Adaptive Reuse Project and Former Lorton Reformatory Officially Opens

May 17, 2017
For Immediate Release

Ribbon Cutting on May 18 Celebrates the Completion of Phase 1 and New Apartments 


community swimming pool at Liberty 

A community swimming pool (under construction) will serve new Liberty residents.


On Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 10 a.m., local dignitaries, county staff, historic preservationists, and real estate developers will cut the ribbon on Liberty, a new urban village that will be home to single-family residences and loft-style apartments, and 138,000 square feet of commercial space.

Liberty represents the first phase of a public-private project to redevelop the historic core of the former Lorton Reformatory. The 80-acre reuse area is the final piece of a land development puzzle that began in 2001 when Fairfax County purchased 2,300 acres from the D.C. Department of Corrections.



Liberty Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Thursday, May 18, 2017 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

8400 Lorton Road, Lorton VA 22309

The event includes a tour of the new Liberty Crest Apartments.



  • Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Gerry Hyland, Former Mount Vernon District Supervisor
  • James Patteson, Director, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
  • Chairman Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Susan Dewey, Executive Director, Virginia Housing Development Authority 
  • Joe Alexander, President, The Alexander Company
  • James L. Perry, Regional Partner/V.P., Elm Street Development

 Liberty reuses former prison buildings and preserves the historic character of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When complete, Liberty will be a vibrant, walkable community full of shopping and dining options for new residents living in apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. This long awaited mixed-use project will create another desirable place to live, work, play, learn, and thrive in Fairfax County – a tenet of the county’s strategic plan for economic success. Phase I includes:

  • Adaptive reuse of historic buildings
  • Preservation of interior and exterior historic features
  • 165 multifamily historic apartments
  • 83 new townhomes
  • 24 new single-family homes
  • Civic and community spaces: a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center
  • Historic retail and commercial space: the chapel and powerhouse



The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the master development agreement, or business plan, for the project on July 29, 2014. The estimated $188 million project is a public-private partnership between Fairfax County, The Alexander Company of Madison, Wisconsin, and McLean-based developer Elm Street Development. Local builder Van Metre Homes will be constructing the townhomes and detached single-family homes in the Liberty community. The county is contributing $12.8 million toward the share of public infrastructure design and construction and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is overseeing the public infrastructure construction activities. The county extended use of the property to the developers by way of a 99-year ground lease for the historic properties and fee-simple transfer for the areas being developed with new construction.



Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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