Citizens Task Force to Hold Third Proposal Workshop for Master Planning


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June 17, 2003

 

Citizens Task Force to Hold Third Proposal Workshop
for Master Planning of Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Areas

 

The Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Citizens Task Force will hold a third public workshop to hear formal proposals from organizations and individuals interested in using the adaptive reuse areas of the former District of Columbia Correctional Facility at Lorton, with special focus on the Central/Maximum Facility near Silverbrook Road. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. in Rooms 9 and 10 of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Two previous proposal workshops, held on May 3 and June 11, provided the task force an opportunity to hear formal proposals from several organizations.

Even with the Board of Supervisors' recent support of the Lorton Arts Foundation's proposal for the Occoquan Workhouse, the task force is still faced with planning the Central/Maximum security area near Silverbrook Road, which includes approximately 100 acres of land with 50 buildings and more than 300,000 square feet of available space. Most of the buildings are historic and architecturally significant.

Each presenter will have a maximum of 10 minutes to share their proposal. After each proposal, approximately five minutes will be allotted for questions from task force members and three minutes allotted for questions from the audience. There will be additional time for questions at the conclusion of all presentations.

Presenters who delivered formal proposals at the June 11 meeting will be invited to attend the June 24 meeting and respond to audience questions. Due to time constraints, there was no opportunity for audience questions at the June 11 meeting.

Proposals should be consistent with the mission statement and principles set forth by the task force. These are posted on the Internet at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill/reusecommittee.htm.

Citizens are invited to attend the June 24 meeting and learn about various proposals for the site. The proposals, along with input from public meetings held in March and May, will help the task force develop a set of recommendations for the adaptive reuse areas to present to the Board of Supervisors at the end of this year.

The master planning process is an intensive 12-month effort that began in the fall of 2002 and will continue through 2003. The Adaptive Reuse Citizens Task Force and the Fairfax County Park Authority will develop a set of ideas and recommendations for their respective areas of Laurel Hill. The Park Authority will develop future use plans for the park and recreational areas of Laurel Hill as identified in the Comprehensive Plan.

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 in 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. Please allow seven working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.


 

 

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