|The Landmark Building is being torn down.|
Demolition of that building is expected to be completed by the end of September.
The property was acquired by Fairfax County last year as part of a land swap with the Weissberg Corp., which now owns the adjacent land – between the Landmark property and Moncure Avenue – where it plans to build the Columbia Crossroads apartment complex.
Fairfax County is considering constructing a human services facility on the Landmark site, but is also considering reusing other buildings for that purpose, Joan Beacham, the project coordinator with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, said at an Aug. 21 meeting of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation.
The interim park would be in place for about five years, until the county develops the property.
Suzie Bautista, a park planner with the Fairfax County Park Authority, said development of the park would start in spring 2019, and it would be completed next summer. Mason Supervisor Penny Gross plans to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve $100,000 in carryover funds in the county budget to cover the cost of the project. The board will vote on that request Sept. 25.
The park would have modular features for active recreation – such as a skate area or basketball court – that could be relocated to another temporary park in the future, Bautista says. There would also be areas for passive recreation, such as picnic tables, a stage area with seating, and a shaded area for community gatherings.
Bautista envisions the park facilities having bright, fun colors, and playful elements. The existing parking lot at the rear of the property with 75 spaces would be retained. Low-level lighting would be installed for security at night.
The park could be used for temporary events, such as a mobile farmers market or food truck festival. A pedestrian entrance gate could be installed at the rear of the property if the residents of the Ellery Place townhouses want it.