Monday, March 21, 2016

Fairfax County Approves Massive Sports Center for 395 Corridor

Hi Yupette,

As if the single-occupant vehicle traffic isn't going to be bad enough on I-395 from development in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals just approved a massive sports and wellness center on industrial property owned by Washington Gas, just off I-395, near Backlick Road and Edsall Road in Springfield.

According to a press release from Fairfax County:  "The 435,000-square-foot (approximately 10 acre) St. James Sport and Wellness Center will have a multipuropse turf field for full-length soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey, and softball; two NHL-regulation-sized ice rinks for hockey, ice skating, curling, basketball/volleyboard courts; batting cages; indoor golf simulators; racquet courts; a gymnastics and dance center; laser tag; and rock climbing walls. It will alnso have a comprehensive health and wellness center.

The St. James Center will be membership-based, but non-members will be able to sign up for programs. It will accommodate 1,240 people plus 900 spectators. In addition to regular sports and fitness activities, the center plans to host special events, such as tournaments, meets, and athletic showcases on weekends.. As part of the approval, the St. James Group will install a bus shelter, 22 bicycle parking spaces, bike lanes on Industrial Drive, and other road improvements."

You can do a Web search on this project and obtain a wealth of details about this project. So the "future" if there is a "future" for those of us who live in the I-395 corridor will be to suffer from massive traffic and massive air pollution from tens of thousands more fossil-fuel powered vehicles.

Thanks for your blog.

Joan, 22206