|The temporary Bailey's Crossroads fire station is on the future site of the East County office building.|
The county is working with the Weissberg Corp. on a public/private partnership to put a county office building and multifamily housing on a 6.46-acre property on Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue. Discussions on the project started six years ago, stalled for a while, and now are back on the table.
The 180,000-square-foot East County building will house the agencies that moved last summer from Leesburg Pike in Seven Corners to the Heritage office complex on Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Those offices include Neighborhood and Community Services, the Health Department, the Community Services Board, Family Services, child and adult protective services, caregiver resources, assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities, and related offices.
|The Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter|
The Weissberg Corp plans to build 425 residential units and possibly a limited amount of retail space. While the office and residential buildings will be an “integrated development,” it hasn’t been determined whether they will be physically joined or not. Weissberg owns two acres of the Columbia Pike site; the county owns the rest.
A temporary fire station and the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter are currently on the site. The fire station will be torn down when the new Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station is completed a couple of blocks up Columbia Pike. A new 8,000-square-foot homeless shelter will be incorporated into the project to replace the old one. The county will have to provide temporary housing for the shelter occupants during the interim.
The project also includes rerouting Seminary Road, a multilevel parking structure with 500 to 600 spaces, and a small number of single-occupancy units to serve as transitional housing for people leaving the shelter. Those units would be dispersed within the Weissberg property.
Needham outlined what he acknowledged is an aggressive schedule for the East County office building project: A concept plan drafted by September 2013; an interim development agreement with Weissberg this fall; rezoning during fall 2013 through summer 2014; and construction taking place in spring 2018 through fall 2020. Weissberg would develop its component of the project during spring 2015 through fall 2016.
The project would conform to the Bailey’s Crossroads revitalization plan, which was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as an amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan in July 2010.
Needham said the county’s expectations for the office building include silver LEED certification, infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations, innovative stormwater management, a reflective or vegetative roof, lighting that takes advantage of daylight, digital security and energy management systems, and LED lights.