An exciting and innovative project is underway in the heart of Fairfax City that will bring health, wellness and recreation together on one campus. Fairfax City and Fairfax County are jointly redeveloping the campus at the current Joseph Willard Health Center (JWHC)/Sherwood Community Center location. Once complete, the City-operated community center and a County-operated health and human services center will provide integrated services to both City and County residents.
The joint redevelopment project came about following years-long evaluations conducted by both the City and County. A very unique joint redevelopment agreement is now in place to develop a conceptual plan for this campus and the City and County are working closely together to make it happen.
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FAQs: More information about the background and feasibility studies for Joseph Willard Health Center (JWHC) and Green Acres can be found in the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center FAQs.
In-Person and Virtual Community Meetings were held in January and February. A video of the In-Person Drop-In event and presentations from the Virtual Community Meetings are shared below. Future Community Meetings are being planned and information for them will be posted on this website.
In-Person: A “Drop-In” event was held at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center (3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030) on February 23, 2022 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Virtual: Two virtual Zoom Open House Community Meetings were held on January 26 and 29, 2022. See links below for meeting presentations and videos.
Main Room Presentation
Breakout Room 1
Breakout Room 2
Breakout Room 3
Breakout Room 4
Main session and Breakout room 2
Breakout room 1
Breakout room 3
Breakout room 4
Joseph Willard Health Center (JWHC)
2017-2018 JWHC Feasibility Study:
Green Acres Community Center
Green Acres Feasibility Study:
Sherwood Community Center
The joint development will accommodate the needs identified by both feasibility studies and allow the Health Department to provide essential services during emergencies or operational interruptions. The redevelopment will also meet the community center needs identified in the Green Acres study.
The project includes demolition of the current JWHC and construction of a new, approximately 95,000 square feet facility in its place at 3750 Old Lee Highway, connecting to and expanding the existing Sherwood Center at 3740 Old Lee Highway. The project is intended to co-locate and integrate programming of health and human services and a community center to serve both City and County residents. The current funding for this project is included within both jurisdiction’s Capital Improvement Plans. More information about funding can be found at 2020 Community Health and Human Services Facilities Bonds Explanation.
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This campus will offer many different programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals of all ages and abilities throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. To that end, County and City staff are seeking input to ensure that the campus is designed to meet the needs and interests of the surrounding community. While some of the programs in the facility have already been designated; there will be multiple opportunities for community involvement and engagement throughout the process to discuss a variety of topics including site concepts, facility amenities, community center programming, and construction logistics. Notices for open houses and other public meetings will be posted on this webpage and shared with the community through social media, newsletters, and other channels used by the City and County.
Project questions and comments from the public may be directed via e-mail to the Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center project team at Willard-SherwoodProject@fairfaxcounty.gov. Questions can also be posted on the City of Fairfax Willard-Sherwood Health and Community Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035