Springfield Mall Doubles
Commuter Parking Spaces
Springfield Mall is doubling the number of commuter parking spaces in its garage, from 500 to 1,000, county officials said. The monthly rate stays at $7.50 a space.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has provided about $90,000 a year for the parking spaces from its Springfield interchange congestion management program. Fairfax Connector buses operate at the mall under an agreement between the county and mall officials. The parking is on levels four and five of the garage.
McLean Democrat Steps Into
Dranesville District Race
McLean lawyer John W. Foust said he would run for the Democratic nomination for county supervisor from the Dranesville District.
The incumbent, Stuart Mendelsohn (R), has said he will not seek reelection next fall. A Republican, Joan M. DuBois, said last week she would seek the GOP nomination.
Foust resigned Dec. 4 as president of the McLean Citizens Association, a nonpartisan organization. Foust, who is married and has two sons, has lived in McLean since 1987. He has been active in Scouting.
He said he would "focus on making the community more livable, controlling sprawl and preserving green space."
The Dranesville District includes McLean, Great Falls, Herndon and parts of Falls Church and Vienna.
Fairfax Seeks to Confer
With Falls Church on Land
County supervisors have asked County Executive Anthony H. Griffin to seek a meeting with Falls Church officials on the city's proposal to buy privately owned open space in the county for a new school.
The city is eyeing several acres in Fairfax County, on Cherry Street in the Hillwood Square townhouse community. Falls Church needs another school to accommodate its swelling student population. Hillwood Square residents oppose the taking of the communal property.
Falls Church has the legal authority to declare eminent domain and take the property, but Fairfax supervisors said the county would fight what they regard as a hostile action in court.
Mason Neck Trail Addition
Advances; Discussion Set
A contract to build a new section of the Mason Neck Trail has been awarded to a Warrenton contractor, county officials said. Meantime, the county Park Authority has set a meeting for Jan. 27 to discuss the so-called Cross-County Trail, a planned 40-mile route from the Occoquan River to the Potomac River at Great Falls.
The new section of asphalt trail at Mason Neck will be eight feet wide and about 5,000 feet long. It will run between the entrance to Mason Neck State Park and a service road within the southern part of Pohick Regional Park.
R.L. Rider & Co. won the $248,700 bid. A spokesman for the company said it was unclear when the contractor would break ground. The Cross-County Trail meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Fairfax High School.
The caucus will give area trail enthusiasts an opportunity to meet volunteers, get a better understanding of how trails are created and developed, and hear a report on the Cross-County Trail's progress.
New trail maps will be distributed at the meeting, and various volunteer projects completed during the year will be recognized.
The school is at 3500 Old Lee Hwy. For more information, call 703-324-8726.
Group Trades Services
For Offices Along Route 1
County supervisors have approved a proposal to allow Progreso Hispano, a nonprofit volunteer community development organization, to move into new, permanent offices along Route 1.
Under the agreement, the county will spend $200,000 this winter to renovate 3,000 square feet of unfinished space in the former Walt Whitman Intermediate School's Home Economics Building at 4100 Mohawk Lane in the Alexandria area of the county.
The county will pay for maintenance and utilities at the building. Instead of paying rent, Progreso Hispano will continue providing social and immigration services to the Hispanic community in the Mount Vernon area. The group said it also plans to establish a community center. Progreso Hispano's programs support as many as 100 people a week.
McLean Park Renovations
To Be Complete in Spring
The renovation of McLean Central Park is scheduled to be completed by spring, Fairfax County Park Authority officials said.
The recent dedication of a tot lot, sidewalks and benches and the installation of a gazebo in the park completed the first two phases of the revitalization.
Other improvements include installing plant screening and low-level lighting along the sidewalks.
The McLean Citizens Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Park Authority to help provide flowering cherry trees.
The park is at Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Boulevard.
-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly
and C. Woodrow Irvin