The project was presented to the Lee District Land Use Committee on September 21, 2020.
County services in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria are scattered and facilities are small and outdated. The Kingstowne Library and Active Adult Center are in lease space which has significant challenges including space constraints, limited parking and disruption to operations due to maintenance. The new site for the library was previously purchased by the county for the purpose of moving the library from the lease space into a newly constructed facility. The Franconia Police Station, the Lee District Supervisor’s Office and the Franconia Museum are in a facility that does not adequately support operations and needs to be replaced. The facility is undersized, mechanical and structural systems are outdated, parking is insufficient and the fueling station is located within the secure perimeter thereby disallowing access to it by county vehicles other than those used by the police. The new combined facility will provide a safe, convenient and pleasant environment for the residents of the Kingstowne area to gather and have access to county services in one central location. The project is included in the FY 2021 – FY 2025 Adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
This new, combined facility will be approximately 90,000 square feet and offer structured parking and easy access. It will house the Franconia Police Station in approximately 28,000 square feet, the Lee District Supervisor’s Office in approximately 4,200 square feet and the Franconia Museum will be located off the lobby, giving it great exposure. The Active Adult Center will have larger accommodations with approximately 7,200 square feet, and a new childcare center with approximately 10,000 square feet will offer care for infants to pre-kindergarten children. The Kingstowne Community Library will be expanded to a regional library and will occupy approximately 30,000 square feet.
The new building will be constructed on a county-owned vacant site between Beulah Street, Silver Lake Boulevard and Interparcel Road, just south of Manchester Boulevard in the heart of the Kingstowne area in Alexandria. This site was previously designated to house the Kingstowne Library and will now offer an extended number of county services. It is convenient for direct access from the residential neighborhood, the adjacent elementary school and nearby commercial establishments.
The design is being developed and rezoning documents have been submitted.
The growing population of the Kingstowne area of Alexandria will be served by a new facility that will strengthen the well-being of its residents by providing access for people of all ages and abilities to county-based resources and services, and by providing a safe structured environment in a central location where everyone can make use of multiple services in one trip. Community rooms, outdoor spaces and convenient and safe parking add to the benefits. The co-location provides possibilities for synergies between county services, efficient use of space and the use of new energy efficient technologies.
Design of the facility will continue through 2021, while the county pursues permits and completes the rezoning process. Construction is expected to begin in winter/spring 2022 with occupancy expected in 2024.
Project Cost and Funding Source
Funding for the Franconia Police Station, to include the Lee District Supervisor’s Office and the Franconia Museum, was approved in the 2015 Public Safety Bond Referendum. Funding for the library, to include the Active Adult Center was approved in the 2020 Library Bond Referendum.