High School & West Falls Church Economic Development Projects

Map of the Middle School, High School, and Potential West Falls Church Economic Development Site
Website Button for the George Mason High School Construction Project
Website Button for the West Falls Church Economic Development Project
  1. Campus Coordinating Committee Meeting May 25

    The City Council and School Board joint Campus Coordinating Committee will meet on May 25 at 7:30 a.m. in the School Board Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public for observation. Read on...
  2. Posted: Six Conceptual Proposals for WFC Economic Development

    The six responses to the West Falls Church Economic Development Project request for conceptual proposals are posted. Follow the link to download the proposals. Read on...
  3. Information for Developers

    The City's Economic Development Office has created a project page for developers. Follow the link for more. Choose Falls Church: West Falls Church Project
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Upcoming and Past Events and Meetings


Most recent listed first.

Future Town Hall Meetings
  • Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Community Center
  • Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. in the Community Center
  • Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. in the Community Center
Town Hall Meeting (April 8, 2018) Campus Coordinating Committee (March 23, 2018)
  • The committee facilitates decisions by the School Board and City Council, government and school staff and consultants, and City boards and commissions. (Website)
  • Agenda
  • Minutes
Town Hall Meeting (March 18, 2018)
  • Discussion of the West Falls Church Project, the High School Campus Project, and the FY2019 Proposed Budget and CIP
  • Video
  • PowerPoint Presentation
City Council Meeting (February 26, 2018) Town Hall Meeting (February 25, 2018)
Campus Coordinating Committee (February 23, 2018)
  • The committee facilitates decisions by the School Board and City Council, government and school staff and consultants, and City boards and commissions. (Website)
  • Agenda
  • Minutes
City Council Work Session (February 20, 2018) City Council Meeting (February 12, 2018) Community Meeting (January 28, 2018) City Council Meeting (January 22, 2018) City Council Work Session (January 16, 2018)
  • Discussed: Update on West Falls Church Economic Development Project; draft RFP for conceptual proposals; land entitlement and zoning recommendations.
  • Video with Skip-Ahead Agenda
  • Presentation by Alvarez & Marsal: Update on Economic Development Site at the High School
  • Draft Document: Request for Conceptual Proposals for the West Falls Church Economic Development Project
  • Staff Report: Land entitlement and zoning recommendations for West Falls Church Economic Development site.
City Council Meeting (January 8, 2018) City Council Meeting (November 27, 2017)

Project History


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.

(Related: Read the detailed history of the high school in Superintendent Peter Noonan's memo. You can also find archived materials from the past four years as well as videos of meetings throughout the process.)

Feasibility Studies


Falls Church City Public Schools conducted a facilities feasibility study that concluded the best option was a five-story high school aside 10 acres of commercial development.

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
December 2017
Issue Request for
Conceptual Proposals
 
January 2018
  Adopt Comprehensive
Plan Amendment
February 2018
Issue Request for
Detailed Proposals
 
March 2018
  Issue Request for
Developer Qualifications (RFQ)
May 2018
  Adopt Site Zoning

June 2018
Select School Design
and Construction Team
Issue Request for
Development Proposals (RFP)
October 2018
  Select Top-Ranked
Respondent to RFP
May 2019
Finalize School Plans
and Cost (GMP)
Finalize Land Lease or
Sale Agreement and Conceptual
Development Plan
June 2019
Issue Construction Bonds


July 2019
Construction Economic Development
Site Plan and Building Permits
Summer 2021
School Opens

 
Fall 2021
  Economic Development
Construction Begins