Comprehensive Plan Amendment Approved
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the county's comprehensive land-use plan at their June 28, 2022 meeting to allow for a hospital use on the property adjacent to the existing Franconia-Springfield HealthPlex. A video of the meeting, including a brief presentation from Inova and comments from the Supervisors are below:
This is the first of two Fairfax County approvals necessary to approve the land use. Inova’s rezoning application will is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Commission in July 2022 and the Board of Supervisors in September.
Inova hosted a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to update the community on the proposed hospital project and answer questions. A recording of the meeting and the presentation are posted below. The presentation begins at the 21:15 mark of the video. Public hearings before the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are scheduled for this summer.
Inova hosted a Virtual Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, to discuss the proposed hospital project and answer questions. A recording of the meeting and the presentation are posted below.
Lee District Committee Meetings
Lee District Land Use Committee Meeting – 4/11/2022
Project Process and Schedule
- Inova Springfield Hospital Announcement
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment: Approved by BOS June 28, 2022
- Rezoning/Conceptual Development Plan/Final Development Plan:
- July 11, 2022 – Lee District Land Use Committee
- July 20 – Planning Commission
- Sept. 13 – Board of Supervisors
- Site Plan and Building Permits: 2022–2024
- Hospital Construction: 2023–2027
- Outpatient Center Construction: 2024–2027
- Opening: 2027
Note: This schedule is preliminary and subject to change
Inova Franconia-Springfield Hospital Development Plan
Inova Health System proposes to construct a new community hospital on land adjacent to its existing Inova HealthPlex at Franconia-Springfield, providing more world-class healthcare options, close to home, for the Springfield community. Inova has taken great care in the layout and organization of the hospital and related buildings to minimize adverse effects on nearby properties and neighborhoods.
The campus plan is organized in linear fashion anchored by the HealthPlex to the west and the ambulatory surgery / outpatient center to the east with the hospital in the middle. The proposal also features a series of garden spaces, pathways, and activity nodes that would be accessible to patients and the community.
The initial phase of the Inova Franconia-Springfield Hospital project would include the hospital and a connected building for outpatient services. The 425,000 square foot hospital would have private rooms, an emergency room, a diagnostic imaging department, and multiple procedural rooms. The other 140,000 square foot building would be an ambulatory surgery / outpatient center with physician offices and procedural rooms. There would also be an associated 42,000 square foot central utilities plant. A second phase at some time in the future would include a 144,000 square foot addition to the hospital and an 80,000 square foot medical office building.
Patients would continue to have access to the HealthPlex emergency room, physical therapy, physician offices, and other clinical operations during construction. Inova plans to relocate the existing ER from the HealthPlex to the new community hospital in an expanded space. Inova would then renovate the former ER space at the HealthPlex for other healthcare services to serve the community.
Parking would be provided through a combination of above- and below-grade structures, as well as retention of a portion of the existing surface parking. In addition, Inova’s proposal includes a series of improvements along Beulah Street, the Franconia-Springfield Parkway, and the internal streets to improve the flow of traffic to and through the property.
The entire plan for the campus amounts to 976,000 square feet, including the HealthPlex. This plan is 47,562 square feet less than a previously approved development proposal. The original plan, known as the Liberty View development, included three office buildings, a residential building, a hotel, and a parking garage. Inova’s proposal, coupled with the planned road improvements, is projected to improve traffic conditions compared to what was contemplated under the Liberty View plan.