First Rezoning Case Meets Ambitious Goals of Tysons Corner Plan
September 28, 2011 – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved the first redevelopment plan for transforming Tysons Corner into a walkable, liveable urban downtown for Fairfax County. The rezoning project by the Georgelas Group was selected to be the demonstration project to show how the “vision” for Tysons Corner can be achieved.
I am excited to see this wonderful project advance. It is truly a demonstration – it shows the plan can work, that the affordable housing and transportation goals can be met, and that developers, landowners, businesses and residents have much to gain from the redevelopment of Tysons Corner.
When we were selecting a demonstration project, we knew we would need a
patient, thoughtful and pragmatic developer to join us at the table and
help ensure the Tysons vision was realized in a way that would benefit
all parties. I thank Aaron Georgelas and his staff for filling that role.
Not only did his company bring expertise and experience to the table,
they showed a willingness to work with us to find a practical way to
implement the plan.
The Tysons Corner redevelopment plan lays out a vision for a vibrant urban center. To realize that vision, the plan sets certain goals related to transportation, housing, public services and the environment.
For the Spring Hill Station development we approved yesterday, significant improvements will be made by the developer to Greensboro Drive. While County staff feels this meets the transportation needs of the development, the Georgelas Group has committed to participating in a future tax district to fund transportation improvements.
The Spring Hill Station project meets the 20 percent workforce housing goals laid out in the Tysons plan. Speaking at the public hearing yesterday, Mr. Georgelas said he was supportive of the workforce housing goal and that it is needed for the vision of Tysons to become a reality.
Consistent with the requirement for new development in Tysons to address public facility needs, a new fire station will be constructed by the Georgelas Group at Spring Hill Station. Since the vision sees 100,000 residents in Tysons, services like police, fire and EMS, and schools will be critical to its success as a vibrant downtown.
The Tysons plan also includes ambitious environmental goals. Throughout the process, the Georgelas Group has shown a dedication to environment stewardship and has made a commitment to not just preserving but creating attractive open public spaces throughout their development.
Working through the demonstration project has taught us many important lessons about the Tysons plan. With so many applications in the pipeline, we appreciate having the experience with the Georgelas group to guide future rezoning projects.
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors