Richmond Highway is the main street of southeast Fairfax County. What once served as an early trade route for farmers and George Washington’s road to the Nation’s Capital, is now a major north-south thoroughfare.

Today, the 9-mile stretch of Richmond Highway from the Capital Beltway to Fort Belvoir is changing. A diverse population of residents, new businesses and cultural attractions surround Richmond Highway in more ways than ever before. Richmond Highway is an attractive place to live and invest, and in keeping with the corridor’s changing appearance, SFDC and the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization a beautification grant for businesses through the Façade Improvement Program {hyperlink to page].

Huntington serves as the Terminus for Metro’s Yellow Line and borders the Eisenhower Avenue Corridor in Alexandria, the new home for the National Science Foundation. Additionally, the growth of National Harbor and the MGM Casino as major job centers has increased demand for hotel lodging, housing, and travel along the corridor. In Gum Springs and Hybla Valley, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital recently completed the last of what had been two years of upgrades and additions, quintupling the size of the emergency department from seven beds to 35. To the south, Fort Belvoir has grown to 40,000 employees, with plans for 15,000 more by 2030 and the planned construction of the Army Museum.

Richmond Highway is becoming an increasingly popular place to live and invest due to:

  • Easy access to Washington, D.C.
  • Metro access at Huntington
  • Public Transportation with Metro, REX Bus, a Richmond Highway Express, along with Fairfax County Connector buses 171, 151, and 159
  • Major employment centers in Fort Belvoir, Springfield, Newington, the Eisenhower Avenue Corridor and the National Science Foundation, and a connection to Maryland’s National Harbor and MGM Casino
  • Wide variety of restaurants
  • Popular retail venues
  • Historical attractions, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, George Mason’s Gunston Hall, and Woodlawn Plantation

Richmond Highway Community Business Centers, courtesy of Pennoni