First Tysons Development Application Approved by the Board of Supervisors

Sept. 28, 2011

Conceptual drawing of a residential building at the Spring Hill Station development

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  • Spring Hill Station offers green buildings, housing that an easy walk to transit, parks and open space, transporation improvements and a new fire station.

Tysons’ transformation took one more step forward yesterday, as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the first development application to remake the area into an urban center.

The board approved the construction of five high-rise residential buildings near the intersection of Route 7 and Spring Hill Road. This mixed-use development will be located within a quarter mile from the future Tysons West Metro station, making it an easy three to six-minute walk to transit.

When completed, Spring Hill Station, as its developer the Georgelas Group calls this project, will be more than seven million square spread over a 31.6-acre site. Yesterday’s board’s action gave the green light to develop seven acres on this site.

The project is divided into three neighborhoods, and the approval allows for development of the third neighborhood and a small part of the second

The development offers many features that help to reconstruct Tysons into a green, walkable, 24/7 urban center where people can live, work, shop and play.

  • Green Building: The building will receive green building certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program or another rating system. The buildings will incorporate green roofs over approximately 50 percent of their rooftops, and other low impact development techniques will be used, such as tree box filters, pervious hardscapes, and reuse of stormwater to water landscapes.

  • Workforce Housing: 20 percent of the units will be set aside as affordable housing, offering a diversity of housing options.

  • Parks/Open Space: Anurban park will located at the corner of Greensboro Drive and Spring Hill Road. This approximately 12,000 square foot park will feature an open lawn, outdoor seating, play areas for children, and a half basketball court. The Georgelas Group also will pay into a fund to provide off-site athletic fields, including a 2.28 acre park near Ragland Road

  • Transportation Improvements: This development will help to build the internal network of roads within Tysons that will improve circulation, as well as make it more pedestrian friendly. As part of the project, Greensboro Drive will be extended to connect Spring Hill and Tyco Roads.

  • New Fire Station: The developer will build or pay to build a new fire station to replace station 29, the fire house that serves this area now.

In the first half of next year, the Georgelas Group says it plans to submit the rest of the Spring Hill development for county review.

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