George Mason’s Science and Technology Center has existing infrastructure, complete with roads, water, sewer, electric and fiber. In order to efficiently use these existing resources, future Data Centers need to be located within Innovation Park to reduce infrastructure costs elsewhere.
The long-term plan for Campus Master Revision has been forgotten. Instead of ignoring this plan and investing elsewhere, we should continue along this already formulated and strong plan to invest in our community. The Freedom Center is an integral part of our district and benefits all members of our community. The University Town Center Plan, with mixed-use development, would include office and residential retail, which would bolster the sense of community in the Brentsville District and further encourage public-private partnerships and result in increased county revenue streams.
In Prince William County, our revenue is based overwhelmingly on residential tax receipts, at over 80%. Instead of focusing on residential taxes, we should be increasing the business tax revenue streams in innovative and efficient ways. We are a bedroom community that struggles to pay for our lifestyle. Our public servants are neglected, our roads are limited, our schools are underfunded, and this is because our supervisors continue to advocate for low residential tax rates and levies, with no plan for the future. Instead, we should invest in our community, prioritizing our quality of life with adequate job growth and fully funding our county services.
I believe we should include a community center within the George Mason Science and Technology Center to create space to expand our services for residents. We as a community can create a place for community services such as, an early childhood preschool program, daytime programming for adults with disabilities, and vocational training opportunities for both youth and adults. If we, as a community, choose to invest in these areas and maximize our utilization of the Campus Master Revision plan, we invest in the health of our economy, our children, and our families. The center would allow for additional preschool opportunities for children of all economic backgrounds, as well as vitally needed programming for disabled adults. Currently, our residents with moderate to severe disabilities have only one adult programming option locally after graduating from our schools, and it is located outside of Brentsville District.