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Board approves transfer of Herndon cricket field for affordable housing

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has acquired land at 13500 Dulles Greene Drive for future affordable housing (via Fairfax County)

A nearly 10-acre site just outside Herndon that is currently used as a cricket field is on the path towards redevelopment.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Oct. 24 to transfer county-owned land at 13500 Dulles Greene Drive to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority for an affordable housing project.

No specific development proposal has come to light yet, but the project is intended to boost the county’s stock of affordable housing in a transit-oriented area near the Innovation Center Metro station.

The project would feature a 10-foot-wide shared-use trail connecting the station to residential neighborhoods to the east.

Mike Lambert, manager of the county’s real estate services division, noted that the Fairfax County Park Authority and county staff are working to identify an alternate location for the cricket field.

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said he was happy staff and the FCPA were looking into other options. The Capital Cricket Premier League will continue to use the field until construction begins — which could be as early as spring 2027.

Foust said that gives the county plenty of time to identify more options for cricket players.

“This is a pretty exciting opportunity to advance affordable housing goals,” Foust said, adding that the project will be a “win-win” once the alternate cricket field is selected.

The vote simply turns the land over to FCHRA. Additional public hearings will be scheduled once a development plan is proposed.