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A Lorton police station and Fairfax County’s second animal shelter, both under construction since 2021, are expected to open this fall.
The $33.7 million campus on Lorton Road will consist of 31,000 square feet for the police station; 23,000 square feet for the animal shelter; 20,000 square feet of outdoor space for a canine area and feline condos; a fuel island to support fleet vehicles; and associated parking.
The facility, built between Lorton Road’s intersections with Workhouse and Hooes roads on a parcel known as the “Triangle,” was scheduled to open in either spring or summer but was delayed due to supply-chain issues, which included the delivery of the emergency generator for the building that was held up for several months.
Southern Fairfax has a growing need for the services the government campus will provide, according to the locality’s website. The Franconia, West Springfield and Sully district police stations serve the central and southern areas of the jurisdiction now, but an additional station will allow the department to organize smaller patrol areas and decrease response times countywide. Officers will have a shorter distance to travel when responding to calls, and they no longer will be pulled away from other districts to go to Lorton.
Meanwhile, the new animal shelter will offer services such as rabies clinics, pet adoptions, spay and neuter services, animal training, wildlife education and a volunteer program. The county’s other shelter is on West Ox Road.