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City Council to Discuss Paul VI School Site Redevelopment in Autumn

Post Date:06/28/2017

The City Council is expected to hold a discussion in the autumn on the redevelopment application by the IDI Group Companies (IDI) for the Paul VI High School property at 10675 Fairfax Boulevard. Information: email, 703-385-7935.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, which owns the property, selected IDI as the master developer of the site in 2016.

The proposal, totaling about 18.5 acres, includes the entire school property, as well as two adjacent single family lots owned by the Diocese.  The developer proposes 555 residential dwelling units in a combination of townhomes, condominiums, and apartments, as well as 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer also has proposed to retain a 24,000 square feet portion of the existing school building for commercial, community space, or other use.

The application, which includes a rezoning, special use permit, and Comprehensive Plan amendment, would require the approval of City Council. 

The application is currently under review by city staff. 

The City Council anticipates holding a work session with the Planning Commission in the autumn to informally review the application.  Public hearings would be held by both the Planning Commission and City Council prior to any formal consideration of the application.

In June 2015, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington announced the projected relocation of Paul VI High School (PVI) to Loudoun County by 2020.  IDI conducted community meetings in 2016 to gather input on the redevelopment. Information about those meetings and the redevelopment project is available on the IDI website.

The property has a long education history: it was the original site of Fairfax High School (1936-72) and was owned by George Mason University for about a decade before PVI freshmen and sophomores arrived in 1983.

Information: www.fairfaxva.gov/development, 703-385-7930. 

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