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Lorton Prison reuse and development plan approved

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to a plan to transform the remaining portion of the former Lorton Prison complex into a mixed use community.

Under a partnership agreement with the county, developers The Alexander Co. and Elm Street will redevelop the 80-acre site, including renovating former prison dorms into apartments. This portion of the prison property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When complete, the project will include up to 225 apartments in former prison dorms and workshops, 157 new townhomes, six condos and 24 new single-family homes, as well as 110,000 square feet of retail and office space and 20,000 square feet in civic or community space.

In addition to donating the property, Fairfax County will fund $12.7 million of the estimated $188 million project cost. The county contribution will cover infrastructure needs necessary to redevelop the site.

The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by fall 2016. Construction on the second phase is expected to begin in late 2016.

County signs agreement for Silver Line garage



The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a land swap and development proposal for the planned Innovation Center Station in Herndon, which is part of the Silver Line’s second phase. To help reduce costs for the second phase, the county agreed to try and construct two garages through public-private partnerships.

The agreement also allows the garage to be constructed in a location that the county believes will work better than the original location proposed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Fairfax County will cover the $57 million in construction costs for the garage. The board approved a land swap with developers Rock Engineering Company and Nugget Joint Venture, which are developing the site together.

The deal gives the county a 5.5-acre spot for the garage and kiss-and-ride spaces while the developers will build out the remaining 9.1 acres. The board also approved the development plan for the site, which calls for a hotel, apartments, offices and retail space spread across seven buildings.

New CSB director appointed



On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Tisha Deeghan as executive director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). The agency provides services for people with concerns related to mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Deeghan has worked in the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment and prevention for 33 years, including the past 13 years as senior vice president/chief operating officer for Genesee Health System in Michigan.

With a budget of about $150 million and a contract network of some 250 providers, GHS manages specialty services and supports for individuals with serious mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorders and children with serious emotional disturbance. Under her direction, GHS opened its first clinic primarily serving people experiencing homelessness, setting the stage for a second clinic in public housing to open this summer.

She will begin her new position on September 15 and will earn an annual salary of $160,000.