Citizens Task Force to Host Public Meetings for Adaptive Reuse
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May 16, 2003
Citizens Task Force to Host Public
for Adaptive Reuse Master Planning of Laurel Hill
Fairfax County Residents Encouraged to
Attend and Provide Input into Process
The Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Citizens Task Force will hold two meetings this month seeking input from county residents concerning the adaptive reuse of the former District of Columbia Correctional Facility at Lorton. Public meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 29, from 7-9 p.m. each evening. The May 27 meeting will be held at the Braddock District Supervisor's Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road in Burke, while the May 29 meeting will be held in Rooms 9 and 10 of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.
Citizens are encouraged to attend either or both meetings to share ideas about the future use of the buildings at Laurel Hill. Ideas and comments will help the task force develop recommendations for the property to present to the Board of Supervisors.
The task force, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority, is working to develop options for Laurel Hill, the former D.C. prison site at Lorton. The task force's work includes identifying uses for the 136 historic buildings on the site. The Park Authority is currently planning the open space, park and recreation uses.
The master planning process is an intensive 12-month effort that began in the fall of 2002 and will continue through 2003. During this period, the Adaptive Reuse Citizens Task Force and the Fairfax County Park Authority will develop a set of ideas for their respective areas of Laurel Hill that are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The task force will identify recommendations for the former Occoquan Workhouse and Central/Maximum Security Facility that they will submit to the Board of Supervisors by the end of 2003. The Park Authority will work on plans for the park and recreational areas including the former youth facility that will be transferred to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the remaining property that will be transferred to the county Park Authority.
Background information about Laurel Hill and the master planning process
can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill. For more about
the adaptive reuse process, contact Mary Ashton in the Office of the
County Executive at 703-324-2531, TTY 703-222-5495. For more on the Park
Authority process, contact Judy Pedersen at the Park Authority at
703-324-8662, TTY 703-324-3988. To request special accommodations for
either meeting, call 703-324-2531, TTY 703-222-5495.