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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fairfax Circle mixed-use project moving forward

A rendering of Scout on the Circle.
Demolition of the long-closed shopping center on Fairfax Circle is expected to start in late 2017 or early 2018 to make way for the Scout on the Circle mixed-use project.

The developer, Combined Properties Inc., announced Aug. 3 that Giant Food has signed on as the anchor for the development.

The delay in getting the project off the ground was caused when the originally planned anchor, Harris Teeter, dropped out after that company was bought by the Kroger Co. At that point, the Scout on the Circle project “wasn’t in their vision,” said Linda Dreyer, director of marketing at Combined Properties.

The new Giant will be a 54,000-square foot full-service grocery store with a pharmacy. Having an anchor “is central to everything that goes on in that property, including being able to get financing and attract a partner” to share in the ownership, Dreyer said.

Its also critical to attract other commercial tenants, she said, noting that 60 to 70 percent of the traffic to a retail center is driven by the anchor. According to Dreyer, there is a “tremendous amount of interest” in the additional 29,000 square feet of retail space available.

Scout in the Circle will have 400 apartments in two six-story buildings with ground-floor retail plus two multi-level parking decks.

Apartments will range from studios with 637 square feet to 1,456-square foot units with two bedrooms and a den. Rents will be market rate and will be set when construction is completed.

There will be 24 affordable units – some of them with rents set at a rate to be affordable for households with incomes 60 percent less than the average median income and others for households at less than 80 percent of AMI.

“Combined Properties has a first-rate project that will become an iconic entrance to our community,” said City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer. 


  1. That area must be a very desirable place to live without metro to support such density. Yet Baileys Crossroads is so close in and all it has are boarded up buildings, a new homeless shelter coming and a government sponsored Penny Social Welfare Palace in its future. What is wrong with this picture?

    1. Don't forget, we get a new single-use apartment building as well, with even more affordable units than this Scout project!

  2. There was a Giant there years ago. Also a Safeway.

  3. mixed use, must not be in the Mason district

    1. What are you talking about, there is mixed use in Mason: boarding houses, junk stores, boarded up storefronts, section 8 housing and homeless shelters.

  4. ironic that the original development there in the 70s was a Giant that folded and became another grocery store. gluttons for punishment?

  5. of course, another grocery store within a mile of 2 others.