McLean Community Center Breaks Ground on Ingleside Avenue Renovation
3/22/17 --- The McLean Community Center (MCC) held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of its 1234 Ingleside Avenue facility at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Attendees included Virginia’s 34th District Delegate Kathleen J. Murphy, Virginia’s 48th District Delegate Rip Sullivan, Fairfax County Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, McLean community leaders Robert (Bob) Alden and Carole Herrick and a number of past and present members of the MCC staff and Governing Board.
Speakers, MCC Executive Director George Sachs, MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, detailed the six-year-long process it took to successfully secure the project, acknowledging former Board members, the Friends of McLean Community Center organization, the McLean Project for the Arts, donors Roberto and Gloria Federigan, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, architects The Lukemire Partnership and residents of the Dranesville district.
Foust called it “a very, very good morning,” and said that the center was “the jewel of McLean.” He noted the foresight of district residents, who 50 years ago voted to pay a real estate surcharge in order to establish and operate the Center. “We owe you a debt of gratitude,” he said. Sachs said the renovation will allow the Center to consolidate its administrative offices, address ADA and fire compliance issues, add additional class and meeting room spaces, update its technology and modernize the look of the facility’s lights, walls and flooring. “I can’t wait to present this newly renovated building to the community,” he said. Wallace thanked Sachs for his tenacity and his determination to get the project done, as well as the MCC staff for “rolling with the punches” over the years. She also thanked members of the Board’s Capital Facilities Committee, who were tasked with the job of developing the project.
The approximately $5 million construction project has been awarded to Sorensen Gross Construction Services. Construction will begin on April 3. The center’s administrative offices will move to 6631 Old Dominion Dr., in the McLean Square Shopping Center. The class program and the registration office also will relocate to 6645 Old Dominion Dr. which is also in McLean Square. Dance classes will be held at 1374 Chain Bridge Road, next to Color Wheel, in the Langley Shopping Center.
McLean Community Center Renovation and Expansion Project to Update & Better Serve the Community
Over the last year, the McLean Community Center Governing Board with Executive Director George Sachs and architects, The Lukmire Partnership, have been working to finalize the design of the Center’s planned renovation of its Ingleside Avenue facility. The building is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
The approximately $5 million project includes the renovation of the existing meeting rooms and community room, lobby, rehearsal hall and administration area, as well as a 7,500-square-foot new wing on the south side, between the community hall and the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio. It will add a new board room, a multi-purpose room, a conference room and restrooms. The glassed-in addition will result in additional daylight throughout the building.
The project also entails the creation of an enclosed outdoor courtyard, which will offer seating and decorative landscaping.
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Renovation & Expansion Project: Here's What's In It For You
The McLean Community Center, which opened in October 1975, has undergone a number of enhancements over the years and is sound and wellmaintained. However, the Ingleside Avenue facility is also in great need of updating in order to better meet the needs of its current and future patrons.
The renovation and expansion project is estimated to cost approximately $8 million and is fully funded. The input of Small District 1A-Dranesville residents has been sought and responded to throughout the planning process through surveys and public meetings.
There will be some big changes and adjustments for MCC patrons in the coming months, these short-term inconveniences will result in many, long-term benefits for district residents and other patrons once the renovation has been completed.
The renovation and expansion project will:
- Increase the size of the lobby and improve the flow of traffic throughout the building.
- Refurbish existing meeting rooms and add additional multi-purpose rooms.
- Bring the Center into compliance with current ADA and building code regulations.
- Modernize the look of the Center with new wall, ceiling and floor treatments.
- Upgrade the technology (energy-efficient appliances, state-of-the-art mechanics).
- Improve and enhance the storm water management system, while saving as many trees on the property as possible.
- Centralize front desk operations and improve patrons’ access to customer service.
- Include a courtyard with seating and landscaping.
- Improve visibility and access to the second floor for the McLean Project for the Arts and The Alden balcony entrance.
- Re-grade and resurface the existing parking lot, add additional parking spaces and improve walkway lighting.
- Consolidate the Center’s administrative offices into one, cohesive area.
These enhancements will allow the Center to provide its programs and services more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner for many years to come—and that benefits everyone.
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MCC on the Move!
MCC Renovation & Expansion Project Begins April 1, 2017
Center Will Use Local Venues to Continue Programs
In April 2017, work to renovate the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Ingleside Avenue facility is scheduled to begin. To ensure the Center’s programs and services will continue uninterrupted, MCC Executive Director George Sachs has worked with Fairfax County’s Facilities Management Department to find and secure rental properties for a 22-month period, beginning as early as March 2017.
“We will relocate and occupy these spaces in March with hopes of moving back to the newly renovated community center by the fall of 2018. We want to continue to meet the needs of the community throughout this period of transition and we feel fortunate to have found locations that will allow us to do just that,” said Sachs.
MCC has secured the use of a nearby property in order to continue to offer a variety of classes. The majority of the Center’s classes will be held at 6645 Old Dominion Dr., in the McLean Square Shopping Center. Currently, the Center offers more than 100 classes each session. The new location includes four classrooms, which will be scheduled for maximum use. The space will also house the Center’s registration office.
During the construction period of the renovation, MCC’s administrative offices will be located in the same shopping center as the new classroom space, at 6631 Old Dominion Dr., on the first floor of the Century 21 New Millennium building. This space will house the executive director, finance, facilities and public information offices of the Center.
The large, outdoor community events produced by the Center also will continue to be offered. The Spring and Fall Community Garage Sales will be held at the parking garage at 1420 Beverly Rd.; McLean Day 2017 will be held at Lewinsville Park and the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will be return to Churchill Road School for a second year.
Jammin’ Juniors, the free, preschool concerts offered by The Alden will be held in local parks, while other performances will be presented in community-based venues. MCC is continuing to identify additional spaces for the dance program, indoor special events and performing arts programs.
The McLean Projects for the Arts, currently located on the second floor of MCC, will be relocating to their temporary location in the Giant Shopping Center. The storefront is located between CVS and Kazan’s Restaurant. Their official address will be 1446 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101. MCC will continue to handle registration for MPA-sponsored art classes, which will be held at their studio.
For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.