Plans are firming up on what will happen with the land that Falls Church City received from Fairfax County as part of an agreement to end the long-lasting “water-war” between the jurisdictions (fascinating story that can be read here.)
“As part of the bargain, the City of Falls Church got to annex nearly 40 acres of land near the West Falls Church Metro station currently occupied by two city schools. The agreement required that 70% of that annexed land stay dedicated to school uses for the next 50 years, limiting the economic competition with nearby properties in Fairfax Couunty. The city was allowed to develop immediately a 12-acre parcel next to the Metro station. Though Falls Church lost the annual subsidy from its water system, in the Plan B mediation the city obtained a great opportunity to generate revenue from property incorporated into the city limits.” (fcnp)
10.3 acres of the new Falls Church City owned land by the West Falls Church metro will be developed into a town-center style area with apartments, condominium, retail, restaurants and other facilities. An acre of open space is also part of the plans.
Prior to construction the new George Mason High School will have to be completed – tentatively expected in 2021.