Citing the Silver Line’s “transformative effect,” Tysons Corner Center cemented its final plans for its ultimate 3.5 million square foot expansion. The project will bring more housing, offices, shops and restaurants next to the second busiest metro station on the new line.
Mall owner, Macerich, got the green light from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today for final development plans of about another million square feet. This wraps up the mall’s transformation plan that includes previously approved plans for 2.35 million square feet of mixed use.
Under today’s approval, the mall may move forward with:
- three new apartment buildings with up to 737 units
- 12-story office building
- 133,047-square feet of retail
- more than 30,000-square feet of park space
The plan calls for a 19-story apartment building to be constructed on the surface parking lot across from LL Bean. This tower will contain up to 382 apartments, including 69,000 square feet in shops at its base plus a four-level, underground parking garage. Shops and restaurants will be added outside the Bloomingdale’s entrance. Across from the new apartment, the mall’s stores will be turned to face the street. This will create a one-block-long retail street from Bloomingdale’s to Nordstrom. Additionally, a 30,000-square foot community green will be built across from Bloomingdale’s. It will include features like walking paths, children’s play area and public art.
Surrounding the existing parking garage for Macy’s, three new buildings will rise up facing International Drive. This includes a 20-story apartment building and a five-story one, plus a 12-story office building. The current four-story parking deck will be topped with a 2.8-acre amenity plaza that will link to the new buildings and mall. It will offer features like walking paths, gardens, children’s play area and bocce ball courts, plus an option for shops and restaurants.
When fully built out, the roughly 78-acre property will be home to about six million square feet including the current 2.4 million square foot mall. The project’s first buildings have already been delivered—the 22-story Tyson Tower office, the 300-room Hyatt Regency hotel, 30-story VITA apartment tower, and 1.5-acre plaza that connects to the Tysons Corner Metro station.
Not only does this project help to transform Tysons into an urban center, but also it supports the county’s 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 urban-like projects attract and create more residents, jobs, businesses and tax revenues.
As an example, Intelsat moved its more than 400 headquarters jobs from D.C. into the mall’s new office building, Tysons Tower. This high-rise sits across the street from the Silver Line’s Tysons Corner station, and company leaders said they made the move so employees could get to work on Metro.
Macerich also pointed out that the mall has generated $95 million in property tax revenues since 2005 and about $8.6 million in sales taxes to the county last year. These numbers are expected to grow as more development comes online.