County hosting urban design “pop-ups” for feedback on future look of the highway

Fairfax County is inviting community members to stop by two Richmond Highway urban design “pop-up studios” being held this week at the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center.

The pop-up studios are being hosted by the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization and the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC). The groups will be holding the pop-ups in a space at the plaza in between Papa Johns and DTLR (see map).

The studios will showcase design ideas for the Richmond Highway corridor similar to the ones called for in the Embark Richmond Highway plan. Community feedback is being sought for the designs of future streetscapes, landscaping, building massing, parks, and plazas that will be located in the Community Business Centers called for in Embark.

“These are informal events where people pop in and out to offer thoughts on the proposed urban design guidelines for Richmond Highway,” said Fairfax County spokesman Brian Worthy. “While this may sound a bit dry or technical, these guidelines will shape what buildings, streets, parks, etc. are going to look like along the corridor.”

The first session will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m., and the second will be on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

More information about the urban design program can be found on the Office of Community Revitalization’s website. You can also take a survey on the design guidelines here.

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