Improvements Taking Place in Central Springfield
There are a lot of improvements taking place in Central Springfield. Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are in the process of making a number of enhancements to area roadways as well as to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Commercial land owners are also capitalizing on the energy and buzz created by the opening of the Springfield Town Center to improve their properties.
VDOT has resurfaced a number of roadways and new high visibility crosswalks were installed at a series of intersections to replace degrading brick crosswalks. This not only saves our tires, but also improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the street. Bicycle lanes were added to portions of Amherst Avenue and Backlick Road. Fairfax County will also be constructing several pedestrian and bicycle projects to improve safety and comfort. Over the next year more information on these projects will be shared when it is available.
A major project on the horizon in Springfield is a multi-modal transportation hub and parking facility to be located on the old Circuit City property where a commuter parking lot currently exists. This building will become an important transit center with multiple bus bays and will be designed to accommodate three times as many sluggers than the current arrangement. The facility will be designed to be an attractive addition to Central Springfield with public art and community space for indoor and outdoor events. It is anticipated to open in 2020.
Finally, as we think towards the future of Central Springfield in 2016 and beyond, the success of the Springfield Town Center will be key to spurring further revitalization. Since its opening in late 2014, the Town Center has dramatically expanded its retail offerings and will continue to be a driver for new, private investment in the area. If the GSA warehouse site is chosen as the new home of the FBI, revitalization is expected at an even quicker pace.
JoAnne Fiebe is the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization program manager for Springfield. If you have any questions about the projects she mentioned above, please feel free to contact her at 703-324-9300.