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  • 01 Dec 2014 6:15 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The GFCA held a public discussion on cleanup plans for the Exxon groundwater contamination during our Town Hall meeting on November 11. About 60 residents and business leaders attended, and many questions were asked.

    Representatives of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Mr. Alex Wardle and Mr. Randy Chapman, presented.  As did representatives of Fairfax Petroleum.

    GFCA representatives reiterated our demand for a more robust and more complete cleanup.  On Dec 1, GFCA's President submitted formal comments asking that the plan be strengthened.

    For more information, go here.


  • 05 Nov 2014 8:09 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The public hearing on Basheer Redevelopment's rezoning request, to allow cluster development on a 50-acre farm site along Springvale Rd, has been moved.  It will now be held on Wed Dec 3, 7:30 p.m., at Forestville Elementary School.  A large audience is expected.

    More information here.

    Event details here.

  • 28 Oct 2014 4:35 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The Board of Supervisors today approved a master plan which would add more than 1,000 miles of new cycling routes over the next 30 years - including major routes in Great Falls.

    For more information, click here.

  • 30 Sep 2014 11:56 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    On September 25, GFCA met with the owners of the contaminated old Exxon gas station site and reviewed their pending proposal for additional cleanup of the spreading underground water contamination created by the gasoline additive MTBE in groundwater. Here is the current contamination plume map.



    On September 30, GFCA sent a letter to the owners (Fairfax Petroleum) asking them to reevaluate a critical element of their proposal. The owners are proposing a single well for removing contaminated groundwater.  GFCA and its professional consultant believe that 3 wells, situated strategically at different points of the spreading contamination, will do a better job of eliminating contamination, and faster.

    More information can be found here.



  • 12 Sep 2014 1:06 PM | Philip Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA's Second Annual Urban Tree Walk

    Join two local tree experts on a walk around the Great Falls Grange Park and down Innsbruck Avenue to learn about some of our finest local tree species. They'll show you the difference between a white pine and a Virginia pine, and a red oak and a red bud tree. This GFCA program is fun for adults and children alike! Wear some good walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and meet us in front of the Grange at 1 pm on Sunday, September 28.  See here for event information.  For questions, contact Bill Canis at bcanis@yahoo.com.

  • 27 Aug 2014 2:15 PM | Philip Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA's Transportation Committee just released the results of a survey conducted early in 2014 to collect community opinions on transportation questions and trails in Great Falls.

    More on the findings are available here

    The findings will also be presented with discussion at GFCA's Town Hall meeting on Sept 9.

  • 14 Aug 2014 9:50 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA and other community organizations have been long-time supporters of the concept of Resident Curatorship (RC) as a commonsense solution to the need to preserve historic county-owned buildings, such as the farmhouse on Turner Farm in Great Falls. In concept, an RC program could help the restoration and preservation of historic buildings by leasing buildings to private parties who agree to restore and maintain them properly.  This summer, Fairfax County released a proposed RC program for comment.  After review, the GFCA and the Great Falls Historical Society (GFHS) have joined forces in calling for changes to the proposal. 

    GFCA and GFHS formed a Working Group in July to review the nearly 250-page report that Fairfax County developed proposing a county RC program.  In a letter to the County sent on Aug 6, GFCA and GFHS called for a stronger set of criteria in selecting historic properties, urged that the Turner Farmhouse be selected as the County’s pilot project to demonstrate how the RC works, and called for a public hearing so other community groups and residents could comment on the RC plan.  The recommendations developed by the Great Falls working group also suggested changes to program administration, standards for curator selection, and leasing terms.  Click here for a copy of the Working Group recommendations.

    Last year, GFCA passed a resolution supporting the Mark Turner Farmhouse on Georgetown Pike as a primary candidate for the new RC program. Unfortunately, this historic home has become a community eyesore with no upkeep since acquired by FCPA four years ago.  It is hoped that quick action to implement an RC program could lead to restoration of the Turner Farmhouse and other historic structures owned by the County.

  • 31 Jul 2014 8:37 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin repaving eight miles of Georgetown Pike (Route 193) from I-495 to Springvale Road beginning Sunday, August 10, 2014 (weather permitting). The work will be performed at night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. This work is expected to take about two months to complete, weather permitting.

    Drivers are asked to consider taking alternate routes during the repaving operation on Route 193.

    The road will be milled to a depth of four inches and replaced with 2.5 inches of intermediate asphalt and 1.5 inches of surface asphalt. Some areas of the existing pavement will require deeper patching prior to the asphalt overlay.

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  • 28 Jul 2014 8:46 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA has launched the Legacy White Oak Project, to help fund the planting of new white oaks throughout Great Falls.  Each new white oak costs $434 and includes tree, mulching, staking, and watering - and for sites on local parks your contribution is fully tax deductible.  You can have one planted on private property but your contribution is not tax deductible.  For fall planting, contributions must be received by August 25.  For more information, see the Environment, Park, Trails Committee blog here

  • 18 Jul 2014 7:04 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA has been a long-time supporter of the concept of Resident Curatorship (RC) as a common-sense solution to the need to preserve historic buildings, such as the historic farmhouse on Turner Farm in Great Falls.

    Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has responsibility for the County’s Resident Curatorship programs, authorized by the state in 2011. This week, FCPA issued a draft “Resident Curatorship Implementation Study” and is seeking public comments by August 6. GFCA also will sponsor a working group of interested parties to evaluate the report and provide comments to FCPA prior to August 6.

    For more information, please click here

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