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A public safety bond issue on the ballot Nov. 3 would allow Fairfax County to borrow up to $151 million for police and fire department facilities throughout the county, including two projects serving the Annandale area – a new larger building for the Franconia Police District and an expanded Edsall Road Fire Station.
The school bond includes $13.6 million for construction of a new elementary school in the Sully District, $13.4 million for an addition at South Lakes High School, $89 million for renovations at West Springfield High School, $99 million for renovations at Herndon High School, renovation planning at two middle schools (Hughes and Cooper), and renovation projects at nine elementary schools.
Falls Church High School, which is in need of renovation but falls far down on the FCPS “renovation queue,” isn’t covered in this bond issue.
Here’s a summary of the projects supported by the public safety bond:
- $30 million for a combination animal shelter/police station to serve the growing South County area. The additional police station will allow the Fairfax County Police Department to organize smaller patrol areas and decrease response times throughout the county. The new animal shelter will offer pet adoptions, rabies clinics, spay and neuter services, and wildlife education.
- $13 million for a new police helipad. The existing helicopter hangars are two small and the sloped landing pad is unsafe in the winter.
- $24 million for an operations support bureau. The existing facility, located within a former elementary school in the Annandale area, is too small. It houses SWAT, K-9, bomb squad, traffic control, and other functions.
- $10 million for a new building for the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center and K-9 training center.
- $23 million for a new Franconia District Police Station. The current building, which also houses the Lee District supervisor’s office and Franconia Museum, was built in 1992, but “has exceeded its intended life cycle and requires extensive renovations to meet current operational needs,” states an information sheet issued by the Board of Supervisors.
- $10 million to expand the Edsall Road Fire Station, which serves the Annandale and Springfield areas. The station’s two and a-half apparatus bays are undersized, female living facilities are inadequate, and additional space is needed to conduct operations management and support functions.
- The bond also includes renovation/expansion projects for the Merrifield, Penn Daw, Woodlawn, and Reston fire stations.