Fairfax County Approves Tysons West Development Near Spring Hill Metro Station
September 24, 2013
Along with the new 24-hour gym and urban-style Walmart across from the Spring Hill Metro station in Tysons, another 1.2 million square feet of mixed use development will rise up on Leesburg Pike in the future.
Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tysons West, the latest development proposal for Tysons. Developer JBG’s plans call for two, new apartment buildings with 700 units in total, a 20-story, office building and 100,000 square feet of retail.
Significantly, this new development helps to advance transportation plans for Tysons, as well as contributes to the arts. JBG will offer the county land on its site to build a new ramp to the Dulles Toll Road. At no charge for the space, the developer also will provide 3,500 square feet in one of its high-rise buildings for a public arts agency for up to 30 years, and it will pay $350,000 to help create a county Master Plan for the Arts.
“I am pleased that the Board has taken yet another significant step in realizing the vision of Tysons as an active commercial and residential center,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said. “This redevelopment project not only adds a great deal of new housing units to the area, but also provides for much needed transportation improvements and a variety of community amenities.”
The 16-acre site is now home to the Sheraton Premiere hotel, along with the recently opened gym and Walmart. The hotel will remain as part of the new development. Most of Tysons West will be within a 1/3 mile from the Spring Hill Metro, the western-most Silver Line stop in Tysons.
The entire project will be built in phases. JGB plans to build an approximately six-story, 400-unit apartment next to the Sheraton first. This building will front Leesburg Pike, and it will feature an interior courtyard and underground parking.
Next, the developer intends to construct the 20-story residential and office buildings at the corner of Leesburg Pike and Westwood Center Drive. Both buildings will perch atop a shared, six-story parking garage, which will have ground floor retail and architectural treatments to mask the structure.
The high-rise apartment building will provide 269 units spread across 300,000 square feet. The office building would be a maximum of 380,000 square feet.
In keeping with the county’s plans for Tysons, JGB will make 20 percent of its apartments affordable, and it will seek green building certification. It will achieve LEED certification for the residential buildings and at least LEED Silver certification for the office. Additionally, it will provide two charging stations for electric vehicles in each garage.
Tysons West also will feature nine, pocket parks on site, totaling 1.6 acres. This includes a playground, off-leash dog park with a dog-friendly water feature, half basketball court and bocce court. Furthermore, JBG will pay to buy a half acre of land for an athletic field at Westgate Park or elsewhere in Tysons. Additionally, the company will give the county $50,000 for trails or other improvements at Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley Park.
While additional zoning approval would be needed, JBG will give the county land for a future ramp to the Dulles Toll Road after 10 years. This ramp may be placed behind the Sheraton, although the exact location will be decided later. The ramp is intended to be built in conjunction with Boone Boulevard, a street proposed to connect Gosnell Road to the Toll Road. Boone will serve as an east-west alternative to Leesburg Pike.
Tysons West incorporates many features that move forward Fairfax County’s goal to turn Tysons into a walkable, environmentally friendly, 24/7 urban center, including affordable housing, green building, parks and transportation improvements.
Under the county’s transformation plan, Tysons will become Fairfax’s “downtown.” By 2050, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs.
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