Master Developer Proposals Now Accepted


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Sept. 5, 2007

 Master Developer Proposals Now Accepted for
Portion of Former Lorton Prison

Fairfax County has issued a request for proposal for a master developer to assist the county with the adaptive reuse of a portion of the former Lorton prison, located in what is now known as Laurel Hill. The proposal request is for qualified private developers to join in a public/private effort to work with Fairfax County in creating a master development plan for the 80-acre area formerly known as the reformatory and penitentiary.

A pre-proposal conference will be held on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in conference room 8 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway. The request for proposal can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpsm/solic.htm. All proposals should be submitted no later than 2 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2007. Questions or requests for hard copies may be directed to 703-324-3201, TTY 711.

The master development plan will include features such as adaptive reuse considerations, project financial feasibility, phasing of construction and the application of historic tax credits. The project is expected to take between six to eight months.

Fairfax County envisions a unique and world-class development of residential, retail, commercial and educational space within the former reformatory and penitentiary complex.  This development will serve the expanding south county region and create a unique destination in harmony with the surrounding uses, including single-family residential, older-adult living residential, schools, a planned arts center and parks.

Since 1998, when the U.S. Congress transferred the 2,000 acres of property at Laurel Hill to Fairfax County, the county has worked with residents and Board of Supervisors’-appointed boards and task forces to develop plans for the future use of the area. The Laurel Hill Golf Course, which opened in the fall of 2005, is an example of one plan that has been completed.

For more information about Laurel Hill, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill.
For more information about the golf course, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/laurelhill.

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