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So Long, Old North County Government Center

by Karen Goff — August 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm 11 Comments

Demolition crews were hard at work Friday collapsing the former North County Government Center and Fairfax County Police Station into a pile of rubble.

Police and county personnel moved next door into a new, $18 million building in February. The demolition of the old building, constructed in 1985, had been long planned. The space will become a parking lot for the new headquarters at 1801 Cameron Glen Dr.

The new, 35,000-square-foot building is the first for the Town Center North area. Longterm plans nearby including housing, hotels, a town green, a recreation center, along with a new public library and Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

  • Mike M

    So, we paid to build a brick complex only to pay to have it torn down 30 years later? And who gets to build on it now? Who pays for that? Or was it a gift to developers at a discount?

    • Karen Goff

      It’s going to be parking for the new building. So, still county land and no one is building on it.

      • Reston Realist

        There will also be a County fuel depot–right in the middle of town center–on the land next to the old bldg. now used for FCPD parking.

        • Greg

          Passed by the DRB or is that not subject to DRB review?

          • Reston Realist

            Not sure, but believe this County land is not subject to DRB review–although RA may be trying to make it so. The County plan for the fuel depot was briefed and discussed during the heydays of the Reston Task Force years ago. The only community citizens group (and some town center residents, but not the RTC rep on the task force) to oppose it then was RCA while others just said nothing, including RA.

          • Greg

            It could be RTCA’s DRB, but in any case, a fuel depot there is a terrorist target or an explosion risk or both.

          • Karen Goff

            I am pretty sure there has always been a fuel depot there to fuel police cars.

          • Greg

            I think you are right, but is this new one larger? The risks are still the same in any case. Perhaps the new one is better secured?

      • Mike M

        Thanks. So we built a brick building only to tear it down 30 years later.

  • Greg

    What a waste. A shameful waste.

  • SusanB

    Isn’t there a noise ordinance re how early they can start up the bulldozers and banging? Today I think it was about 6:15 AM.

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