Like a Wrecking Ball: Construction Starts on The Boro in Tysons

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This week a wrecking ball is expected to tear into a 13-story office building in Tysons to make way for 4.25 million square feet in new apartments, offices and stores.

The demolition allows for construction of a new urban development called The Boro that was approved earlier this year. Located next to the Silver Line’s Greensboro Station, the project will add 14 new buildings to a 18-acre site. It includes the largest Whole Foods in the DC region, a 15-screen, luxury movie theater and a future public library.

Developers Meridian Group and Kettler are taking down the so-called Enterprise Building at 8301 Greensboro Drive. The office was one of the four buildings that made up SAIC’s former headquarters campus that the federal contractor sold in 2013.

This begins the first phase in The Boro’s construction. Four new residential towers will rise up on the 3.9-acre site at the corner of Westpark and Greensboro Drives.

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The initial development includes:

  • Up to 800 new apartments in buildings that will climb up to 34 stories tall.
  • Up to 165,000 square feet in new retail.
  • 70,000 square foot Whole Foods.
  • Two interim parks that include lawns, movable seating and tables and trees, totaling about one acre in green space.
  • New, private street called Boro Place, the overall development’s main retail street that will connect to Westpark Drive.
  • New, two-lane road called Madison Street that will run between Greensboro Drive and Leesburg Pike.

As work begins this week, the project’s developers are requesting a zoning change to the Boro’s first phase. Because of market conditions, they have requested to add 80,000 square feet in office space to one of the four residential buildings. These offices would be built above the ground floor stores that will front Boro Place, and the developers say these spaces would be attractive to smaller tenants that want to be in a dynamic, urban location.

As part of the overall project, the developers will build Tysons Technology Field, a full-size athletic field off-site, which was recently approved for what will become the seventh full sized field in Tysons.

Not only does The Boro help to transform Tysons into an urban center, but also it supports our Economic Success Plan. In part, this plan calls for building dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments where people can live, work, shop and play. These projects attract more residents, jobs and businesses.

 

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