Bailey’s Shelter Will Not Be Temporarily Relocated, Fairfax Officials Say


Sept. 20, 2016

Today, Fairfax County officials said they will not temporarily relocate the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter.

Following zoning approval granted in late July, the county had been proceeding with its plan to move the facility behind the Lincolnia Senior Center on a temporary basis.

However, the temporary relocation is no longer necessary because the county recently bought land for a new shelter, and on September 14, AvalonBay terminated its plans to develop the county-owned site where the shelter sits today. The development deal would have required the shelter’s temporary relocation, officials said.

Instead, it is anticipated that the shelter will move into a new, permanent home at 5914 Seminary Road in the fall of 2019. The property, located approximately one half mile from the current shelter on Moncure Avenue, was previously the site of a veterinary clinic. The county purchased this site on September 14 for $1.4 million.

The county will build a new, approximately 20,000 square-foot shelter at this location. The plans call for the facility to provide:

  • 50 beds to include the addition of five medical respite beds
  • Approximately 15 personal living quarters, reflecting the county’s Housing First strategy

Officials anticipate tearing down the old veterinary clinic by the end of this year, and will begin construction on the new shelter in 2018.

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