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Scouts’ proposed warehouse loses a round

The Fairfax County residents fighting the Girl Scouts and the organization’s proposed warehouse in Oakton won a small victory Wednesday. The county’s Board of Zoning Appeals made a ruling that, in essence, declared the nonprofit group’s proposed 6,000-square-foot metal warehouse on its 68-acre wooded camp in Oakton not in keeping with the Girl Scouts’ status as a “public benefit association.”

Lidia Soto-Harmon, the chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, said she was disappointed with zoning board’s 5 to 1 ruling.

The group, which serves 64,000 girls across the Washington region and parts of West Virginia, is deciding what options it might pursue to continue its bid for the warehouse, which would house tents, lanterns, frying pans, microscopes, tie-dye kits and memorabilia. Neighbors who have fought against the warehouse said it would be an eyesore and draw too much traffic.

Harmon said the Girl Scouts are set to pitch the project to the Planning Commission in January.

Ian Shapira is a features writer on the local enterprise team and enjoys writing about people who have served in the military and intelligence communities. He joined the Post in 2000 and has covered education, criminal justice, technology, and art crime.

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