Providence District Land Use
Three mixed use projects in Merrifield are currently under construction: Mill Creek Residential, developer of the 15-acre mixed-use redevelopment of the Dunn Loring Metro Station is constructing the second and final phase of the new WMATA parking garage and the second residential building (Avenir Place). This project will include 373 more apartments, a Harris Teeter grocery store and ground floor retail space. The WMATA garage will be completed in the fall of this year. The completed 2,000 WMATA parking garage will replace the previous 1,300 surface parking spaces, and will provide new covered bus bays and kiss and ride facilities. The residential and the retail component are anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2015.
DFS Group, the developer of the Halstead Square mixed-use project, has started construction of their fourth and final residential building. This development, located south of the Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro Station on Halstead Square Road and Gallows Road, will include 200 apartment units and 2,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space and will be completed in 2015.
Edens, the developer of the Mosaic District in Merrifield, is opening more retail stores and restaurants. The first phase of the new development fronting Lee Highway includes an urban Target store, hotel, grocery store, ground floor retail, restaurant space, a new movie theater and a one acre urban park. EYA has sold all 120 townhomes. Avalon Mosaic is leasing their 531 unit apartment building above ground floor retail space. Mill Creek is currently constructing 251 units in two multifamily buildings adjacent to the movie theater that will accommodate more retail and restaurant space. EYA has submitted a rezoning proposing the development of 25 more townhomes replacing an industrial scrap yard. This pending zoning application will go to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for public hearings this spring.
Tysons Corner Plan Implementation
The new Comprehensive Plan for Tysons envisions up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050. The plan has been designed to take advantage of the four new Metro stations in Tysons with 75 percent of future growth occurring within half a mile of these new Metro stations. Details about the plan are available on the Department of Planning and Zoning's website. To review approved and pending Tysons rezoning applications, please visit Tysons Development website. On January 24, 2012, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the Tysons Urban Design Guidelines. The new guidelines will help offer specific guidance for planting, building, urban park and interim condition designs and materials.
New "Merrifield Center" Under Construction
The construction of a new community services building located at the corner of Willow Oaks and Williams Drive will be completed in the fall of 2014. The new building will replace the Woodburn Center and will house the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's emergency and crisis stabilization services as well as outpatient services and supports, intensive case management, psychiatric services, medication management and wellness and health promotion services. The facility will also include a primary health care clinic, a pharmacy (open to anyone in the community), a consumer resource center and a child care center for women receiving treatment for substance use disorder. This state of the art mental health facility has been designed to deliver therapeutic services in a secure, warm and welcoming environment. Many of the therapeutic design considerations, including open views, natural light and outdoor green spaces, contributed to the building achieving a LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Establishment of Tinner Hill Park/Historic Site
The Tinner Hill Park/Historic Site has been established after many years of planning and coordination between Fairfax County, the City of Falls Church, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. The Tinner Hill Park/Historic Site will commemorate and preserve the rich early 20th century civil rights history of the site. The one half acre site owned by the city and county straddles the boundary between both jurisdictions. The site is the location of the former home of Joseph Tinner. The home was the locus of where Mr. Tinner and Dr. E.B. Henderson and other African American residents met and worked to reinstate and protect the civil rights of African Americans living in the Falls Church area. The site will be managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority with the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation assisting with the design of the park to facilitate the historic interpretation of the site. The Foundation will lead independent fundraising efforts.
Greater Hillwood Development Updates
Redevelopment of the 19 acre Hillwood Square Cooperative located on Cherry Street has begun. Avalon Bay, the developer of Hillwood Square has revised their plan to incorporate rental townhomes, a reconfigured clubhouse layout, and more open space. The revised plan lowers the total density by 77 units (461 units to 384 total units). With the demolition of the existing 160 homes a net of 224 new units will be constructed over the next 22 months. The units facing Cherry Street will be built first. This phasing will insulate Cherry Street from construction internal to the site. The project will be finished in the second quarter of 2016.
The 8 story, 160 room Hampton Inn Seven Corners hotel is under construction. The hotel, located off the Route 50 service drive and South Street, was approved in 1970 as a building with 182 rooms and about 20' taller. The hotel will have an indoor pool and will be accessed from the Route 50 service drive with no direct access to South Street. The hotel will open at the end of March 2015.
Immediately adjacent to the Hampton Inn, JBGR will develop a 3-5 story 174 unit apartment building, with 14 attached townhomes facing South Street and 14,000 sq. ft. of retail and service uses fronting Route 50. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year. The previous zoning approvals from 1970 could have accommodated a third thirteen story office building, similar to the two existing office buildings at Route 50, South Street and Hillwood Ave.
Residential Studio Units (RSU) Zoning Ordinance Amendment
The Planning Commission RSU Committee is continuing to review a proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment that would establish a new use of Residential Studios. Generally, Residential Studios would consist of small (zero bedrooms) efficiency units located in multiple family dwelling buildings and would be allowed with the approval of a special exception. The amendment proposes a number of additional standards to address factors related to affordability, operation of the development, access, and compatibility of the use at the specific development site, among others. The Planning Commission RSU Committee review of the proposed amendment may result in additional revisions. Their progress can be followed at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/rsu/rsu.htm. The January 6, 2014, Planning Commission RSU Committee Draft Amendment can be reviewed at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning/rsu/1_6_14_draft_res_studio_amendment.pdf.