|A new homeless shelter will be built on this site.|
“The temporary relocation is no longer necessary because the county recently bought land for a new shelter, and on Sept. 14, AvalonBay terminated its plans to develop the county-owned site where the shelter sits today,” says a statement released by Fairfax County following a discussion of the changed plans at the Sept. 20 Board of Supervisors meeting.
The development deal would have required the shelter, currently located on Moncure Avenue, to be relocated to a temporary site next year until the new shelter is built.
Instead, the shelter will be moved to a permanent site at 5914 Seminary Road in the fall of 2019. The county purchased that site Sept. 14 for $1.4 million. An empty building that used to house a veterinary clinic is currently on that property.
There was no discussion at the BoS meeting about why AvalonBay backed out of the deal to build an apartment building as part of the county’s plan to redevelop the Southeast Quadrant in Bailey’s Crossroads. It is not known whether the county is negotiating with other developers or will proceed to build a county office building at that location.
“We are very pleased and we’re celebrating,” said Deb Fraser, a resident of Stonegate at Landmark who spearheaded a campaign to oppose a temporary shelter behind the Lincolnia Senior Center. “It’s taken the community at large a lot of effort to fight this and we appreciate everyone’s help.”
The new 20,000 square-foot shelter will have 50 beds and 15 “personal living quarters” to be used as transitional housing. The county plans to demolish the old vet clinic by the end of this year and begin construction of a new shelter in 2018.