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It may take over four decades, but Fairfax County planners say the transformation of Tyson’s Corner in Falls Church Virginia will make the area a 24-hour urban center, home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs.
So how are things going right now?
Well, Macerich and project investor Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., have signed third-party development agreements with hotel specialist Woodbine Development Corp., multifamily developer Kettler and with Hines, which will manage the project's office development according to WBJ Breaking Ground.
Tyson’s Corner Falls Church Development Update
Westwood Center Drive
Construction site along Westwood Center Drive is, according to the The Tyson’s Corner Blog, is “the first of the long anticipated transit oriented developments projected for the new Urban Design guided Tysons Corner. In addition to being the first urban concept Wal-Mart in the region, Tysons West, most importantly, will serve to be the first test on the tense, though potentially symbiotic, relationship between Fairfax, Tysons Corner, and developers.”
There was cynicism over the inclusion of a Wal-Mart but the developer defends the design as being “urban” and insists “this Wal-Mart will not look anything like the typical image that comes to mind.” Here are the ways Tyson’s Wal-Mart (Ty-Mart) will differ:
Parking has been drastically reduced and accommodated within an existing, to be retrofitted, parking garage.
Design includes a 24-hour health club, located above the superstore
The vision for the 16 acre total site is a walkable, convenient, and enjoyable community.
The 440 unit Sheraton hotel will be renovated with upgraded rooms and updated common areas.
The project will incorporate a new network of roads for the property and extensive improvements on pedestrian access both internally and along the frontage with Route 7.
Phase I, currently under construction does not include residential, however the next phase is anticipated to include 300 to 350 residential apartments within mid-rise development as well as a new office and residential high rise tower currently under rezoning consideration.
VDOT photo Silver Line
Work on the Metro station continues on along the entire 11-mile alignment of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project from the West Falls Church Metrorail Station to the Dulles Connector Road, through Tysons and west to Wiehle Avenue in Reston.
More Tyson’s Corner Development
Kettler has plans for a high-rise 395-unit apartment tower.
Macerich’s (Tysons Corner Center's master developer)groundbreaking last week initiates what will be the largest mixed-use section of Tysons. The Macerich company owns Tysons Corner Center and their expansion plans include tearing down existing structures to make way for a 4-phase project with high-rise buildings, a 310-room, four star Grand Hyatt hotel and walkway over Route 123 to the Metro Station.
Macerich rendering of office building project
Expected to complete in 2014, the more than $500 million project will comprise 1.4 million SF.
1775 Tyson’s Blvd - Lerner Enterprises
Also currently under construction is an 18-story office building owned by Lerner Enterprises near the new Metro station. As described by the developer, 1775 Tysons Boulevard is a state-of-the-art 18-story, 476,000 SF, Class ‘A’ office tower in The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II in Tysons Corner, Virginia. 1775 Tysons Boulevard will be Lerner’s fifth office building within the award-winning mixed-use development and will be footsteps from the new Tysons I & II Metro Station scheduled to open in 2013. Occupancy is projected for the first quarter of 2014. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Chantilly, Virginia has been selected as the general contractor for the project. Details can be found on Lerner’s website
According to the updated “strawman” document integrating comments received at the public input session on June 21st and Committee discussions on June 26th dated July 18 2012:
Tyson’s Corner Development Falls Church
Route 7 & I-495
Interim Parking: Outlook not so rosy
To complete this task, FCDOT produced an inventory of potential sites that could accommodate interim parking. Subsequent to developing the inventory, staff contacted the owners of these sites to gauge interest in providing interim parking and investigated the zoning regulations governing the provision of commercial parking. In most cases, a commuter parking agreement, approved by the Board, would be required to allow commercial parking. Such an agreement can contain any terms the Board deems appropriate and is that are agreed to upon by all parties.
Although a handful of property owners expressed initial interest when contacted, staff ultimately exhausted all identified possibilities with no property owners willing to move forward.
The planning commission recommended:
A formal Tysons Corner Interim Parking Request for Interest (RFI) be issued and sent to all property owners proximate to the Metro stations;
The RFI include the target requirements and necessary steps for property owners to obtain interim parking agreements with Fairfax County and be released no later than 12 months before the scheduled opening of the Metro stations;
If an interim parking location is identified, that signage is posted at the location clearly indicating the interim status of the parking.
Expansion of Metrobus & Fairfax Connector Service
To leverage the investment in the Silver Line Metrorail expansion into Tysons and beyond, to implement the Fairfax County Transit Development Plan, and to create the environment for the type of transit-oriented development envisioned for Tysons, public transportation must serve an increasingly higher percentage of trips to, from, and within Tysons. FCDOT is implementing plans to expand the Metrobus and Fairfax Connector service within Tyson to increase transit access, and is studying implementation of a circulator system within Tysons to aid movement within Tysons, as recommended in the Plan.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission's Tysons Committee has proposed creating a special tax district in Tysons Corner to help pay for an expected $1.2 billion in transportation improvements. Read the story on Vienna Patch
A motion asked that the Planning Commission examine modifying the Policy Plan to incorporate a policy supporting a non-residential contribution to affordable housing similar to the recommendation in the Tysons Plan. Since this proposed policy will be applicable countywide, the effort will take more time and require extensive public 581 outreach before a recommendation can be made by the Planning Commission.
Initial Development Level (IDL)
The Plan recommends that an Initial Development Level (IDL) of 45 million square feet of total office development built and approved within Tysons should not be exceeded set in order to implement the first 20 year increment of growth. Office uses were the trigger for the IDL due to their being the majority of existing uses and having high peak period vehicle trip generation characteristics. There is currently approximately 27 million square feet of office use in Tysons and another 6.5 million square feet of approved, unbuilt, office use. The applications in Tysons that are currently under review represent a potential additional 15.2 million square feet of office use.
A recommendation was made by the board to direct staff to incorporate within the next Tysons-wide plan amendment text to change the current IDL of 45 million square feet of office use to 60 million square feet of office use to correspond to the GMU 2050 High Forecast.
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