Gum Springs to Criticize Inova Expansion at BOS Hearing Today

The public hearing is scheduled to occur today at the Fairfax County Government Center

Gum Springs residents are expected to petition the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this afternoon over traffic concerns and other issues regarding the

“We have a problem with the conditions (regarding construction) and they have limited community involvement with traffic proposals,” said Queenie Cox, President of the New Gum Springs Civic Association.

Cox, who was gathering signature petitions this weekend to present at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, is concerned that Gum Springs roadways surrounding the hospital will be clogged if the current plan is approved.

Last Wednesday, the Fairfax County Planning Commission okayed expansion plans that the Supervisors will review Tuesday.

Inova representatives have stated previously that the hospital additions won’t cause a major increase in traffic because the institution’s bed number won’t significantly increase. Inova's legal representative cound not be reached for comment.

But Gum Springs residents reported their concerns about traffic problems in areas such as Sherwood Lane and Collingwood Road at a meeting of the MVCCA Planning & Zoning committee and Transportation committee .

Inova Hospital Systems’ legal representative Sarah Hall responded then that Inova will make a contribution to the county for transportation improvements at that site.

When Cox testified before the Planning Commission this year, she requested a detailed phasing plan for the total hospital expansion, and a “quality of life” contribution of $7.92 for each square foot constructed, or $250,000 to offset any negative impact to Gum Springs.

The Mount Vernon hospital proposal calls for the construction of 322,000 square feet of gross floor area, a six-story parking garage, the addition of 52 beds for a total of 289 hospital beds, emergency care expansion, twin towers, and a wider main access drive from Parkers Lane, according to the county staff report. 

Inova representatives have stated t

The hospital campus is located east of Richmond Highway and bounded by Holland Road on the west, Parkers Lane on the east, and Hinson Farm Road on the south.

Gum Springs is the oldest African American community in Fairfax County and was founded by West Ford--a slave freed by George Washington--near the Mount Vernon estate. 

According to the Gum Springs Historical Society and Museum website, as many as five hundred of the current neighborhood’s residents are descended from the original settlers.

The Board of Supervisors public hearing on Inova's application is scheduled to start at about 4 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.


Bill Sams July 27, 2011 at 04:10 PM
With Inova Mount Vernon expanding rather than closing it's great to see the commitment to our community solidifying. That plus the coming Costco store to be built on the site of the old Multiplex will bring a range of additional permanent jobs to our area, as well as the actual construction work. I think the main traffic impact would be on Sherwood Hall between Parkers and Route One, and those problems exist now.
Will Radle July 30, 2011 at 01:57 AM
As the Lee District Land Use and Transportation member who made the motion recommending approval for Costco, I share your optimism for job creation.


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