Ft. Belvoir Set to Become Northern Virginia’s Next “Small City” – Part 2

Ft. Belvoir in Fairfax County is experiencing a growth spurt that will take it from being a large town to Northern Virginia’s next small city as part of the Defense Department’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Process (BRAC).

As I noted in Part 1, traffic congestion is a major concern and to reduce traffic, officials have divided the new development into three sites:

  • the main post which occupies 12.25 acres on the banks of the Potomac;
  • the Engineer Proving ground several miles inland;
  • and the newly announced, yet-to-be-built office complex off Seminary Road at I-95.

The main post will take in 3,400 new workers, 8,500 will go to the Proving Ground and another 6,400 will to the new office complex.  Thousands of additional visitors will flock to the post’s new hospital which will serve active and retired service members.  The $800 million hospital at Ft. Belvoir is designed to replace Walter Reed Medical Center which will be closed after Belvoir is completed.

The new hospital will have 120 beds and five buildings.  Soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan will recuperate in a nearby Warrior in Transition Unit.

Another major draw is the widely anticipated Army Museum  which is scheduled to open in 2013.  The museum is not part of BRAC and its $160 million cost comes primarily from private donations.

By law the BRAC development  must be completed by September 2011 and is “going to take place regardless of what’s happening in the economy,” noted Gerald L. Gordon, president and chief executive of the Fairfax County Economic Development Corporation.

Whether for your primary use or as an investment property, this area of Fairfax is one to watch.  Call me at 703.927.4554 to find out more.

Michael