Liberty Crest at Laurel Hill - The Final Piece of the Puzzle

Liberty Crest at Laurel Hill

Community Benefits of Redevelopment

  • Preservation of a nationally significant historic site
  • New shopping and dining options to support a growing community
  • Beautification of the former prison (no more fences!)
  • Improved access to Giles Run Meadow Park
  • Integration of former prison campus into surrounding community
  • Improved stormwater management
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(In March 2016, the developers shortened the name of the redevelopment from Liberty Crest to Liberty.)

Fairfax County purchased the former Lorton Reformatory following the transfer of the last prisoner in 2001. At that time, based on the recommendations of a citizen's task force, planners created a map that designated potential uses for the historic buildings and surrounding 2,300 acres of rolling hills and wooded stream valleys. Like a puzzle, the map shows pieces of the former prison property fitting neatly together to form what has become the Laurel Hill community, complete with new schools, parkland, a golf course, and an arts center.

Now the final and perhaps most exciting piece of that puzzle is being placed, as a public-private partnership transforms the historic prison campus into a new vibrant village called Liberty Crest at Laurel Hill.

Liberty Crest is an apt name for a community being built on a windy promontory once owned by an officer who served in the Revolutionary War. The historic character of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be preserved as the former prison buildings are updated and repurposed as apartments, office and retail space, and for civic uses. New single-family homes will be built around the site's historic core. This exciting project will create a desirable place to live, work, play, learn, and thrive - a key tenet of the county's strategic plan for economic success.

One could argue that Theodore Roosevelt's vision of the reformatory as a place of rehabilitation is being realized as the prison buildings are given a second chance.

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