Fight Back Against Mold Illness with Help from Proactive Wellness Centers

CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Franconia, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Franconia, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Franconia, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Franconia, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Franconia, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

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5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Franconia, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

 Mold Toxicity Symptoms Franconia, VA


Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Franconia, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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VPRA Selects Construction Partners for Long Bridge-North Package and Franconia-Springfield Bypass Projects

Courtesy of VPRARICHMOND, Va. – VPRA selects Skanska/Flatiron Joint Venture for the Long Bridge-North Package and Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture for the Franconia-Springfield BypassThe Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) announced in a pre...

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RICHMOND, Va. – VPRA selects Skanska/Flatiron Joint Venture for the Long Bridge-North Package and Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture for the Franconia-Springfield Bypass

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) announced in a press release that it has selected Skanska/Flatiron Joint Venture for the Long Bridge-North Package and Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture for the Franconia-Springfield Bypass.

“Selecting construction partners for the Long Bridge-North Package and the Franconia-Springfield Bypass represents a significant milestone in our plan to build passenger rail infrastructure at a level not seen in generations. . . We look forward to working with both teams in this important step toward making rail a viable transportation option and truly Transforming Rail in Virginia,” said Executive Director of VPRA, DJ Stadtler.

Jennifer DeBruhl, Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Chair of the VPRA Board said: “We are eager to collaborate with both teams to bring Virginia another step closer in dramatically improving its rail infrastructure. . . With the Long Bridge-North Package and Franconia-Springfield Bypass, Virginians will one day be able to have more abilities to travel by train, and the economy will grow with a more efficient rail network benefitting both passenger and freight rail.”


According to the press release, the Long Bridge-North Package will use a Progressive Design-Build project delivery method. Earlier this year, VPRA issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified design-build teams for the north end of the Long Bridge Project from the northern banks of the Potomac River to south of the L’Enfant Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station. Selecting Skanska/Flatiron Joint Venture is a major step toward the realization of the largest project in the Commonwealth’s TRV initiative. The Long Bridge is near 30% design, and the “Skanska/Flatiron Joint Venture team will take the project from the design phase through construction.” In 2024, early prep work will begin “with full construction commencing in early 2025,” and “construction is expected to be completed in 2030.”

Currently, the Long Bridge is a 119-year-old railroad bridge connects Arlington, Virginia with Washington D.C. It operates at 98% capacity during peak, and “as a result, additional capacity is necessary to meet future demand and to relieve a major chokepoint for rail traffic along the East Coast.”

The Project has two procurement packages – a North Package and a South Package. These will “construct a new modern, two-track railroad bridge and will allow for the separation of passenger and freight rail traffic, improving trip times and on-time performance for both along the corridor.” The South Package is currently in the procurement process with Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be released to shortlisted teams in February 2024.

The North Package covers a complicated area of construction from the new bridge’s northern abutment to L’Enfant interlocking near L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. The construction work includes:

The total cost of the Long Bridge Project is estimated to be $2.3 billion. This includes both the North and South Packages.


According to the release, the Franconia-Springfield Bypass project will be delivered using the Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery method. VPRA selected Flatiron/Herzog Joint Venture after issuing a RFP. The project will alleviate train interference between Fredericksburg and Washington, D.C. The area is one of the most congested areas in Virginia, and when the project is completed, “the bypass will be an approximately 0.9-mile-long dedicated passenger rail bridge located just south of the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.” Construction work is slated to begin by the end of March of 2024 and last for two years.

Flatiron Senior Vice President for Mid-Atlantic, Jim Schneiderman said: “Flatiron and Herzog are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority on the Franconia-Springfield Bypass project. This partnership leverages our collective rail expertise throughout North America and strengthens Flatiron’s presence in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area. . . Flatiron and Herzog are both committed to enhancing the well-being of communities in which we live and work. This project will do just that by reducing congestion and providing safer, more reliable rail service.”

This bypass structure will allow passenger trains to cross over two freight tracks to reach passenger stops on the other side of the railroad, allowing for “improved service for both passenger and freight trains in the area.” Owned by the VPRA, the bypass will also create two separate rail corridors, “one for passenger trains and one for freight trains and will serve both Amtrak and VRE trains.” The estimated cost for the Bypass project is $405 million.

In 2021, VPRA launched the Transforming Rail in Virginia (TRV) initiative “with a goal to expand the availability of passenger rail throughout the Commonwealth.” The 10-year initiative will “acquire railroad corridors and upgrade them, increasing rail capacity with a portfolio of capital projects designed to improve reliability and increase rail service in Virginia.” VPRA reports Amtrak is contributing $944 million to the program while serving as VRPA’s operational partner for the Amtrak Virginia state-supported rail service.

Amtrak Vice President Ray Lang said: “We celebrate this major development that will get shovels in the ground and start construction for these projects. We are proud for these projects. We are proud to partner with VPRA and share the commitment to transform transportation by creating the infrastructure to expand East Coast commuter and passenger train capacity.”

VPRA was able to purchase the railroad corridor for the TRV projects through an agreement with CSX. While the projects are focused on passenger rail, they will also “alleviate congestion on freight tracks, thereby increasing the availability of CSX freight throughput for the Commonwealth and the Port of Virginia.”

Randy Marcus, Director of State Relations for VA, WV, and DC for CSX Transportation said: “CSX congratulates VPRA on selection of construction partners for the Long Bridge North and Franconia-Springfield Bypass projects. . . Infrastructure projects like these are essential to expanding capacity, improving fluidity, and separating freight and passenger operations in this congested corridor. We look forward to continuing to advance our partnership with Virginia to deliver improved service to both CSX customers and CRE and Amtrak riders.” The VRE has supported VRPA projects with up to $200 million in contributions toward the TRV program.

“These two projects will be game changers for VRE, allowing us to expand service in the region,” said VRE’s CEO Rich Dalton. “And the reduction in congestion that will result from the separation of freight and passenger trains will significantly improve our reliability. VRE is pleased to partner with VPRA and see these projects move forward.”

“NVTA’s $23 million investment in the Franconia-Springfield Bypass Project is more than a financial contribution; it’s a commitment to deliver faster, more frequent, and reliable passenger rail service to Virginia, said Monica Backmon, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). “We take pride in this investment, as it represents our dedication to providing multimodal options to reduce congestion, ultimately moving commuters more efficiently.”

Through TRV, the Commonwealth of Virginia will:

Inova Plans to Start Building New Springfield, Alexandria Hospitals This Year

Once building permits are approved, construction can start on the two hospitals.Inova Health System wants to see its new Springfield and Alexandria hospitals under construction in the third quarter of 2024, the Washington Business Journal reports.The Falls Church–based health system filed building permits for both. Once approved, construction could start on the ...

Once building permits are approved, construction can start on the two hospitals.

Inova Health System wants to see its new Springfield and Alexandria hospitals under construction in the third quarter of 2024, the Washington Business Journal reports.

The Falls Church–based health system filed building permits for both. Once approved, construction could start on the $612 million Springfield hospital near the existing Springfield HealthPlex and on the $1 billion Alexandria facility on the site of the former Landmark Mall.

In Springfield, the Inova Franconia-Springfield Hospital will be within walking distance to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and Virginia Railway Express.

Inova said last March that the new Springfield hospital will have 110 beds spread across two patient towers, as well as private rooms, an expanded emergency room, diagnostic imaging, and multiple procedural rooms.

The Alexandria hospital would replace the one on Seminary Road with a much larger acute-care hospital, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, and a specialty care center with about 50 specialized physicians, and a 550-space parking garage. Plans call for the main hospital building near Interstate 395 to be 184 feet or 17 stories tall. Inova has a 99-year ground lease for the West End site that Alexandria approved in 2020.

The timeline for completion of the two projects, according to the Business Journal is the third quarter of 2028.

Additionally, Inova will have another facility off Richmond Highway in the Del Ray area. Inova Oakville at Potomac Yard will have an emergency room, outpatient center, and medical offices. It sits less than a half-mile from Potomac Yard shopping center. The hospital held a “topping out” ceremony last April when the final structural beam was placed on the building.

The projects are all part of providing state-of-the-art health care in the eastern region of NoVA.

Feature rendering of proposed Springfield hospital courtesy Inova.

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Residential Development Near Franconia Metro Approved

Plans for a development near the Franconia-Springfield Metro now include a 300-unit multifamily building.Patch StaffFRANCONIA, VA — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a residential addition to a future development near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. The Liberty View mixed-use development will now include a 300-unit multifamily apartment building, according to developer Monument Realty.Liberty View will be located on a 13.4-acre site in the northwest part of the Franconia-Sp...

Plans for a development near the Franconia-Springfield Metro now include a 300-unit multifamily building.

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FRANCONIA, VA — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a residential addition to a future development near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. The Liberty View mixed-use development will now include a 300-unit multifamily apartment building, according to developer Monument Realty.

Liberty View will be located on a 13.4-acre site in the northwest part of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Beulah Street intersection. The residential building is planned to have 12,675 square feet of ground-level retail, a swimming pool, fitness center, bike trails and covered parking.

Planning has been in the works for nearly a decade with multiple amendments submitted to the county along the way. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved rezoning of the site in April 2011, allowing up to five office buildings between 180,000 and 220,000 square feet, and one of those office buildings to be substituted for a hotel use. The latest approval allows for one of the office buildings to be substituted for the residential use.

Rodney Lusk, the new Lee District supervisor, voiced support for the substitution from office to residential use for one building. He noted that the local real estate market and county have seen increasing office vacancy rates.

The latest approval means the initial construction phase can begin for the development. The Lee District Land Use Committee and Fairfax County Planning commission endorsed the proposal before the Board of Supervisors approval.

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"We are extremely pleased by the prospect of bringing a mixed-use development to this important Metro location," said Russell Hines, president of Monument Realty, in a statement. "With the new TSA headquarters opening in 2020, the recent renovation of the Springfield Town Center and the Amazon announcement earlier this year, the Franconia-Springfield area is well-positioned to welcome new residential, hotel, retail, and office development to an area that has great market fundamentals."

According to county staff, the main access point to the development would be through Jasper Lane, a private street connected to Metro Park Drive. A right-turn only entrance from Beulah Street was also proposed.

A timeline for the project construction has not been announced.

Developer seeks to build 26 new townhouses near Franconia Metro

An application to build a new townhouse development on Beulah Street, a mile from the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, was filed with Fairfax County last week.Beazer Homes is looking to bring a ...

An application to build a new townhouse development on Beulah Street, a mile from the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, was filed with Fairfax County last week.

Beazer Homes is looking to bring a 26-unit development called Devonshire to the corner of Beulah Street and Alforth Avenue, according to a rezoning application was sent to the county’s planning and development department last Friday (June 17).

Devonshire would include a 1,500-square-foot “tot lot,” public plaza space, a picnic area with grills and tables, and a walking trail. A new private street and a sidewalk will be constructed, connecting the development to Beulah Street.

Each house is anticipated to have a deck and a 200-square-foot private yard, the renderings show.

The development’s total area of land appears to be about 3.3 acres, though about half of it will be open space. The lot also contains five single-family homes that were built between 1934 and 1950, per a note in the application. Those homes are expected to remain.

Since Devonshire would have fewer than 50 units, it does not need to adhere to the county’s Affordable Dwelling Unit requirements. However, Beazer Homes notes in the application that it “will consider a contribution to the Housing Trust Fund.”

This appears to be Beazer Homes’ sixth development in Northern Virginia, though only its second in Fairfax County.

With the development in the permitting stage, it remains unclear when construction will start and might be completed. FFXnow reached out to Beazer Homes, but didn’t receive an answer prior to publication.

With its close proximity to the Metro station, that area of Franconia is set to see a lot of development and changes in the coming years.

Plans for a multi-million dollar expansion of the Inova HealthPlex on Walker Lane could be approved later this month. If it is, construction would potentially start in late 2023 and be completed in 2027.

Franconia is also slated to get a new 90,000-square-foot building that will house a government center, police station, and library. Construction was expected to begin this summer and be completed in 2024.

The medical campus would be located less than a mile from Devonshire, while the county government facility would be essentially across the street.

White Horse Auto Wash Announces New Location Opening at 6215 Charles Arrington Drive, Franconia, VA 22310

FRANCONIA, Va., April 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- White Horse Auto Wash has done it again! The full-service car wash company announced the opening of its Franconia location, set to begin operations on Easter Monday. The Franconia White Horse Auto Wash will join our fast-growing company and become our seventh location in the State of Virginia. The Group plans to have at least ten Full Service carwashes operating by the end of 2022. ...

FRANCONIA, Va., April 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- White Horse Auto Wash has done it again! The full-service car wash company announced the opening of its Franconia location, set to begin operations on Easter Monday. The Franconia White Horse Auto Wash will join our fast-growing company and become our seventh location in the State of Virginia. The Group plans to have at least ten Full Service carwashes operating by the end of 2022.

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White Horse Auto Wash galloped into the Car Wash Industry back in 2010 with the opening of their 1st location in Warrenton, Virginia. Since the first wash opening, the ownership group led by Robert B Rust (a Virginia native son) have continued to grow by offering the best full service wash, while using the newest equipment, the best chemistry, while hiring and training the most customer centric associates.

Bob Rust and family are no strangers to the Northern Virginia community and culture. In fact, the company name, "White Horse Auto Wash" even has a local meaning behind it. The name originated from a fishing rock that bares the same name as the company and is located on the east side of the Shenandoah River. The story goes that when the water in the river rises and is rushing over the rock it looks like white horses in stride. The same goes for the company - when car counts rise at the washes and vehicles come rushing in, the teams handle the business and work together in stride.

As for the Franconia location, the company is looking forward to the success that stems from the community support and guests who have visited other White Horse locations. What sets White Horse Auto Wash apart from the typical car washes is not only the broad range of services offered such as details, interior cleans, waxes, or the state-of-the-art equipment and chemicals that every vehicle receives each wash, but the main separation factor comes from the people that White Horse employs. For an interior and exterior cleaning, guests can expect a 20 minute or less wait time with a "smile-guaranteed" send off at the end of the service.

White horse Franconia will offer a full-service unlimited plan for $49.99 and guests will be able to visit as many days in the month as they desire (between the hours of 8am and 7pm during the summer), to keep their car sparkling clean. For more information about services offered please visit

"For me, the best part of a new site opening is getting to meet all the new guests that visit the site while getting to learn and become a part of the different communities. We are expecting big things from this location and have no doubt the team in Franconia will succeed those high expectations and compete to be the busiest site in the company," said District Manager, Garrett Giles. The General manger will be Mr. Tanner Ott who has been with White Horse for five years.

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