Fairfax County Approves Greensboro Park Place in the Heart of Tysons
February 25, 2014
Fairfax County approved the latest development in the heart of Tysons.
Greensboro Park Place is an infill development that will transform a tight, almost seven-acre site with two existing office buildings into a mixed use development. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors signed off on the project during their Feb. 25, 2014, meeting.
Developer Beacon Capital will erect two, new high-rise apartment buildings on the site that’s bounded by Greensboro Drive and International Drive. Beacon's existing office towers, known as 8180 and 8200 Greensboro Park, will remain but be integrated into a pedestrian-friendly, urban redevelopment.
The new project, which will be built as market conditions allow, includes up to 520 apartments, 1,990 square feet of ground-floor retail, 3,000 square feet of public community space and 1.5 acres of urban parks.
It sits across from The Galleria at Tyson II Mall on the east and the recently approved Tysons Central development to the west.
Greensboro Park Place will be a three to six minute walk from two Silver Line Metro stations. To west, the Greensboro Metro station is within a 1/4 mile from the future development and the Tysons Corner station is within a 1/3 of the mile to the northwest.
The two new residential buildings share a lobby, although each building can be constructed separately. One tower will reach up to 26 stories with up to 276 units. The other will rise up to 22 stories with a maximum of 244 units.
Both will face Greenboro Drive, and they will replace a surface parking lot to the west of the two existing offices. One apartment includes ground-floor units, as well as residential amenity space. The second incorporates the retail and community space along the street front.
Even though the new residential buildings will replace a parking lot, this project will have to reduce the spaces available in order to the meet the parking maximums established for Tysons. In order to encourage transit ridership, the Tysons land use plan created parking maximums for the areas within a 1/2 mile from the Metro stations.
As required by the county’s plan for Tysons, the development includes park space. Five pocket parks are planned, ranging in size from 0.09 to 0.62 acres. A bocce ball court, climbable art, game tables, and lawn space are included.
The developer also will contribute between $911,000 to $1.1 million for a future athletic field at Westgate Elementary or elsewhere.
Beacon will lease the public community space to the county for $1 per month for 30 years. This 3,000-foot square space can be used for recreation classes, day care, or offices.
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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