phase, the Master Developer has the opportunity to continue in the implementation phase of the project.
The site, located on the southwestern side of Silverbrook Road west of I-95, is part of a 2,400 acre parcel of land acquired by Fairfax County from the Federal Government in 2002. The parcel is 14 miles from Washington, DC, and within one of the Country’s most affluent and well-educated communities. The parcel is part of a larger 511-acre historic district – the District of Columbia Workhouse and Reformatory Historic District – that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2006. The 2,400 acre parcel is the home to the new Laurel Hill Golf Club – an 18-hole, 7,010 yard course, improved hike and bike trails, the Lorton Arts Foundation's Workhouse Arts Center, a future equestrian center, and improved park and open space.
Fairfax County envisions a unique and world-class development of residential, retail, commercial and educational space within the former Reformatory and Penitentiary complex. This development will serve the expanding south county region and create a unique destination in harmony with the surrounding uses, including single-family residential, senior living residential, schools, an arts center and parks. Recent growth in the immediate area includes the Spring Hill active adult community, and the residential community of Laurel Hill.
The Alexander Company, based in Madison, Wisconsin, was selected in May 2008 to develop a master plan for the site. The Company specializes in urban infill development, brownfield revitalization and historic preservation. Locally, the company is the master developer for the National Park Seminary site in Silver Spring, Maryland.