Hooes Rd. bridge at Accotink Creek in Springfield reopens

The Hooes Road bridge over Accotink Creek in Springfield reopened to traffic Dec. 28. The bridge had been closed for repairs since July.

The bridge had been rated as structurally deficient. The $1.25 million repair project involved removing the timber deck and steel beam superstructure and replacing them with continuous beams and a concrete deck. The Virginia Department of Transportation said the project is expected to be completed by April.

Falls Church may adopt new affordable housing policy

Falls Church is considering updates to its policy for preserving and creating affordable housing within the city.

The draft policy sets goals for preserving affordable units and adding 150 new units by 2022. It proposes that 6 percent of units in new apartment buildings, under by-right development, be reserved for people making less than 80 percent of the area median income. In some cases, the maximum income threshold would be 50 percent of area median income. Developers applying for rezoning could be asked to contribute a greater number of units.

The draft policy also recommends that the City Council create a fund for affordable housing that the city could use to help preserve existing affordable units.

The council is seeking public input about dedicating the equivalent of 1 cent on the real estate tax rate to affordable housing, similar to what Fairfax County does.

There will be a community forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Winter Hill Senior Center.

Falls Church residents also can submit comments to dlewis@fallschurchva.gov or in writing to City of Falls Church, Housing and Human Services, 300 Park Ave. G04, Falls Church, Va. 22046. The comment period closes Jan. 26.

Bailey’s, Hunters Woods magnets taking applications

Fairfax County is accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade for Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences and for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade for Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences for the 2013-14 year.

The application deadline is March 1.

The schools have scheduled information nights for interested families: 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Bailey’s and at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Hunters Woods.

For information about both programs, including applications, visit www.fcps.edu/news/magnet.shtml.

— Fairfax County Times