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Penelope A. "Penny" Gross 

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor

Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711
Fax: 703-354-8419

Welcome to the Mason District homepage! It is designed for easy use, and I hope you will find the information both helpful and timely. Special features include Mason Matters!, my twice-a-year newsletter, information about reserving the public meeting rooms at the Mason District Governmental Center, and other meetings and activities throughout Mason District.  Links to county agencies also are included.  Please refer to the Web site often, and don't hesitate to contact me.

Penelope A. "Penny" Gross
Mason District Supervisor



The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny  Election Day is weeks away, but there still is time to register to vote, or update your current registration information, in the November 8 presidential election.  The Voter Registration Deadline in Fairfax County is Monday, October 17.  You may register in person at the Fairfax County Electoral Board office in Fairfax, by mail, or online at  Information about in-person absentee voting is on page 2 of this e-newsletter.  

In addition to the presidential and congressional election choices, this year's ballot contains two Commonwealth of Virginia proposed constitutional amendments, three Fairfax County bond referenda questions – Transportation Bonds, Parks and Park Facilities Bonds, and Human Services and Community Development Bonds --- plus the Meals Tax question.  More information about what's on the ballot is available at, or through the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area,  The ballot is long; a few minutes spent reviewing the ballot questions now will speed your way through the lines at your polling place.

The Bailey's Community Shelter will remain in Bailey's Crossroads.  On September 14, the county acquired property on Seminary Road, not far from the existing facility, that will be the site of a new permanent shelter.  The same day, AvalonBay, the county's partner in the redevelopment of the SE Quadrant on Columbia Pike, terminated the Real Estate Exchange Agreement (REEA) that was approved by the Board of Supervisors in February, effectively withdrawing from the project.  As a result, the temporary relocation of the shelter at the Lincolnia Senior Center site is not needed.  The Planning Commission's decision to approve the relocation application was entirely correct, but the withdrawal renders that decision moot.  The new location is subject to a Comprehensive Plan change and a rezoning application, with a goal of opening the new shelter in the fall of 2019.  Many thanks to all members of the community who got involved in all aspects; the debate proved that reducing and ending homelessness is a goal for everyone involved.

Absentee Voting Available at the Office of Elections and Seven Satellite Locations – In-Person Absentee Voting is available at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 2/3 in Fairfax.

  • Expanded in-person absentee voting hours at the Office of Elections begin on October 17 – November 4, Monday thorugh Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  On Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, in-person absentee voting is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting at Seven Satellite Locations, including the Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, begins weekdays starting from October 17-November 4, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail, Fax, E-mail, or Online: Now through November 1 at 5 p.m. 
  • Last Day to Vote Absentee In-Person: November 5, 2016.
  • For Inclusion in the Election, Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016.

Additional information about absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 election is available online at, by calling the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776; TTY 711, or e-mail at  If you have moved, need to update your voter registration, or need to register to vote, visit   The deadline to register to vote is October 17, 2016.

Urban Design Guideline Survey - The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization is in the process of developing or updating urban design guidelines for some of the County’s Commercial Revitalization Districts, including Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners. The guidelines will provide detailed urban design and streetscape information to complement each area’s existing Comprehensive Plan. They will also provide guidance on the design of publically accessible plazas and open spaces in the areas.

As an initial step in creating the Urban Design Guidelines, the County would like to establish a theme for the design character of Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners. The chosen theme will be used to build a sense of place and community identity, and will be used in the design of spaces and in the choice of materials.  We would like the citizens who live and work in and near the areas of Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners to assist in determining an appropriate theme for each area.  Please consider taking this survey to help us decide an appropriate character for Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners.

The Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments Invite You to a Crab Legs and Spiced Shrimp Feast An all-you-can-eat crab legs and spiced shrimp feast fundraiser is set for Sunday, October 30, 2 - 5 p.m. at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, 7128 Columbia Pike in Annandale.  Enjoy steamed crab legs, spiced shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, hush puppies, and hot dogs.  Soft drinks, libations (must be 21 years or older to purchase/consume), and assorted desserts will be available for purchase.  Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now for this fabulous feast.  Proceeds from this event will be used to assist the Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments with ongoing apparatus and station costs.  For more information, visit, or, or send an e-mail to The Annandale and Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments are non-profit 501c (3) organizations, and all donations are tax deductible.  Donations may be mailed to: AVFD, P.O. Box 806, Annandale, VA 22003; and to the Bailey's Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1159, Falls Church, VA 22041-3609.

Redevelopment of 5600 Columbia Pike Planned Novus Property Holding LLC has proposed to repurpose the vacant office building located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road near the Fairfax/Arlington County border.  The applicant offers an E-Loft concept where the tenant can choose to live, work, or do a combination of both, in their unit. Upon approval of a zoning application, Novus plans to renovate and convert the 10-story 166,000 square foot building into 157 loft units at roughly 1,000 square feet per unit.  This would be the second E-Loft building in the region after the alteration of a vacant office building in Alexandria just off King Street near Shirlington.  A schedule of public meetings about the proposal will be announced soon.

Graham Park Plaza Plan Amendment Advances to Next Step – On January 27, 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for Graham Park Plaza, formerly Loehmann's Plaza in the Jefferson Planning District.  The current adopted Plan for this area recommends community-serving retail uses.  The Board requested that county staff consider a mix of residential and nonresidential uses.  Additionally, Plan analysis should provide attention to transportation, while planning for high-quality design for the shopping center.  The Plan Amendment will have a public hearing before the Planning Commission scheduled for Thursday, October 20 at 8:15 p.m., and before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. 

Mason Matters! The Television Show – The October edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Michelle Gregory, division director, and Linda Hoffman, system planner, in the Countywide Service Integration and Planning Management Division of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  Our diverse and increasing population is changing, and with those changes comes a broader need in the areas of housing, economic self-sufficiency, health, and connections to resources.  To understand these changes and prepare for the future, a needs assessment was conducted this year to identify key needs and challenges facing our residents.  To maintain our quality of life and long-term prosperity, it is vital that our entire community partner to find solutions to some new and different challenges – government cannot do it alone.  Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily on-line at

The Quick 411 – I heard there is the new "Yellow Dot Program."  How does it work?  There's a "golden hour" after a vehicle crash or emergency.  Medical help may be required, but first responders need to know what medical conditions people might have, especially if they are unconscious or unable to talk.  The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's new "Yellow Dot Program" could save your life, and it is simple:

  1. Visit your local fire station for a kit.
  2. Fill out the booklet in pencil (so you can make future updates).
  3. Attach a current photo into the booklet.
  4. Place the booklet in your glove compartment.
  5. Place the yellow dot decal in the lower left of your rear windshield to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information. Tip: place the sticker no higher than three inches from the bottom.

For more information, and to contact or get the address of your local Fire Station, visit the Web site at

Mason News and Updates – If you know someone who would like to receive news and updates about Fairfax County services and events in Mason District, send an e-mail to to subscribe.  If you do not wish to receive this newsletter or the news and updates, please send an e-mail and include unsubscribe in the subject line to remove your e-mail address from the subscription list.

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire.

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