The Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter will be relocated to a temporary facility in a field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center at 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria, according to an announcement posted online by Fairfax County March 29.
The shelter needs to be relocated from its current site on Moncure Avenue in Bailey’s Crossroads to make way for the Southeast Quadrant redevelopment project, which calls for an apartment building on Moncure Street, a county office building on Columbia Pike, and an extension of Seminary Road.
The homeless shelter will operate in a “pre-manufactured, modular structure” for the next four to five years until a permanent site can be found.
The facility will have beds for 50 men and women; 24-hour staffing, including counseling; surface parking; a hypothermia prevention program during the cold months; and fencing, lighting, and other security features.
County officials will hold a community meeting on the proposal April 11, 7 to 9 p.m., in the fellowship room at Peace Lutheran Church, 6362 Lincolnia Road.
Fairfax County officials plan to submit an application on the proposed project to the Planning Commission this week. The Mason District Land Use Committee will discuss the proposal at a public meeting April 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Mason District Government Center. The Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing in late May.
If the project is approved, construction would start next fall, and the shelter could open in spring 2017.