Va. Prison Site Approved for New Neighborhood

May 12, 2010

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved plans to redevelop the site of the former Lorton prison into a neighborhood of homes, shops and offices.

The vote Tuesday clears staff to begin negotiations with the developer.

The county acquired the former District of Columbia prison in 2002 for $4.2 million. The neighborhood would take shape on land where the main penitentiary building and watch towers stand. The watch towers are expected to be renovated and opened to the public.

Officials say there is still a funding gap of $9 million to $13 million to overhaul the site. Wisconsin-based developer, the Alexander Co., plans to develop the site.

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