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Transfer of Franconia Governmental Center property for affordable housing deferred

The current Franconia Governmental Center at 6121 Franconia Road (via Google Maps)

A plan to redevelop the site of the Franconia Governmental Center into an affordable housing development won’t move forward until the new year.

At a meeting last Tuesday (Dec. 5), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors deferred a decision to transfer the nearly 3-acre property at 6121 Franconia Road to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).

Franconia District Supervisor Rodney Lusk moved to defer a decision on the conveyance to Jan. 23.

FCHRA is currently negotiating with a developer to expand the county’s affordable housing portfolio by building apartments on the property.

The land transfer previously got a public hearing and the board’s approval in March 2021, but staff said in a Dec. 5 memo that unidentified concerns were raised about the “validity” of the hearing.

“Although staff does not share these concerns, this item is intended to fully address this issue by both validating the original conveyance, and in an abundance of caution, repeating the public hearing,” staff wrote.

The county issued a request for proposals from developers in February of last year. The request stated that the future development should have up to 120 residential units.

The FCHRA is set to complete a public hearing on the interim agreement for the proposal on Thursday, Dec. 14, with the intention to execute the agreement on Jan. 18.

The Franconia Government Center is in the process of being relocated. Construction on the new facility began last year, and it’s expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2025, according to the project page.

Image via Google Maps

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