Fairfax County to Buy Permanent Location for the Bailey’s Community Shelter
July 18, 2016
Fairfax County officials announced that they have entered into a contract to purchase land for a permanent location for the new Bailey’s Community Shelter.
The county signed a contract last week to purchase the property at 5914 Seminary Road, Falls Church. This commercial site, which formerly housed a veterinary clinic, sits south of the intersection of Columbia Pike and Route 7. The property is less than half a mile from the shelter’s current location on Moncure Avenue.
The final purchase price will range from between $1.4 to $1.46 million depending on the transaction’s closing date. As with all land purchases, the county will conduct a thorough inspection of the property before closing the deal.
The future permanent shelter is anticipated to open in late 2020. While still in its early stages, the plans envision the shelter as a 15,000 to 20,000 square foot facility with:
- Approximately 50 beds to include the addition of four medical respite beds
- Permanent supportive housing units, reflecting the county’s Housing First strategy
Although a permanent location has been secured, officials say it is still necessary to temporarily relocate the existing shelter. The temporary location is proposed to be on county-owned property behind the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss Street, Alexandria.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed temporary relocation site on Wednesday, July 20 at 8:15 p.m. to determine whether the location, character, and extent of the proposed site is in substantial accord with County’s Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place in the Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Speakers are encouraged to sign up in advance.