It is Fairfax County’s highest priority to ensure residents, and those within the community, receive accurate and up-to-date information on the future of Lewinsville Center. The following information will answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the Lewinsville Center redevelopment project, including many raised at a public informational meeting held on September 16, 2014.
Why are we redeveloping the Lewinsville Center?
The redevelopment of Lewinsville will increase the overall number of affordable senior housing units and allow for improved facilities and services to better meet the needs of those in the community.
What will the redevelopment of Lewinsville include?
The planned redevelopment project will include demolition of the current facility and construction of two new buildings: the Senior Independent Living Residence, which will provide 82 units of privately operated affordable housing for seniors; and a public facility which will house the Fairfax County Department of Health’s Adult Day Care facility, and two private child day care centers as well as a Senior Center operated by the County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. In addition, the development plans call for a new and improved traffic pattern for the Lewinsville Center which will include sidewalks and two-way traffic lanes around the entire project area, and dedicated turn lanes from Great Falls Street.
Who is building the project?
Wesley Housing Development Corporation and Hamel Builders ("Wesley Hamel") have been selected by Fairfax County to build the residential facility. Fairfax County will build the public facility.
What will the new buildings look like? Will they have elevators?
The residential building will stand two stories tall and will include elevators. The public facility, which will house the Adult Day care facility, the Senior Center and the two private child day care centers, will be single story. The design of the residential and public facility will fit in with the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods. Materials for the facilities will include brick, siding, roof shingles, and residential style windows.
When will construction begin?
If Wesley Hamel is awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), it is anticipated that construction of both the residential building and the public facilities building will begin in Spring 2016 and take approximately eighteen (18) months. Please be advised that these dates are only an estimate. There will be regular communication to fully inform current Lewinsville residents, the larger community, and other interested stakeholders of changes to the anticipated schedule.
How will the construction impact current residents and visitors of the Lewinsville Center? Fairfax County, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), and Wesley Hamel are committed to minimizing disruptions, and safeguarding the welfare and interest of those who live at and use the Lewinsville Center.
• Residents will be relocated (at no cost to themselves) to alternate housing while Lewinsville is under construction. Residents who wish to move back to the facility will be given first priority. Wesley Housing will develop a detailed relocation plan, overseen by the County, for residents. A draft plan will be presented to the County towards the end of November 2014. Residents will receive additional information on the relocation process once the County has reviewed and approved the plan.
Department of Housing and Community Development 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300 Fairfax, Virginia 22030-6039 Office: 703-246-5165, Fax: 703-246-5155, TTY: 703-385-3578 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov
• Child day care services will continue to operate during construction. Classrooms are expected to be temporarily relocated to learning cottages onsite.
• The soccer field will be closed during construction. It will serve as a temporary space for the childcare learning cottages and construction staging.
• The County is currently evaluating off-site locations that will meet the requirements for the Adult Day Health Center and Senior Center. Once those potential locations are identified, the public will be updated about those options. The Adult Day Health Center and Senior Center will continue to operate during construction.
Will residents be required to move out of their current housing unit during construction?
Yes. However, construction is not scheduled to begin until Spring 2016. Residents must keep paying their rent and otherwise meeting lease obligations. Failure to do so may be cause for eviction. If residents choose to move or if evicted prior to receiving a formal notice of relocation eligibility, they will not be eligible to receive relocation assistance. Throughout the process, information will be provided to you through community meetings and written correspondence.
Will residential moving expenses be covered?
Yes. Relocation expenses will be covered for outbound and inbound moving as part of the relocation process. A draft relocation plan is due to the County from Wesley Hamel at the end of November. The County will have dedicated staff available to work with each resident individually on identifying housing alternatives and the timing and logistics of their move. There will also be regular communication with residents throughout the redevelopment process to ensure they are fully informed.
Will current residents of Lewinsville have an opportunity to move back after construction? Yes. Any current resident under lease and in good standing at Lewinsville and who continues to qualify will have the option to return, with first priority, to the property after redevelopment is complete.
What is the configuration of the independent living apartments?
There will be 72 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units.
What will be the eligibility requirements to live in the new residential units at Lewinsville?
Residential units at Lewinsville will be for seniors who meet affordability income restrictions; currently anticipated to be those individuals 62 or older whose household income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (about $44,000 for a one-person household).
Will the new Lewinsville Campus have increased parking?
Yes. Currently there are 105 spaces at Lewinsville. Fairfax County zoning regulations only require 104. Under the proposed redevelopment plan, 140 parking spaces will be made available for Lewinsville residents and visitors. Fairfax County and Wesley Hamel are conducting further analysis of the anticipated parking needs for the project and will work with the community to determine if additional parking, beyond 140 spaces, is desirable. The parking spaces will be standard sized at 8 ½ feet wide and 18 feet deep.
Will the new Senior Center accommodate the large population of seniors in McLean?
The current Senior Center is 3,000 square feet and serves 50 people. The proposed plan increases the Senior Center to 7,500 square feet and would serve 80 seniors. The new facility will allow for expansion of services for the existing Senior Center programs operated by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.