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County of Fairfax, Virginia

The McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101




Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communications

703-790-0123, TTY: 711




Photo Captions


MCC-groundbreaking-group: MCC Governing Board members Kat Kehoe, Jen Rossman (with son Henry), Desi Woltman, Debbie Sanders, Merilee Pierce, Paul Kohlenberger, Community Leader Robert Ames Alden, MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace, MCC Board member Lathan Turner, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, MCC Executive Director George Sachs, Delegate Kathleen J. Murphy and Delegate Rip Sullivan at the groundbreaking.

MCC-groundbreaking-reception: Groundbreaking guests enjoyed a reception.

MCC-groundbreaking-george-sachs: MCC Executive Director George Sachs addresses the audience at the ceremony.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017



McLean Community Center Breaks Ground on Ingleside Avenue Renovation


McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center (MCC) held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of its 1234 Ingleside Avenue facility at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Attendees included Virginia’s 34th District Delegate Kathleen J. Murphy, Virginia’s 48th District Delegate Rip Sullivan, Fairfax County Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, McLean community leaders Robert (Bob) Alden and Carole Herrick and a number of past and present members of the MCC staff and Governing Board.


Speakers, MCC Executive Director George Sachs, MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, detailed the six-year-long process it took to successfully secure the project, acknowledging former Board members, the Friends of McLean Community Center organization, the McLean Project for the Arts, donors Roberto and Gloria Federigan, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, architects The Lukemire Partnership and residents of the Dranesville district. 


Foust called it “a very, very good morning,” and said that the center was “the jewel of McLean.” He noted the foresight of district residents, who 50 years ago voted to pay a real estate surcharge in order to establish and operate the Center. “We owe you a debt of gratitude,” he said.


Sachs said the renovation will allow the Center to consolidate its administrative offices, address ADA and fire compliance issues, add additional class and meeting room spaces, update its technology and modernize the look of the facility’s lights, walls and flooring. “I can’t wait to present this newly renovated building to the community,” he said.


Wallace thanked Sachs for his tenacity and his determination to get the project done, as well as the MCC staff for “rolling with the punches” over the years. She also thanked members of the Board’s Capital Facilities Committee, who were tasked with the job of developing the project. 


The approximately $5 million construction project has been awarded to Sorensen Gross Construction Services. Construction will begin on April 3. During the 18-month renovation, the center’s administrative offices will move to 6631 Old Dominion Dr., in the McLean Square Shopping Center. The class program and the registration office also will relocate to 6645 Old Dominion Dr. which is also in McLean Square. Dance classes will be held at 1374 Chain Bridge Road, next to Color Wheel, in the Langley Shopping Center. For more information, visit the Renovation Update on the Center’s website: http://www.mcleancenter.org/about/newsroom-2.  


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We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.

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