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Dranesville Supervisor, Chamber of Commerce Moving in April

Renovations to start at the McLean Governmental Center

Come April, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will move to a new address for two years.

Their new address: the Balducci's shopping center on Old Dominion Drive. They will move into the same building used by the Dolley Madison Library during the library renovation in 2010-2011.

The upcoming move signals the beginning of the renovation and expansion of the Fairfax Governmental Center on Balls Hill Road. The McLean police station will remain in the Government Center during the renovation. In fact, the police will move into the space vacated by the supervisor's office and the Chamber.

Surrounding neighbors were recently notified of the coming construction. County officials unveiled the plans to McLean neighbors at a Dec. 13, 2010 public hearing at the Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd. One citizen showed up.

Major features:

—Expanding the center, the address of the McLean District police station, the supervisor's office and the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, from 21,000 square feet to 39,000 square feet.

—Installing all new heating and air conditioning systems.

—Building a larger lobby. Larger community room. Expanded prisoner transfer area. Expanded exercise room for the police department.

Renovation Cost: $17.8 million.

Renovation Details:

---The county will also add lights and synthetic turf to the adjacent soccer field at the request of  The McLean Youth Soccer League.

---Construction schedule: Winter 2012: Bid the contract. Spring 2012: Start construction. Summer 2014: The supervisor and the police commander get to pick out the drapes and their favorite colors (we hope)  and move into their new offices.

---The government center, constructed in 1970, underwent its last renovation and expansion in 1980,

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