The overhaul of the Madeira school requires the approval of the McLean Citizens Association
A planned overhaul of Madeira school won the undisputed endorsement of the McLean Citizens Association last week as it heads to the Fairfax County Planning Commission for review.
The Madeira School is a private girls’ school at 8328 Georgetown Pike in McLean, founded in 1906. While not looking to expand its student body, the school hopes to expand and renovate some of the outdated buildings.
The centerpiece of Proposal is the removal of the existing science building from the site so that it can be replaced with a new structure with improved classrooms. Other additions include a stable building, a new residential hall and new quarters for teachers.
In one item On the school’s website, school administrators say the new classrooms will replace outdated 1970s facilities that do not meet the school’s needs and are difficult to maintain.
“The replacement of the current science facility in Madeira is a critical need – and not just because our program is outdated,” the school said. “We are limited by our current building, built in the 1970s, which is extremely expensive to maintain, has an insufficient number of classrooms, outdated laboratories, structural flaws and inflexible spaces. The new building will enhance Madeira’s engaged student program and signal a bold new standard.
After very little discussion, the McLean Citizens Association voted to approve a resolution approving the school’s candidacy edit his special exception permit existing for a period of board meeting April 7.
The Madeira School’s application to the Fairfax County Planning and Zoning Department says it requests the following modifications and improvements:
- Removal of the existing Biedler Science Center building, removal of an addition to the previously approved but not constructed building and construction of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) building. The construction of this building will be the key to the modernization of all classrooms in the school, as it will move several existing math classrooms out of the school building I, leaving a block of space that can be distributed. around the two school buildings for reconfiguration and upgrade.
- Removal of the existing stable building, including the removal of a previously approved but unbuilt addition, and removal of the current Gaines Hall indoor arena building, and construction of a new stables, arena and arena building. a warm walker ”.
- Removal of the existing two-storey residence known as the “Farm”, which will be replaced with a new two-storey 5,000 square foot residence.
- Removal of the existing residence known as “Laurels”, which will be replaced by six units for faculty accommodation. The accommodation proposed for teachers will be townhouses on top of each other of four by two floors. The density of these units was reallocated from previously approved faculty housing units that were not built to their maximum approved square footage.
- Removal of the existing health center, which will be replaced by eight units for housing teachers. The proposed units will be four-by-two stacked townhouses. The density of these units was reallocated from previously approved faculty housing units that were not built to their maximum approved square footage. The Health Center function will move to the current studio arts building.
The proposed improvements and uses are ancillary to the primary use existing as a private general education school with an enrollment of more than 100 students. None of these projects will infringe on the existing RPA. All previously approved structures that have not yet been built are deemed approved in accordance with previous approvals and are shown
The Planning Commission hearing for the project is scheduled for Wednesday April 28.
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