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A New Community Blossoms Where Prisoners Once Lived
For over 100 years Lorton was an area that most residents of Northern Virginia went out of their way to avoid. As a prison complex the 3,200 acre site was huge and at night driving by the area the signs warning you not to pick up anyone on the road were ominous. When the facility was ordered closed in 1998, Fairfax County began planning in earnest with what to do with the land and buildings that made up the infamous prison. In 2002 Fairfax County officials received title to 2400 acres and the re-development of the property began.
Multiple neighborhoods were carved out of the grounds, along with parks, schools, golf course, arts center and future equestrian center. The largest of the neighborhoods, Laurel Hill has 700 homes built by Pulte or Centex Homes. In addition to Laurel Hill, other neighborhoods that have grown out of the redevelopment of the old prison land include Laurel Crest, Laurel Highlands and the over 55 community of Spring Hill.
In 2006 the new South County Secondary School opened and this year redistricting will increase the student population in the 8-12th grade facility to 1600 students. A new elementary school is proposed to open in ... more
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