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. Once completed, this location will provide a broad array of services, programs and activities for individuals of all ages and abilities throughout these communities.
Project Scope and Site
The Lorton Community Center will be a single-story building with gymnasium with a total of approximately 30,000 square feet. The facility will include space for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) as the Murphy House and trailer currently used by the LCAC will be removed from the site. When complete, the facility will also serve as the new home of the Lorton Senior Center (currently operating in leased space).
The site for this project is located adjacent to the Lorton Community Library at 9518 Richmond Highway. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by early 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
- Spring 2020: Begin Construction
- (Anticipated) Early 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.