The Fairfax County School Board is examining the viability of acquiring a five-story office building at 6245 Leesburg Pike in Seven Corners and converting to a school to provide relief for the severely overcrowded Bailey’s Elementary School.
According to a Sept. 5 news release from Fairfax County Public Schools, Bailey’s is at 130 percent capacity with more than 1,300 students and has 19 trailers. Parents have long been urging the school system to address the problem.
The five-story office building, which has been vacant for a year, is a foreclosed property owned by a Maryland limited liability company listed on county tax records as 6245 Leesburg Pike I LLC. FCPS has been negotiating in good faith over the past two months, the news release states, but since the owners have been unresponsive, the school board has approved the use of a statutory authority to gain access to the vacant building to determine whether it could be converted for use as a vertical-design school.
A thorough internal inspection of the building is necessary to determine whether this building would allow for the design of a fully functioning elementary school. The property is valued at $7.35 million.
The building used to house Fairfax County health and social services offices before they were relocated to the Heritage complex on Little River Turnpike, Annandale, in the summer of 2012.