A new project plan is in motion! Over the winter of 2018/2019, improvements will be made. The final installation will take place in spring 2019, ending with a grand reopening.
This new plan is scaled down and revised from the original project. In October 2018, the Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted 5-2 against providing the additional funds needed for the higher-than-anticipated construction costs.
There are two phases of the new improvements project, both of which build on the original plan. In the winter of 2018 to 2019, the following is expected to be accomplished:
Remove four trees that were in poor condition (already accomplished)
Remove and replace existing sidewalk and curb and gutter along the alleyway and parking area
Clean, point up, and repair existing brick wall
Add cap stone to the existing brick wall for additional seating opportunities
Remove existing central walkway and replace with an ADA accessible walkway
Continue discussions regarding: landscaping, lighting, furniture, fencing, and surface treatment
In the spring of 2019, the following is expected to be accomplished, putting the finishing touches on the project:
Install lighting, stage, landscaping, fencing, furniture, and surface treatment
Welcome the community to a new gathering place in Downtown Falls Church
Originally Planned Project
Redevelopment of the existing downtown public plaza located in the 100 block of West Broad Street between the Hunan Café and Hot N Juicy Crawfish eateries, was planned as part of the City's 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the City's Economic Development Authority. The project would have included landscaped and hardscaped areas with built-in and movable seating for open air performances, dining, and special events.
Even with smaller-scale changes, the revitalized plaza will help continue to activate the downtown area with pedestrian traffic, provide positive economic impacts to local businesses, and create a versatile space for everyone to enjoy in the heart of the City.