Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 3 meeting. For more information, call 691-3187.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER -- The board, ending years of debate over the construction of a new county government headquarters, voted 8 to 1, with Annandale Supervisor Audrey Moore in opposition, to approve a plan to build a $83.4 million government center at I-66 and Rte. 50.

The plan, which involves a land swap, will give the Charles E. Smith Cos./Artery Organization Partnership 116 acres of prime development land near Fair Oaks Mall in exchange for construction nearby of a 633,000-square-foot government center building. It would replace the Massey Building, located on Rte. 123 in Fairfax City.

Since the Massey Building opened in 1969, the number of full-time county government employes has increased from 2,300 to 8,700, forcing the county to house many of its employes in rented space in Fairfax City at a cost of $5 million a year.

"We agree pretty much that we need a governmental center," said Providence Supervisor Katherine K. Hanley, defending the land swap. "The question is how we get there."

"We can always go looking for the perfect deal," said Hanley, who along with the other supervisors rejected arguments that the county should finance the center with bonds.

Several supervisors said the county should reserve the use of bonds for new roads and schools.

"This is certainly not a decision we rushed into," said Dranesville Supervisor Nancy K. Falck. "It's been discussed for 10 years."

Construction of the center could begin by next year and is expected to be completed by 1991, according to County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert.

Moore, the lone board member in opposition to the plan, said the county should retain the land, which was purchased in 1979 for $4.1 million and has increased in value to $41.2 million. The deal also was opposed by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.

NUDE DANCING -- The board voted 6 to 0, with three members not present, to restrict the opening of new topless bars and strip joints in Fairfax County and prohibit expansion of the handful of existing establishments that feature seminude dancing.

The move followed a public hearing that drew strong denunciations from county residents about the disruption of neighborhoods caused by the establishments.

Board Chairman John F. Herrity said the nude bars "degrade women" and that the measure approved by the board effectively chokes expansion of the establishments by limiting their spread to large shopping centers like Fair Oaks Mall or Tysons Corner, places where Herrity said they have little likelihood of surviving.

CHRISTIAN SCHOOL -- The board voted 5 to 4 to reject a plan to build a 576-student Christian school in Oakton on 43 acres of residential land on Vale Road near the intersection of Hunter Mill Road.

County planners recommended denial of the plan because it would be too close to a floodplain area. Some residents who live near the proposed school opposed it because they said it would increase traffic and be out of place in their residential neighborhood.

The school's developer, Robert L. Thoburn, is running as an independent candidate for the Board of Supervisors seat of Dranesville Supervisor Nancy K. Falck. Falck voted against the plan.

Two years ago, the board rejected a similar application from Thoburn.

Voting against the proposal were Supervisors Joe Alexander (D-Lee), Katherine K. Hanley (D-Providence), Audrey Moore (D-Annandale), Martha Pennino (D-Centreville) and Falck.

Voting for the plan were Chairman Herrity, Thomas M. Davis III (R-Mason), T. Farrell Egge (R-Mount Vernon) and Elaine McConnell (R-Springfield).