|The entrance to Stonegate at Landmark on N. Chambliss Street.|
County Board of Supervisors in an attempt to halt the county’s plan to temporarily relocate the Bailey’s Crossroads homeless shelter to the backyard of the Lincolnia Senior Center.
The suit, filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, charges that the placement of the shelter on a 2.5-acre field currently used by residents of the senior center and nearby residential communities will result in “the irreversible loss of green space.”
“The green space behind the Lincolnia Senior Center is an essential community recreational resource,” and it must be protected as specified in the county’s Comprehensive Plan, said Deborah Fraser, president of the Stonegate at Landmark HOA. Stonegate, a community of 45 townhomes, is adjacent to the senior center and the field.
|An informal soccer game on the field behind the senior center.|
The property was identified as essential to the health and welfare of the elderly when the senior center was first established, the suit charges. It has been protected as a “community recreational resource” for more than 30 years, and the Stonegate developer constructed a walking trail around the field in 2001.
The green space is the only open space available for recreation in the area, is enjoyed by neighborhood residents, their children, and patrons of the senior center, the HOA charges.
The suit was filed on behalf of the Stonegate HOA by attorneys Kathleen McDermott and Craig Blakeley of the Alliance Law Group in Tysons Corner.
“By proposing to construct a shelter in the field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is threatening to interfere with (and perhaps completely destroy) the long-established rights of the members of the Stonegate at Landmark community to use that field and the trail around it,” Blakeley said. “We think there is a serious question whether the board has the legal right and authority to proceed with the proposed shelter.”
Deborah Fraser and her husband Mark are also spearheading the “Stop the Shelter” campaign, which they stress is separate from the lawsuit. As part of that effort, they and other Lincolnia residents have been reaching out to individual supervisors and are preparing to testify against the proposed shelter relocation at the Planning Commission hearing.
Fairfax County wants to move the homeless shelter temporarily to Lincolnia because AvalonBay plans to put up an apartment building on Moncure Avenue in Bailey’s Crossroads where the shelter is currently located.