As Tysons shifts from cars to rail, a former Ford dealership will become home to apartments, stores, restaurants and offices within a quick walk from the Tysons Metro Station.
First approved to operate as a car dealership in 1966, the site at 8201 Leesburg Pike near the intersection with Gallows Road will become the International Place development.
The Board of Supervisors approved the developer’s plans on July 25 that call for a single mixed-use building on the 5.40-acre property. The lot is currently developed with a one-story building, constructed in 1968, trailers and a large surface parking lot.
The International Place development is a first for this area of Tyson – it will be a mid-rise, eight-story wood, glass, concrete and steel building with up to 385 apartments, plus up to 129,000 square feet in commercial uses.
In contrast to the surrounding offices and suburban shopping centers, the building will present an urban façade especially along Route 7. It features expanses of glass, varying colors and ground-floor spaces with minimum 16-foot ceilings.
International Place will be constructed with a podium design. Retail, restaurants, offices and parking will be interspersed in the concrete and steel podium that make up the building’s first four floors. The wood-framed apartments that make up another four floors will sit on top of this podium.
The development includes two public parks. The larger, almost 30,000 square foot common green will have a large lawn, two bocce courts, game tables, arbor and a variety of outdoor seating. Residents will have access to two rooftop courtyards that will offer a pool, lawns, fire pits and outdoor kitchens and seating.
The project also includes construction of a new street called Zach Garrett Drive. This public road that runs north to south will connect Leesburg Pike with Boone Boulevard. The developer also will extend the right-hand turn lanes along eastbound Route 7, and they will make improvements to the three pedestrian islands at the intersection with Gallows Road and International Drive.