Fairfax County Awards Master Development Contract for Portion of Former Lorton Prison

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 5, 2008

Fairfax County Awards Master Development Contract for Portion of Former Lorton Prison

Fairfax County has selected the Alexander Company as the master developer of a portion of the former Lorton Prison, located in what is now known as Laurel Hill. This 80-acre adaptive reuse site includes the former reformatory which is composed of 41 buildings including dorms, an auditorium/hospital and gymnasium, and the former penitentiary’s 15 structures including cellblocks, towers, and a dining area.

Alexander Company, based in Madison, Wis., specializes in urban infill development, brownfield revitalization and historic preservation. 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 six to eight months.

Fairfax County envisions a unique and world-class developmentof 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 2002, when the U.S. Congress transferred the 2,300 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.

For more information on Laurel Hill, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/laurelhill, or contact Chris Caperton, Laurel Hill project coordinator, at 703-324-1375, TTY 711.


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