In May 2020, Fairfax County purchased the Mount Vernon Athletic Club with plans to establish a multi-service center to meet the immediate needs of neighborhoods in the Buckman Road area on the west side of Richmond Highway in Alexandria. When complete, the center (whose official name is yet to be determined) will provide recreation, youth programs and other equitable, accessible and effective resources for the whole community. This site is also the planned future location for the workforce training and development center articulated in Supervisor Lusk's (LEE) Feb 2020 Board Matter.
- Attend an upcoming Community Engagement Forum to share feedback regarding the new name for the center as well as programs and services. See below for more information and register today.
- The new community center in the Lee District is coming this summer. Watch this video to see highlights of what to expect.
Prior to the purchase by Fairfax County, the Mount Vernon Athletic Club at 7950 and 7960 Audubon Avenue served as a private health and racquet club for more than 45 years. The site includes a 50,000-square-foot sports facility on the identified parcels totaling 5.3 acres of land.
The property was purchased by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCHRA) in May 2020 and staff have been coordinating with the county's Facilities Management Department on a number of improvements for facility systems and accessibility upgrades before the property is conveyed by late summer 2021 to Fairfax County and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) for operation.
NCS currently operates nine community centers throughout Fairfax County, providing a broad array of activities for individuals of all ages and abilities.
The initial improvements project (referred to as Phase I) will provide minimal renovations and upgrades under the property’s current zoning to improve the existing facility’s functionality and allow for operations to begin. The Department of Housing and Community Development, on behalf of the FCRHA, will be leading in the financing, design, coordination and overall project management efforts for Phase I improvements, which will include:
- Basic Accessibility Improvements (accessible restroom and paths of travel to activity areas)
- Select Capital Renewal Items (mechanical, electrical and plumbing system upgrades)
- Safety Improvements (fire alarm system upgrades, enhanced security systems)
- Community Use Updates (conversion of some of the existing tennis courts to multi-surface sports courts)
The improvements are expected to be completed by late summer/early fall 2021. Questions related to Phase I improvements may be directed to RHA@fairfaxcounty.gov.
A second phase of more comprehensive rehabilitations will be performed at a future date following necessary zoning actions. That work will be led by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services in coordination with NCS. The scope, dates and schedule for these improvements are yet to be determined.
Fairfax County Community Centers are multi-service facilities that serve the needs of individuals of all ages and abilities. To that end, the county will engage the community to ensure the new facility meets their needs and interests. NCS will host four upcoming community engagement forums to discuss the overall vision for the facility, potential resources, activities and programs.
The forum dates are:
- Thursday, May 6, 2021 *Virtually via Zoom*
- Thursday, May 13, 2021 *Virtually via Zoom*
- Thursday, May 20, 2021 *In person*
- Thursday, May 27, 2021 *In person*
- Thursday, June 3, 2021 *In person* at Audubon Estates - Cancelled due to weather.
- Thursday, June 17, 2021 *In person* at Audubon Estates - Rescheduled from 6/10 due to weather.
All sessions will run from 6:45 to 8 p.m. and will be hosted, based on the date, either virtually via Zoom or in person (based on all appropriate CDC and Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines) at Mount Vernon Woods Park, 4014 Fielding Street, Alexandria or Audubon Estates, 7930 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22306 (depending on date). Registration is required. Additional information and related materials will be posted as they become available. Please continue to check back for additional updates. You can also contact Amanda Rogers, NCS Communications.
For questions about the minor improvements and project schedule, please contact RHA@fairfaxcounty.gov.
For questions regarding community outreach and potential uses for the facility, please contact email@example.com.
*The official name for the facility has not yet been determined.