The Massey Building began its life in 1967 as the center of Fairfax County government, a 12-story skyscraper on Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax City next to the county courthouse. The general government moved out in 1992 and left the building to the police and fire departments, but it is slowly collapsing. It has asbestos throughout, outdated and failing heating and water systems, and pre-cast concrete pieces breaking off the exterior. Look out below!
So at a Board of Supervisors committee meeting last week, the county unveiled rough plans for a new police and fire headquarters. The location would be the current softball field behind the Herrity Building in the Government Center complex, across the street from Fairfax Corner at the intersection of Government Center Parkway and Monument Drive. The county hopes to start building in 2013, and figures the project would be completed by 2015. The headquarters would be a green-certified building, said project coordinator Hossain Malayeri, who also oversaw the building of the county’s new public safety communications center on West Ox Road.
The total projected cost, as of July 2011: $176,478,174. This money does not exist yet, county spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald said, and would have to be approved by voters in a bond referendum. Fairfax voters have a long history of approving such bonds, and there was no discussion or sign of worry in the board meeting about funding the project. Also included in the grand total are funds for a new government-wide data center, to replace data centers scattered around the county, and for the demolition of the Massey Building.
Here are the financing breakdowns:
New police-fire headquarters: $149,083,664
New data center: $12,990,000
Massey Building demolition: $14,404,510