Original Mount Vernon High School Reuse Project

Fairfax County is looking at future uses for the original Mount Vernon High School property, along with the adjacent George Washington RECenter land.

The county is exploring options on how to reuse the school campus and surrounding property at 8333 Richmond Highway.

Request for Proposals

The county issued a request for proposals to create a master devleopment plan for the property, and two firms submitted responses: The Alexander Company and S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

A contract is anticipated to be awarded in early 2018.

Project Updates

Project Timeline

Fairfax County has begun a multi-departmental effort to coordinate reuse for the site. This effort is linked with the Embark Richmond Highway planning process currently underway in the Mount Vernon and Lee Districts.

The project will develop over three distinct phases; immediate, interim use, and long term reuse. Current actions in each of the phases are listed below. These will be frequently revised to provide up to date information on site activities.

Immediate Phase Actions (2016)

  • The gymnasium officially opens on Oct. 11, 2016, for programming by the South County Teen Center to improve youth and teen programming in Region 1
  • Improvements to the appearance, landscaping, and safety of the school grounds
  • Fields between the school building and George Washington RECenter will continue to be available for community athletic uses
  • Retain existing use of the site by the non-profit groups Progreso Center for Literacy and Citizenship and Brain Injury Services

Interim Use Actions (2017-2019)

  • Assessments and renovations underway in the annex to allow for potential public and educational uses

Long Term Reuse Actions (2017-2022)

  • Community outreach planning
  • Evaluation of planning and redevelopment procurement options for site development

Project Background

The original Mount Vernon High School was built in 1939. The Board of Supervisors owns the 22-acre property and the building was leased to the Islamic Saudi Academy from 1985 to 2016.

The reuse project includes county-owned land surrounding the school building and, the Park Authority’s George Washington RECenter’s grounds. In total, the land area for a potential campus redevelopment is approximately 40.26 acres.

To inform its work, the county convened a community task force to look at possible ways to reuse the building, and the group issued its recommendations in December 2016:

The county also conducted several studies on the old school building, including:

  • Mechanical systems life cycles
  • Possible modifications needed to meet federal American Disabilities Act requirements
  • Historic Structures Report

The property was listed in the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites in the early 1990s. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has determined the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, with additional work underway to confirm that the property remains eligible for the National Register. The county will undertake submission of a new form in in mid-late 2016. This work will inform future efforts towards formally listing the property in the National Register and the potential to use historic tax credits for redevelopment opportunities. The site also has been identified as a Embark Richmond Highway heritage resource.

This project supports the county's strategic Economic Success Plan. 

For more information, please contact Heather Diez, Project Coordinator, at Heather.Diez@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-5800.

Original Mount Vernon High School Property Map

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