On One Side: METRO Seeks 85 Foot Buildings and 1 Million Square Feet of Construction
On the Other Side: City Is Ready to Approve 1,400,000 Square Feet of High Rise Construction
On a Third Side: Route 66 Will Get a New Lane Accessing the WFC METRO Station in 2020
By Sam Mabry and Mark Kaye
What is clear, and what the citizens of Falls Church–especially our parents–have to decide is if they are willing to spend a $120 Million to place their children in what will be a paved and bricked urban “basement.” The City has adopted a policy that the sky’s the limit on height and density on its ten acres of developable land. Not far behind is cash strapped, and now development oriented, METRO. The agency is asking for an 20 foot height increase to 85 feet–and if granted by Fairfax County–the enhanced permissible height will be directly next to the new school site.
What Did the Council and Mayor Know and When Did They Know It?
While they claim they knew nothing regarding METRO’s plans, the links below show that METRO intended to develop around its stations and that was well known and advertised FIVE YEARS ago.
Perhaps the Mayor and Council knew and understood METRO’s intentions to develop before the Referendum and were reluctant to advise the citizens for fear of adversely impacting the vote?
As it stands now, it appears that GMHS and MEH will be sited in the most dense, urban and congested school site in the area.
So much for a neighborhood community with neighborhood schools.
There is still time for change and that will be up to all of us, but it will be the parents of the children who must decide whether to raise their voices. In Falls Church it is socially difficult to break away from the “go-along get-along Falls Church Way.” But sometimes, it is necessary, especially if it involves the wellbeing of our kids.
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Note: The “intysons.com” link will also take you to Washington Post article on the Metro Development issue