Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Spring Hill Station Development in Tysons
Feb. 12, 2013
In 2011, the board signed off on plans to develop seven acres within Spring Hill Station, which is the county's "demonstration project" in Tysons with The Georgelas Group.
In total, this project as currently planned will build up to 7.6 million square feet of office, retail, hotel and residential development spread across three neighborhoods. Much of the project will be within a quarter mile from the Metro station, making it an easy three to six-minute walk to transit.
When complete, Spring Hill Station will encompass more than 31 acres. The latest approvals are for a 9.86-acre site that sits roughly between Route 7, Tyco Road and Spring Hill Road, and an adjacent 7.39-acre site at the corner of Greensboro Drive and Spring Hill Road.
For the neighborhood that borders Tyco Road, seven new high-rise buildings are planned, including at least two office buildings and at least three multi-family residential buildings, and a hotel with ground floor retail. Up to 2,035 residential units are anticipated. As part of this neighborhood, Georgelas submitted a final development plan for an 18 to 27-story residential building with up to 436 units.
For the neighborhood at the corner of Greensboro Drive, the plans call for adding three new buildings while incorporating the two existing offices into the new development. The new buildings include an office building at the corner of Spring Hill Road and the new Broad Street, a multi-family residential or hotel at the back edge of the site, and a low-rise extension along Spring Hill Road with an option for retail or residential townhouses. Up to 234 residential units will be built.
For both new neighborhoods, the existing buildings will be gradually replaced as development moves forward. Overall, Spring Hill Station, including the two latest plans approved, incorporates many features that move forward Fairfax County's goal to turn Tysons into a walkable, environmentally friendly, 24/7 urban center, including:
- Green Building: Georgelas will seek LEED certification for all of the new buildings, as well as a goal of retaining the first inch of rainfall on-site. Each parking garage will have at least one electric vehicle recharging station that will serve at least two parking spaces.
- Workforce Housing: Following the county's goal for Tysons, 20 percent of the residential units will be affordable housing.
- Parks: As part of the two newly approved development plans, almost 2.8 acres of public parks will be provided. These include urban, pocket parks; common green space; an off-leash dog park or skate park and two "sky parks" on top of buildings. One of the rooftop parks will offer an elevated running track and golf putting green, and other will include a children's play area. As part of the entire Spring Hill Station development, Georgelas Group agreed to pay for a full-sized athletic filed at Raglan Road Park or another location.
Spring Hill is the most redevelopment application the county has approved as part of its plan to transform to Tysons. Last fall, the county approved Capital One's 4.4 million square-foot expansion and Cityline Partners' almost 2.6 million square feet mixed use development called Arbor Row. Under the county's plan, Tysons Corner will become a green, walkable urban center. By 2050, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs