On Thursday, March 9, 2023, staff from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services joined county leaders to break ground on the new Franconia Governmental Center and Kingstowne Regional Library. Located at 7130 Silver Lake Boulevard in Alexandria, the facility will be home to a number of new county facilities including the Kingstowne Center for Active Adults and a new NCS Early Childhood Program.
The Kingstowne Library and Center for Active Adults are currently located two miles away in leased space with significant challenges including space constraints and limited parking. The land for the new space was previously purchased by the county for the purpose of moving the library from the lease space into a newly constructed facility. The new Center for Active Adults will offer 8,000 square feet of space for fitness and exercise programs, structured activities, social gatherings and meal service.
The new Early Childhood Program will help meet the demand for affordable, high-quality childcare in Fairfax County. The 10,000-square-foot childcare center will offer equitable, full-time childcare services for 78 children aged birth to age 5, including families with moderate incomes. This program is part of the Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan, which aims to ensure that children are ready for success in kindergarten and beyond.
The Franconia Governmental Center and Kingstowne Regional Library is set to open in 2025. For more information on this project, visit Franconia Governmental Center and Kingstowne Regional Library Project.
Pictured left to right: Keisha Dotson, NCS Deputy Director; Pallas Washington, NCS Deputy Director; Chris Scales, Division Director, NCS Cultural, Recreation and Community Connections; Flor Philips, Division Director, NCS Early Childhood Education; Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
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