Over the past four years, the City Council and School Board have taken an extensive look at the possibilities, considering options for a new school that include full gut renovation and addition; partial renovation and addition; phased building over 10 years; and new building. In November 2017, a referendum passed, approving the issuance of bonds to pay for the construction of a new high school. In January 2018, a Campus Coordinating Committee was established so that the two projects -- high school construction and economic development -- could coordinate on design decisions, scheduling decisions, and financial decisions.
The City of Falls Church government conducted an economic feasibility study where consultants estimated that as much as $45 million could be earned by the City’s long-term lease or sale of the 10 acres.
Because of limited space on the site, the new school would need to be built before the existing building can be taken down for commercial development. As a result, the City will need to issue bonds for the full cost of the school before the commercial development revenue from the sale or lease of the property is available.
Project Milestones and Timeline
Month & Year
High School Project
Economic Development Project
Issue Request for Conceptual Proposals
Adopt Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Issue Request for Detailed Proposals
Issue Request for Developer Qualifications (RFQ)
Adopt Site Zoning
Select School Design and Construction Team
Issue Request for Development Proposals (RFP)
Select Top-Ranked Respondent to RFP
Finalize School Plans and Cost (GMP)
Finalize Land Lease or Sale Agreement and Conceptual Development Plan
Issue Construction Bonds
Economic Development Site Plan and Building Permits