2009 In Review
As the year draws to a close, it’s good to reflect on what we’ve accomplished by working together in Lee District during 2009. Space precludes more than an outline, so please contact my office if you would like more details.
While financially more stable than many other jurisdictions, Fairfax County has been battered by the national and state financial slowdown. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to balance our FY2010 budget (in spite of a $650 million deficit). My citizen budget advisory committee provided valuable input and will continue its work on the FY2011 budget.
In October, after a year of community input and support, the Board of Supervisors approved a Lee District community parking district. This means that it is no longer legal to park on residential streets boats, RVs, trailers, campers, vehicles with 3 or more axles or a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or more. Prior to this, communities that wanted to institute such parking restrictions had to go through a cumbersome and lengthy petition process.
Since 9/11, the connection from Telegraph Road to Route 1 through Fort Belvoir has been closed. A replacement road will be built that extends and widens the Old Mill Road (renamed Mulligan Road) from Route 1 to Telegraph Road through Fort Belvoir. As part of this project, Telegraph Road will be widened to four lanes from Beulah Street to a half mile south of Hayfield Road, near the entrance to the Humphries Engineer Center. Construction should begin this summer and be completed in summer 2012.
The 1.5 mile missing link of the Fairfax County Parkway is scheduled for completion in November 2010. Funding comes from stimulus money and additional contributions from the Army and Federal funds.
South Van Dorn Street and Telegraph Road Improvements
While the long-awaited extension of South Van Dorn Street to Telegraph Road helped tremendously with traffic congestion, the terminus developed its own set of congestion problems. I am pleased to report that even in this difficult economic period we're able to fund spot improvements at this intersection. (The funding comes from our Commercial and Industrial revenues.) VDOT is preparing the design and implementation plans to add a second lane on northbound Telegraph Road between South Van Dorn Street and South Kings Highway. A second left turn lane will be added to southbound South Van Dorn Street as well as a second left hand turn from South Kings Highway onto Telegraph Road.
Mortgage Fraud Investigation
In September, a two-year mortgage fraud investigation that I initiated resulted in numerous arrests with more expected. The largest mortgage fraud case in the history of Fairfax County, it supported my efforts to crack down on illegal boarding houses and push for operational changes in zoning enforcement and strike team operations.
Springfield Mall Redevelopment of the mall has been a priority and we have successfully worked with the mall owner in planning a transformation into a modern, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use town center. In July, the Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning that moved the project forward. The new mall and town center will include a grocery store, dog park, tot lot, athletic courts, fitness center, and state-of-the-art movie theater. Other community investments that are part of this case include an artificial turf field for Lee High School, financial contributions to the Lee District REC Center, Springfield Regional Road Fund, the TAGS circulator bus system, and improved access to Metro from the Mall.
Parks, Recreation, Environment
A new recreation area at Lee District Park will include an accessible tree house, along with an accessible family activity complex. The area will include a spray park, playground, carousel, and picnic shelter.
Three synthetic turf fields have been installed at Lee District Park, Franconia Park, and Lee High School. These fields have lower maintenance costs and higher capacity than grass fields. Funding came from the 2008 park bond and construction proffers.
Huntley Meadows Wetlands
The design for a dam to preserve the park’s rare freshwater wetlands and to reestablish the wetlands for habitat, wildlife, and water quality has been completed. Funding is from the 1998 and 2008 park bonds.
As more and more of us recognize the advantages of walking—not only for health but also to reduce traffic congestion, it becomes increasingly important to complete our County trails and sidewalks. Seventeen hundred feet of sidewalk and four curb ramps were installed on Clermont Drive this year. A sidewalk for Florence Lane between Beech Tree Drive and Candlelight Court has been approved and will be completed by the end of 2010.
The much needed sidewalk along South Van Dorn Street is in place and we’ve added dozens of sidewalk segments along the Route One corridor. We are in the planning phase to construct a sidewalk between Rose Hill Drive and South Kings Highway along Telegraph Road.
Also in This Issue of Supervisor McKay's Lee District Update:
- Message from Supervisor McKay
- Shop Local Year-Round
- New Parking Regulations
- Walking to School
- Walking Town Meetings
- Lee District Open House
- Snow Removal Update