Study Aims to Connect the Dots in Springfield

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

May 15, 2006

Study Aims to Connect the Dots in Springfield

A presentation on the connectivity of roads and buildings in the Springfield business area is scheduled for Friday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield. The presentation concludes a week-long study by Fairfax County and the Urban Land Institute. The presentation by the Urban Land Institute will provide an initial summary of findings, after which the nonprofit organization will provide a detailed analysis of the Springfield business area in written form later this year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors commissioned this study to keep a step ahead of likely development and to better manage cumulative impacts.

The summary presentation will be available online after May 26 at and in hard copy at the Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria.

Interstate 95 and Old Keene Mill Road/Franconia Road split the Springfield business area into four quadrants, making road, pedestrian and transit circulation difficult, limiting connectivity. These four quadrants include Springfield Mall, Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, a General Services Administration warehouse and the Fort Belvoir Engineer Proving Ground, which could experience significant growth as a result of the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Act. Each of the four quadrants also is beginning to undergo substantial redevelopment, including mixed-use projects, as part of a revitalization effort.

A panel of independent experts from the Urban Land Institute will spend the week of May 22 examining the area, including interviews with property owners, community leaders, commercial interests, elected officials, county staff, regional transportation staff and representatives from Fort Belvoir. The Urban Land Institute has selected a diverse group of experts, including land use, transportation, revitalization and commercial development, to study Springfield

The final report will be a reference for future planning efforts as the area redevelops and grows.

For additional information about the study, contact Barbara Byron in the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1250, TTY 711.


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