Fairfax City leaders, who are renaming Route 50 within the city Fairfax Boulevard on July 1, have established a board to spruce up the corridor's appearance and commercial appeal.
The City Council selected 18 people to be directors of the Fairfax Boulevard Business Improvement District.
All own property or businesses in the district, whose activities will be financed in part by an assessment levied on Fairfax Boulevard businesses.
The board will organize and direct the improvement district, manage requests from its members and oversee spending, according to a news release.
Fairfax Boulevard will stretch from the western city limit to the eastern city limit. On July 1, the city plans to install traffic signs identifying the street by its new name. Currently, it is known as Main Street within the city west of Kamp Washington, Lee Highway from Kamp Washington to Fairfax Circle and Arlington Boulevard east of Fairfax Circle.
However, Lee Highway (Route 29) will not change its name south of Kamp Washington and north of Fairfax Circle.
The renaming of Route 50 was recommended by a task force to strengthen the corridor's identity and economic development potential.
Members of the board appointed by the City Council are:
* For three-year terms -- John Napolitano as chairman, and Amin Amanullah, Cosmos Bells, Jim Brantley, John Moore, Don Reilly and Charles Stringfellow.
* For two-year terms -- Kevin Farrish, Walter Ireland, George E. Stone, Jackie Camplisson, Richard Szymczyk and David Wise.
* For one-year terms -- Gardner Britt, Bill Burnett, Eric Capps, Forrest Higginbotham, Kathleen McKay and Reta Wood.