Ft. Belvoir Set to Become Northern Virginia’s Next “Small City” – Part 1
Ft. Belvoir in southern Fairfax County is already a very busy place. But with more than $4 billion in construction set to provide office space that will rival the Pentagon, a 120 bed hospital, a wounded warriors transition center and the headquarters for several military and intelligence agencies, it will truly become Northern Virginia’s next small city.
The main post, off I-95 near Mt. Vernon, is also the proposed site for the long planned National Museum of the Army which is expected to draw a million visitors a year.
While some fear the massive growth will further clog the area’s highway system – always a legitimate fear – other optimistic voices see it as a ray of light in the current economic downturn. Defense contractors are expected to cluster around the post, providing interest in an area largely overlooked by developers.
A result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Process (BRAC), more jobs are being moved to Ft. Belvoir than to any other military installation in the country. When the realignment is completed, Ft. Belvoir will have the fifth largest military population , excluding families, of any installation in the country.
Unlike other posts however, Belvoir will be populated almost entirely with federal employees and civilian contractors whose mission is not to fight but to provide support, logistics, and intelligence for those who do.
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