In 1939, Mount Vernon High School was built. It stopped being a school building in the mid-1980s, but it’s been iconic ever since.
The Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) rented the building for over 30 years. They’ve vacated the space and Fairfax County has been tasked with figuring out what to do with it next.
Fairfax has hired a master planner to develop different opportunities for the building. The county has also reached out for community input.
The future “community hub” might host culinary arts classes in the old school kitchen. It also might screen moves in the old school theater.
Northern Virginia Community College signed a letter of intent to offer higher-level classes once renovations are complete. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck says he worked with the school board to bring NOVA to the building. “Getting Northern Virginia Community College; getting an incubation center for our youth to grow their ideas, is absolutely what we’re looking for,” said Storck.
Storck says the building may also house nonprofits. The athletic fields will be used for recreational purposes.
A final plan is expected to be finished in spring of 2020. Construction should begin in the years following.