Recent Delays at the Mission Center
(Updated October 18, 2016)
Plans to create office space for Just Neighbors at the Heritage Drive campus continue to be reviewed with Fairfax County. The Heritage Drive property is zoned half residential and half commercial, presenting some issues for repurposing its use for office space.
We are pursuing solutions for these issues by working with the county and other potential partners. This is a slow process, but we will continue to keep you informed as new information develops.
August Designs and Delays
Plans to create office space for Just Neighbors at the Heritage Drive campus have been finalized and submitted for permit with Fairfax County. However, because half of the building is zoned residential and the other half commercial, the permitting process is taking longer than anticipated and may require a hearing. AUMC is working with the county to avoid an extended delay and hopes to have a clearer direction in the next few weeks.
A request for proposal has been submitted to three bidders for the first phase of the Heritage Drive renewal project. We are awaiting the last of the responses and have begun the evaluation process.
AUMC is also finalizing designs for a second phase that will create new worship space in the room under the current sanctuary, provide ADA-compliant bathrooms downstairs, redesign the kitchen and welcome area, install air conditioning for the fellowship hall, add parking spaces and install new playground equipment. Then pricing estimates will be obtained to help prioritize the work.
June Demolition and cleanup
Thanks to some hardworking volunteers from AUMC and the two congregations that meet at our Heritage Drive campus (Annandale Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church and New Light UMC), the first steps towards creating new office and worship space at the campus were completed on June 19.
Thanks, especially, to members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for donating the use of a dump truck to haul away old drywall, tile and other
Work is expected to get underway on the Heritage Campus Renewal Project later this summer. The first phase involves repurposing the sanctuary to create office space for Just Neighbors, a nonprofit ministry of the Arlington District of the United Methodist Church that provides legal services to low-income immigrants.
The second phase will include the creation of a new worship space (which will also serve as a multi-purpose room) and ADA compliance on entrances to the downstairs. Other renovations are being considered and will depend on costs and priorities. These include redesign of the kitchen and welcome area, air conditioning for the fellowship hall, additional parking and new playground equipment.