A Fairfax County advisory committee has recommended that more than one-quarter of an anticipated $4.1 million in federal community development funds go to Woodley-Nightingale, a rundown trailer park in southeastern Fairfax.
The Project Selection Committee, a group of 31 residents appointed by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, also recommended that a substantial portion of the county's Community Development Block Grants go to help residents with home repairs and for road improvements.
The advisory group said the funds should be used to "eliminate conditions of blight, deterioration and disorderly growth throughout the county," and that attention should be focused on rundown neighborhoods, health and safety problems, and facilities and services for low- and moderate-income families.
The committee released its proposals earlier this week at a joint hearing of the supervisors and the County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will consider the proposal and then make its own recommendations. The final decision rests with the Board of Supervisors.
The advisory group recommended that top priority be given to completing projects already initiated.
Under the committee's proposal, $817,855 would go to help repay a HUD loan that enabled the county housing authority to purchase Woodley-Nightingale trailer park, and another $561,640 would pay the costs of relocating some residents.
Few groups would receive the full amount they requested, and some would receive none. For instance, the proposal recommended that the Reston Advisory Committee get none of the $30,000 it wanted for community rooms at the Stonegate and Cedar Ridge subsidized-housing projects.
But Democratic Supervisor Martha Pennino, who represents the area, praised the Reston group and said she would support the requests.
The advisory committee also rejected an $860,000 request by the town of Herndon for a community center addition, which would include a game room and racketball courts.
The only recreational projects the group supported were those specifically designed for the handicapped and the elderly.
The Bailey's community would get $490,000, with $290,000 in new funds and $200,000 in reprogrammed funds, for improvements to Lacy Boulevard and Magnolia Lane; the James Lee community would receive $145,000 to complete work on Sampson Street; and Fairhaven community would get $295,000, with $145,000 in new monies and $150,000 in reprogrammed funds, to complete work on Rixey Drive.
The county's home improvement loan program, designed to provide assistance to county homeowners, would receive $835,000. Another $150,000 would go to expand the elderly home repair program, which provides labor and material to help elderly homeowners with minor improvements.
The Lincoln-Lewis-Vannoy Communities group would receive $9,000--it asked for $9,052--to fund a community transportation service for residents.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has not told the county exactly how large its community development block grant will be, but advised the county it probably will be comparable to the $4.1 million Fairfax received the last time around.