Economic revitalization is a process that unrolls over a very long time span with the involvement of both the public and the private sector. It’s been a good year for Central Springfield, one of the County’s revitalization districts. In March, Fairfax County acquired the former Circuit City site on Old Keene Mill Road with plans to tear down the building and build a commuter parking lot. The long vacant store and lot at a key gateway site have long been an eyesore in central Springfield and the community has been eager to see something positive happen there.By the end of this year, we’ll have accomplished two key objectives for Springfield, facilitating and encouraging mass transit and ridding the community of a blighted eyesore.”
The site will remain available for the informal slugging operation that has taken place there for many years. As an additional benefit, the County’s Fire and Rescue are using the vacant building for training exercises before it is torn down
The County acquired the property using Fairfax County Commercial and Industrial revenue funds. Longer term, should funding become available, the property may be redeveloped as a 1,000 space commuter parking garage.
In April, the Chi-Chi’s restaurant at 7010 Old Keene Mill Road came down. The site of a three-alarm fire on February 11, the heavily damaged and blighted building had been vacant since 2002. (Chi-Chi’s restaurants filed for bankruptcy in 2003.) This is another step forward for central Springfield and the community who are glad to see the last of what was a graffiti and trash magnet. The former Chi-Chi’s site is being reviewed for a hotel similar to the Marriott Residence Inn that was recently built on the site of the former Houlihan’s at Old Keene Mill Road and Backlick Road.
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