The Springfield/Franconia area is centered on the intersection of the Capital Beltway (I-495), Interstate 95 and Shirley Highway (I-395). In addition to an outstanding road network, Springfield has excellent mass transit options. The Franconia-Springfield station of Metrorail's Blue Line terminates at the Joe Alexander Transportation Center. The center also serves as a station for the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Greyhound and the TAGS bus service, which servers greater Springfield. A second Metrorail station serving the area, Van Dorn Street, is located just over the county line in the City of Alexandria, and the VRE Manassas Line also has a station at Backlick Road in northern Springfield.
Thanks to its central location, the Springfield/Franconia area contains more than 22 million square feet of commercial development, one of the largest concentrations in Fairfax County.
This area is the largest industrial/flex market in the county with more than 10.7 million square feet. The major industrial parks are Fleet, Ravensworth, Shirley, Shirley-Edsall and Southern.
Nearly 4.8 million square feet of office space is located in Springfield and Franconia. Office buildings vary from townhouse condominiums to high-rise buildings.
With nearly 6.4 million square feet of retail space, including the soon-to-be-renovated Springfield Mall, this is the largest retail submarket in Fairfax County. Additionally, the submarket boasts 11 hotels with almost 1,900 rooms.
Fort Belvoir, North Area (formerly the Engineer Proving Ground), just south of Springfield, is the site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)'s 2.4 million-square-foot New Campus East complex, which is currently under construction. The campus is a consolidation of existing NGA facilities in Fairfax County, Maryland and Washington, D.C., that was mandated by teh federal Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) action in 2005. Approximately 8,500 employees will be housed in the state-of-the-art complex by the September 2011 deadline established under BRAC. They are part of the 19,000 military and civilian workers expected to relocate at Fort Belvoir's main post on Richmond Highway and to Springfield and the City of Alexandria as part of the BRAC provisions. Check the Fort Belvoir Web site for information on BRAC.
Major employers in the Springfield/Franconia area include Boeing, Calibre Systems, Fairfax County Government, Gannett, GSA, McNeil Technologies, Paxton Van Lines, SAIC, The Washington Post, Versar, and Washington Gas. It is also home to the Northern Virginia Community College's Medical Education Campus.
Downtown Springfield is one of the seven Commercial Revitalization Districts/Areas in Fairfax County. For additional information on the Springfield Revitalization District, click here.