A 33-acre tract near the Springfield Mall shopping center has been recommended by the Metro staff as the site for a garage to store and maintain 250 buses.
The vacant, wedge-shaped site was proposed after three earlier potential locations were scuttled in 1976 as the result of intense community opposition.
A public hearing on the new proposal will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lee High School, 6540 Franconia Rd., Springfield.
THe new facility would save the transit authority as estimated $420,000 a year that is now spent to shuttle empty buses between garages in Arlington and Alexandria and the outer ends of Metrobus lines in Fairfax County. Most of the cost is in wages paid to drivers.
Construction of a garage in the Springfield area is supported by Fairfax County officials, who said county taxpayers bear most of the extra costs in the form of operating subsidies paid to Metro.
The proposed garage site is located south of Springfield Mall and north of a concrete pipe manufacturing plant. The General Services Administration's Franconia warehouse is nearby. The proposed Springfield bypass highway would pass along the northern edge of the site.
Also nearby is the location of the Franconia terminal of Metro's proposed Springfield-Franconia subway route into downtown Washington. Buses dispatched from the new garage would provide feeder service to the trains.
Metro officials said it is too early to tell whether an existing skateboard park and golf driving range would be displaced by the garage project. Part of the tract of land occupied by those facilities would be bought by Metro.
Under the proposal, the project would cost an estimated $9.5 million, with 80 percent coming from the federal government. Construction would begin in 1980 with completion scheduled for 1982.
The garage is one of two planned by Metro, with the other to be located in Maryland, near Rockville. Three other sites for the Virginia facility were so sharply attacked at hearings in 1976 that Metro staff members were told to look for a location that would have less negative effect on the community. The other sites were closer to residential areas than the site now proposed.