Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Arbor Row Development in Tysons
Nov. 20, 2012
Called Arbor Row, this project is the second major redevelopment plan for Tysons to get the green light. Earlier this fall, the board approved Capital One Bank’s mixed use expansion at its current campus. To date, Fairfax County has given the go-ahead for more than 14-million square feet in new major development in Tysons, which is expected to grow to 113 million square feet by 2050.
Cityline will construct eight new buildings on a 19.4-acre site along the south side of West Park Drive near Tysons Galleria. The plans call for three high-rise residential buildings with up to 1,179 units in total, four office towers, more than 58,000 square feet of retail and an approximately 250-room hotel. Construction could begin on some parts of this six-block development soon since CityLine’s application includes final development plans.
Arbor Row will be walking distance from the future Tysons Corner Metro station. Of the entire project, about 28 percent will be 1/4 to 1/3 mile from this station, and 70 percent will be between 1/3 and 1/2 mile from Metro.
The plan incorporates many features that move forward Fairfax County’s goal to turn Tysons into a walkable, environmentally friendly, 24/7 urban center, including:
- Green Buildings: Residential buildings will attain LEED® certification while the office buildings and hotel will achieve LEED Silver® standards. CityLine also will install at least one electric vehicle charging station on each of the six-blocks in the development. Buildings also may incorporate design features to prevent birds from flying into them.
- Energy/Water Conservation: The project will seek to use green roofs, permeable paving, overhead shading or other techniques to reduce water use or retain stormwater. Where appropriate, buildings also may share heating and cooling systems to save energy.
- Workforce Housing: Following the county’s goal for Tysons, 20 percent of the residential units will be affordable housing, and more than 48 percent of the entire development will be housing.
- Bicycle Facilities: Bike racks, lockers and storage facilities will be provided throughout Arbor Row. CityLine also will build bike lanes on both sides of the street on both Westpark Drive and Westbranch Drive.
Arbor Row will include about 4.4 acres of publicly accessible parks, including five pocket parks and a three-acre, rooftop urban park. This common green may include a lawn, trees, paths, seating and public art.
Cityline will dedicate to the county an 8-acre site near Arbor Row for a future elementary school and athletic fields. As part of the agreement, they will build a permanent full-size and temporary half-size athletic field with lights and synthetic turf on the site that fronts Jones Branch Drive. The fields will be finished by the end of 2014. Cityline also will contribute $600,000 to build a new elementary school that’s projected to be needed in 2030, and the school will be located where the half-size field is to be built.
Arbor Row is one of the 18 redevelopment applications Fairfax received since putting in place its plan to transform to Tysons. Collectively, these applications propose more than 36 million square feet of new development. If all approved, these projects will generate an estimated 29,000 new residents and 58,000 new employees during the next 20 years or longer.
Under the county’s plan, Tysons will become a green, walkable urban center. By 2050, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs.