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Mulford School Gets Approval

The Mulford family got a thumbs-up, last week, for its plan to open its preschool in a new location. Giving its OK, last Tuesday, April 15, was the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee. Chairman Jim Katcham also noted that he likes the way the school will look — like a home in a residential area.

The new location is across from Centreville Baptist Church, on the south side of Route 29, backing up to Gate Post Estates. It's 7 1/2 acres, and the Mulfords need county approval for a special-exception permit for a nursery school there. The building will be some 6,000 square feet and will serve 150 students.

The Mulfords had also sought a special permit for a barn there so they could give horseback riding lessons on the weekends, but it's now been withdrawn. "The barn would have to be shifted too close to the swimming pool," explained attorney Keith Martin.

However, said Harry Mulford, they will bring their seven horses to the new property and will give riding lessons, on weekdays, as part of the nursery school. The matter was slated for the county Planning Commission on April 23; it goes to the Board of Supervisors on May 5. The Mulfords intend to have their new preschool open by September.

<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs