Response from Supervisor Jeff McKay
The Springfield Parking Garage Project has become a top County priority and is being developed collaboratively through a multi-departmental team and community input.
The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan recommended a commuter parking facility with a multi–modal transportation center to meet long term parking, carpooling, and transit needs as well as additional space for community serving uses. In 2014, Fairfax County completed a feasibility study for a multi-use commuter parking facility and transit center and is planned to be constructed on the existing surface commuter parking lot owned by the County on Old Keene Mill Road west of I-95.
The county currently owns and maintains the existing surface parking lot of 278 spaces and leases an additional 262 spaces in the immediate area. The leased spaces are not guaranteed for the indefinite future but this project allows Fairfax County to permanently secure and consolidate commuter parking at one location that will increase park and ride capacity for bus and carpooling (slug) services, provide bicycle storage, passenger waiting lines, and transit system information.
This garage is critical to meeting the growing needs of sluggers and the community. The design features a five story structure with approximately 1,100 commuter parking spaces and 7 bus bays with short-term parking for drop off and pick up. A pedestrian bridge will provide a safe way to cross Old Keene Mill Road to connect the garage to Springfield Plaza and will offer additional commuter parking capacity to meet the high and growing demand in the Springfield area, as well as incorporating a community event area in the parking garage. Design is in progress, and construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2019 with the facility opening in early 2022.
There have been multiple public meetings as well as a design public hearing at the Board of Supervisors and I have heard from residents about their concerns. I will continue to work closely with county transportation staff to ensure that those needs are accounted for in the final design. What hasn’t been decided and what we are seeking thoughts on are the options for what to do during construction which is still many months away. So, the County is reaching out to the community to help identify alternate, temporary parking for the users of the existing park-and-ride lot to use during the construction period.
The total project estimate is $63.81 million, and is fully funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (Federal Highway Administration), and the Fairfax County Commercial and Industrial Tax. For your information, I have attached more information about the specific documents that were requested by the community. Further questions and comments are welcome by emailing my office at email@example.com . You may also submit questions and comments via the form on this web page at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/springfieldgarage.htm, in writing to FCDOT, 4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033; or by calling 703-877-5600.
While some sacrifices may have to be made in order for the project to benefit the most residents possible, I am confident that the final structure will make commutes more convenient and more comfortable for all residents, regardless of their method of transportation.
Jeffrey C. McKay
Lee District Supervisor