In November 2016, Fairfax County voters approved the Human Services and Community Development Bond Referendum which provided funding for the construction of two new community centers - including the new Lorton Community Center. In Fall 2019, funding for the complete renovation and expansion of the existing Lorton Library was approved. Once completed, this location will provide a broad array of services, programs and activities for individuals of all ages and abilities throughout these communities.
Attend the Groundbreaking for the Lorton Community Center and Library Virtually or In-Person (August 22, 2020), August 3, 2020
Lorton Community Center and Library Information Sheet, August 3, 2020
Lorton Library Closing for Renovation, February 3, 2020
Project Scope and Site
The new Lorton Community Center will be co-located with the existing Lorton Library at 9520 Richmond Highway. The project includes a complete renovation of the existing 10,000 square foot library with a new addition of 6,000 square feet and construction of a new 30,000 square foot single story Community Center building. The facility will include space for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) as the Murphy House and trailer currently used by LCAC will be removed from the site. When complete, the facility will also serve as the new home for the Lorton Senior Center, which is currently operating in leased space. The project also includes upgrades to the existing park, playground and fitness equipment and walking trails. The construction began in July 2020 with completion anticipated in Spring 2022.
VIDEO: Planning Commission Meeting (May 22, 2019)
(the public hearing begins at the 52 minute mark)
- Summer 2017 - Winter 2019: Design/Zoning/Permits
- Winter 2019: Bid the Project
- July 2020: Begin Construction
- Late Fall 2020: Interim Park
- Spring 2022: Occupancy
Public Participation in the Design/Construction Process
Fairfax County Community Centers are multi-service facilities that serve the needs of individuals of all ages and abilities throughout Fairfax County. To that end, county staff is seeking public input to ensure that the new facility is designed to meet the needs and interests of the surrounding community. There will be multiple opportunities for community involvement throughout the process to discuss everything from construction logistics, amenities and curb appeal to the programming and activities desired at the location.
Community Steering Committee:
Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Stork convened a Community Steering Committee comprised of 10 community members for the purpose of communicating with interested community members and to advocate with county staff, architects and key stakeholders during the development of the community center. The composition of the committee is representative of the diverse community interests in this project including Lorton neighbors, seniors, youth, athletics, the library and the Lorton Community Action Center.
1st Steering Committee Meeting: Aug. 31, 2017
2nd Steering Committee Meeting: Oct. 17, 2017
3rd Steering Committee Meeting: Nov. 28,2017
4th Steering Committee Meeting: Jan. 3, 2018
5th Steering Committee Meeting: Feb. 5, 2018
South County Federation Meeting: Feb. 13, 2018
6th Steering Committee Meeting: Mar. 5, 2018
7th Steering Committee Meeting: Apr. 9, 2018
8th Steering Committee Meeting: August 23, 2018
In Nov. 2017, a survey was conducted within the surrounding community to gather public input for this project. The effort included both mail distribution as well as a door-to-door effort in the surrounding community. In total, the county received 807 responses and the results were shared during the Nov. 28 meeting of the Community Steering Committee.
Project questions and comments from the public may be directed via e-mail to the Lorton Community Center project manager, Martha Sansaver at Martha.Sansaver@fairfaxcounty.gov.