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Celebrate Independence Day Safely!
JULY 4TH BLOOD DRIVE HOSTED BY
GREAT FALLS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Although most of the July 4th activities/celebrations in Great Falls have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department is once again partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services to hold a blood drive that day in the side parking lot of our fire station.
Due to current events, blood supplies in Fairfax County and the nation are at dangerously low levels and dropping, so we are hoping for another successful blood drive.
The Blood Drive will take place from 8am to 12:30pm on Saturday, July 4th at Station 12 located at 9916 Georgetown Pike. Appointments are required to maintain the required social distancing.
Visit https://bit.ly/GreatFallsVolFD0704 or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will only be accepted if there is an open donation slot.
Inova Blood Donor Services and GFVFD are taking all precautions related to COVID-19. All staff will be wearing masks and PPE, and social distancing will be required. All donors must wear masks and practice social distancing.
There will be plenty of space to spread out and practice appropriate social distancing. Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart so donors can comfortably fill out their registration forms and wait for their scheduled turn.
To help protect our firefighters and paramedics, access to the fire station is prohibited. That means its bathroom facilities will be off limits to donors, and we will not be able to give mini tours as we have done in the past. We also ask that donors not bring children or non-donors with them to better maintain social distancing requirements.
Parking at the station is limited so we recommend parking elsewhere and walking to the registration table in front of the station.
We thank the Great Falls community for their continued support in these unusual times!
GFCA Explores Controversial Proposal for LIDL Grocery Store in Great Falls
Great Falls, VA June 4, 2020– More than 50 Great Falls area residents participated in a virtual meeting on Wednesday evening hosted by the Great Falls Citizens Association to hear plans presented by LIDL USA to build a supermarket at Springvale Road and Leesburg Pike.
The proposed site is on property currently zoned for residential use that has been occupied by Meadows Farms Nursery since the 1980’s. A record turnout required the association to limit the number of participants who attended the online event.
GFCA has been utilizing virtual meeting platforms to conduct its meetings since the onset of COVID-19 public meeting restrictions. Read Entire Article
Walker Road Assisted Living Project
Reaches Last Round of Site Plan Review
IntegraCare, a project of Verity Commercial, is slated to construct a smaller scale 62-unit senior living community with 42 units of assisted living and 20 memory care units on Walker Road just north of its intersection with Colvin Run Road.
First proposed in 2018, the project required a special exception zoning approval. The developer has worked with members of the community and GFCA throughout the process to ensure that the development plans would harmonize with the neighborhood and incorporate community preferences. Upon the completion of site plan review, the developer expects to submit building permit applications in mid-to-late June.
GFCA Continues to Monitor Progress of Rivermont Subdivision Compliance with Proffers and County Requirements
Rivermont, on the site of the former Brooks Farm on Forest Lake Drive in Great Falls, has generated controversy since it was first proposed by the developer. After two years of intense community opposition, on July 26, 2016 the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved developer’s plans to build a 19-house cluster subdivision in the area off Walker Road in north-central Great Falls. More recently, it has been the subject of intense scrutiny by neighbors and members of the GFCA’s Land Use and Zoning Committee since site development and construction began.
Problems have included damaging storm water runoff onto adjoining properties and the harmful siltation of Walker Lake, speeding construction vehicles, non-compliant signage and the installation of non-Dark Sky compliant exterior lighting on the finished homes.
Because of these issues, the developer, Fairfax County, Supervisor Foust’s office, adjacent HOAs, and GFCA have been conducting monthly reviews of progress towards compliance. A GFCA member developed a tracking sheet to assist in the monitoring of compliance with proffers. The monitoring and oversight has resulted in overall progress in the cooperative efforts.
More Residents are Using the Pedestrian Trail
GFCA has observed increased use of the trails along the
Georgetown Pike (GTP), especially the segment between Seneca Road to Utterback
Road that was completed last fall, according to a member of the GFCA Trails
team. On a recent day, on a single car ride past the area, one of our team
counted 17 people biking and walking along this trail at the same time. Once
additional trail segments along GTP are built, we expect the use of the GTP
trail to continue to grow as more neighborhoods are connected and more points
of interest (e.g. Turner Farm and the Village) are joined. Trails like the ones
we have along the GTP provide a convenient way for local residents to get
outside, get some fresh air, and daily exercise, especially during the COVID-19
pandemic’s restrictions. Read Entire Article
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Keep Great Falls Green
February 1990 GFCA Newsletter Item
Great Falls Library Fairfax County has now acquired all of the land necessary for the library site. The current plans are once they take title, to raze the two small houses and Buck’s store.