|An illustration of the new sanctuary.|
The Falls Church Anglican is planning to build a new sanctuary next to the office building it purchased in 2015 at 6565 Arlington Blvd. in Mason District. Work on a new parking garage is already under way.
The church’s administrative staff moved into offices on the third floor of the building, says David Andrukonis, chair of the Falls Church Anglican’s building committee. Youth ministries are occupying the basement level. Most of the other existing tenants – generally medical offices – will remain.
The new five-story parking deck, on the east side of the office building, will hold 500 cars, says Andrukonis. It should be completed in summer 2017.
The new sanctuary will be on the west side of the building on the site of a small parking deck, which will be torn down. Construction will start after the parking garage is completed and could be finished by the end of 2018.
|The site of the new parking deck.|
The sanctuary will be about 30,000 square feet with seating for 900 people. The congregation has a little over 2,000 members. The plan calls for two principal services and a smaller, early-morning service every Sunday. The church is currently holding services in leased space at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington.
It’s a by-right project, which means there was no need for a plan amendment or rezoning. The property is zoned C-3 (office district), which allows religious uses.
The Falls Church Anglican was formerly based at the historic Falls Church in the City of Falls Church but was forced to vacate that building in 2012 following a lengthy court battle. The more conservative wing of the congregation cut their ties with the Episcopal Church in 2006.