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McLean Senior Center Set to Expand

The county plans to construct a building for independent and assisted living next to the existing Lewinsville Senior Center on Great Falls Street.
The county plans to construct a building for independent and assisted living next to the existing Lewinsville Senior Center on Great Falls Street. (Photos By James M. Thresher -- The Washington Post)

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By C. Woodrow Irvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fairfax County is moving ahead with plans to renovate and expand the Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean, an assisted living and senior citizens' recreation complex.

When finished, the center will have 60 assisted living beds and 22 independent living apartments for seniors, as well as adult and child day-care centers. The renovation and expansion should be completed by late 2008 or early 2009, officials said.

The county Board of Supervisors recently voted to award contracts for design and construction of what will be called the Lewinsville Senior Center and Residences. The contracts were awarded to Grimm and Parker Architects and the engineering firm of Vika Inc., both of McLean, for a total of $1.4 million.

County officials say the improvements were needed to meet growing demand for affordable senior housing facilities as the Fairfax population ages. The existing Lewinsville Senior Center and independent living space are housed in a former elementary school on Great Falls Street. The 38,355-square-foot building also provides leased space for two child day-care providers and to the county Health Department, which operates the Lewinsville Adult Day Care Center.

Plans call for the construction of a 52,000-square-foot building next to the existing structure to house up to 60 elderly people in need of assisted living arrangements and to accommodate the 22 independent living units, which will be moved from the smaller building.

The original building will then be renovated and used again for the senior recreation center, the child and adult day-care programs and a day-care center for Alzheimer's patients, which would be relocated from elsewhere in McLean.

Other changes include additional parking, landscaping, exterior lighting and road access. Existing playgrounds will be moved and replaced, and minor adjustments to athletic fields on the grounds will be required, officials said.

The county government operates 13 senior centers.


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