Fairfax County is creating a master development plan for the combined property at the Original Mount Vernon High School campus located at 8333 Richmond Highway and the Fairfax County Park Authority’s George Washington Recreation Center and Park located at 8426 Old Mount Vernon Road.
The master development plan will recommend steps to transform the 42-acre school campus and park site. Efforts will include adapting the historic structures into multigenerational, vibrant community spaces for use by a mix of public, private, residential, educational, recreational, and non-profit uses.
The handout for the Original Mount Vernon High School project is available at: OMVHS Program Handout.
Fairfax County approved an agreement to create a master redevelopment plan for the site. The Alexander Company and Elm Street Development were selected to work with county staff, the Park Authority and the Mount Vernon and Lee District communities to create the master plan.
The Alexander Company and Elm Street Development team are also transforming another property owned by the county, the former Lorton Prison now named Liberty Lorton, into a vibrant mixed-use community.
The original Mount Vernon High School was built in 1939, a classic example of Colonial Revival architecture. It is located on land that was once part of George Washington’s estate.
In 1987, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources determined that the high school property was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The school was added to the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register on December 14, 2017, and the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 2018.
The Islamic Saudi Academy had previously leased the school campus for 31 years. The site became available for redevelopment in October 2016.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors owns the 22-acre school property. The Fairfax County Park Authority owns the George Washington RECenter and parkland to the southeast of the Original Mount Vernon High School site. The combined properties are included in the master planning and redevelopment effort.
The county is developing a master plan to reuse the original Mount Vernon High School campus at 8333 Richmond Highway. The redevelopment project includes the Fairfax County Park Authority’s George Washington RECenter facility and grounds at 8426 Mount Vernon Road.
In collaboration with the community, Fairfax County, and the Park Authority, the Alexander Company and Elm Street Development will create a master plan for shared multigenerational, vibrant community spaces with public and private, residential, educational, recreational and non-profit uses, as well as pedestrian connections to the nearby potential bus rapid transit station. This strategic location along Richmond Highway is next to one of nine potential bus rapid transit stations that will run along the highway from Huntington Metro Station to Fort Belvoir.
Reflect the unique tapestry of the Fairfax County community
Create shared, multigenerational community spaces
Serve as an incubator for non-profits and businesses
Be self-sustaining and contribute to the economy of the region
Enhance recreation amenities for the community
“Our goal for the redevelopment of this innovative community campus is to reflect the unique tapestry of the Fairfax County community; create shared, multi-generational community spaces; and serve as an incubator for nonprofits and businesses alike, while being self-sustaining and contributing to the economy of the region.” - Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck
The redevelopment will need to be financially viable and sustain itself economically. A variety of options will be evaluated and uses considered including market-rate residential. The master development plan will explore the following opportunities:
The Original Mount Vernon High School redevelopment supports the county’s Economic Success Strategic Plan to grow and diversify the economy.
“The campus is a unique asset, and today’s milestone moves us closer to making it into a vibrant hub along Richmond Highway that advances the county’s goals for economic success and social equity.” - Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill
The first step in the redevelopment is the creation of a master plan, which will be completed in 2018, followed by land use actions and project design. The process for the redevelopment project is summarized below:
In the meantime, the county is already using some parts of the school while the longer-term master development planning process proceeds. The redevelopment project is planned in phases as summarized below.
Opportunities to engage with the planning team and provide input are being planned. A community open house to provide background information and outline redevelopment goals and process is planned for April 5, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
A variety of funding options and sources will be evaluated as the master plan is developed and the implementation phasing and schedule are identified. Funding is subject to the approval of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck's Remarks from the April 5 Open House (8 min video)
For more information, contact Katayoon Shaya at 703-324-5800, TTY 711, or email.
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