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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



Absentee Voting Begins in September at the Office of Elections and Seven Satellite Locations – 
In-Person Absentee Voting is available at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323 in Fairfax, from September 19 - October 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.  The Office of Elections will be closed for in-person absentee voting on Monday, October 13 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

  • Expanded voting hours at the Office of Elections begin on October 14 -31, with in-person absentee voting open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  On Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 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 14-31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Absentee Voting By Mail: First ballot mail-out approximately September 19, 2014.
  • Absentee Voting Deadlines: Applications to vote absentee by mail must be received in the Fairfax County Office of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.  The voted ballots must be received in the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 4, to be counted.

Additional information about absentee voting for the November 4, 2014 election is available online at, or by calling the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

Elmdale Walkway - Construction will begin soon on the Elmdale Walkway Project, a walkway spanning the south side of Elmdale Road, from Old Columbia Pike to Braddock Road. The walkway project will consist of a 6' asphalt walkway, accompanied by drainage improvements. During construction, some plantings along the Park Authority property will be impacted. Project engineers have worked closely with a golf course landscape architect to ensure that the necessary replacement or relocation of these plantings will occur to protect neighboring properties from golf balls. It is anticipated that the relocated plantings will improve the screening that currently exists. Completion of this project will provide a safe pedestrian facility in this heavily used area.

Southeast Quadrant - Fairfax County is progressing with a public-private partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and Avalon Bay Communities in the redevelopment of the ‘Southeast Quadrant’ of Bailey’s Crossroads. This area consists of publicly and privately owned property along Columbia Pike, from its intersection with Moncure Avenue to Radley Acura (5823 Columbia Pike). Initial proposals planned for this area included residential development and, potentially, an elementary school on these parcels. Public meetings for this development will resume on October 21, 2014, to seek public comment about this potential change of use. The meeting will be held at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. For more information, please contact the Office of Supervisor Gross at 703-256-7717; Mark Looney of Avalon Bay Communities at 703-456-8652; or the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Design and Construction Services Office 571-423-2280.

Save the Date for the Annandale Fall Festival and Parade! – The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its popular Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike.  The Annandale Fall Festival Parade is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, beginning at the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike and ending at the Fall Festival site.  For more information, log-on to, send an e-mail to, or call 703-256-7232 (Tuesday-Thursday).

Route 50 Pedestrian Initiative Projects - Join the Fairfax County Department of Transportation for an Open House featuring the Route 50 Pedestrian Initiative Projects on Wednesday, October 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School Auditorium (Entrance 8), 7521 Jaguar Trail in Falls Church. Learn about 10 walkway projects along Route 50/Arlington Boulevard that will provide missing links to side walks and improve pedestrian crossings. For more information, contact Seyed Nabavi at 703-877-5759; TTY 711.

Secure Document Shredding - The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will host Document Shredding on Saturday, October 18, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. More information and a complete schedule of other recycling events is available online at

Gardener Open House - Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, will host a Gardener’s Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 7, 12 - 4 p.m. Register in advance for the 1 p.m. children’s puppet show, enter the annual gingerbread house contest, and catch a ride on the trackless train. For more information, call 703-642-5173, or visit

Washington Gas Utility Work Planned along Backlick Road – Beginning this spring, Washington Gas will begin replacing a cast iron gas main along Backlick Road, between Industrial Road and Braddock Road.  The work will be done primarily in the sidewalk on the east side of Backlick Road.  However, one lane of Backlick may be closed in the construction area for safety and equipment staging, as needed.  Washington Gas also will replace gas lines along Larrlyn Drive, from Backlick Road to Woodland Drive.  Washington Gas will maintain access to churches, residences, and commercial establishments along Backlick during construction, and traffic controls will be implemented in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation regulations.  Work will be performed during the day, Monday through Friday, 9:30 – 3 p.m., until November 1, 2014.  Work completion is affected by multiple factors, including the weather.  If additional construction is required, work will recommence on April 1, 2015.

Mason District’s Holiday Town Gathering - Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale Start the holiday season early with your neighbors and Supervisor Gross, and enjoy an evening of local entertainment, refreshments, and hear about the highlights of major activities in Mason District. You may even win a door prize!

More news and information can be found at the NewsWire

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