McLean Citizens Association supports the development plan for the school capital of Madeira | news / fairfax
On April 7, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) board passed a resolution supporting the multiple capital improvements sought by the Madeira School.
Officials at McLean’s Private Girls’ High School want to replace an existing science building in the same location with a three-tier science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) facility. The Georgian architecture of the proposed building would match the rest of the campus.
Madeira’s rulers are also seeking to replace the deteriorating stables, arena and exercise area of the school with one-story structures serving the same purpose.
In addition, school officials hope to replace a dormitory and health center in the same locations with 14 four-story, two-bedroom, stacked townhouses for staff and faculty. Row houses 35 to 40 feet in height would be located on hillsides, allowing one story to be below ground, and none would be visible from Georgetown Pike.
The STEAM building is Madeira’s top priority in the proposal and townhouses come second, according to the MCA resolution.
The Madeira rulers also want to replace a two-story, 2,000-square-foot single-family residence for teachers in the same location with a two-story single-family home of up to 5,000 square feet, which would also be used by teachers. . The new house, like the existing one, would be visible from Georgetown Pike.
County health officials are backing the school’s plan to install septic drainage fields to treat sewage and wastewater from the proposed stables and the largest single-family home and have accepted Madeira’s proposal for a 100-foot-wide tree protection zone along Georgetown Pike, MCA lis resolution.
According to estimates from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, the new faculty and new staff housing would produce about 65 additional vehicle trips on weekdays and 114 on Saturdays to Georgetown Pike.
County transportation officials are not looking for a traffic impact study for Madeira’s candidacy, but want the school to line up its driveway with Bellview Road through Georgetown Pike and extend the right turn lane to the entrance to the school. But Madeira officials argue that moving the entrance from the top of a steep hill to a more downhill location could create a safety hazard.
On April 15, county officials will release a staff report regarding Madeira’s request and the Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the matter on April 28. The Supervisory Board will make the final decision at a date to be determined.
Located at 8328 Georgetown Pike on 375 rolling, wooded acres overlooking the Potomac River, the Madeira School is licensed to a maximum of 338 students and currently has 313 students, of which 160 are boarders and day off students. The school also has 44 faculty members and 97 staff members.
Madeira’s bid is not aimed at increasing the number of students, faculty or staff, said Scott Spitzer, chair of the MCA’s planning and zoning committee.
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