County Plans to Buy Easement on 41-Acre Open Space in McLean, Largest Land Expenditure in County History

Fairfax County officials have announced plans to spend $16.1 million dollars to buy an easement on a 41-acre historic property in McLean that will create a public park. It would be the largest single land expenditure in the county's history.
The property is part of the Salona estate, currently owned by Daniel H. DuVal and Clive DuVal III, sons of the late state Sen. Clive DuVal II (D-Fairfax). The DuVals have agreed in principle to allow the county Board of Supervisors and the park authority to acquire a conservation easement on the land, protecting it from development and allowing the county to use it indefinitely. If the DuVals sell the land, the county would have the right to buy it first.
Offficials said the open space would include athletic fields, a playground and picnic area. The county goverment still has to find the money to pay for the easement on the property, but officials said they were confident they could finance it, perhaps through a public private partnership. The land is south of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Blvd.) along Kurtz Road.
--By C. Woodrow Irvin of The Washington Post

By Steve Fehr |  October 2, 2005; 5:17 AM ET  | Category:  Parks and Recreation
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