The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors signed off on another massive redevelopment project in Tysons Corner on Tuesday, clearing the way for a new high-rise office and residential buildings near the future Tysons Cental 123 Metro station.
Portions of the development, known as Arbor Row, will likely begin development soon, according to project representative John McGranahan.
“You’re going to start seeing Tysons transform with the approval of this application,” he said.
The project, planned by Cityline Partners, encompasses about 20 acres of land that now houses some of the oldest office buildings in Tysons Corner. Arbor Row includes 2.6 million square feet of new apartments, offices, retail space and a hotel.
Although the application spurred a philosophical debate among board members about the amount of developer contributions required in Tysons, the project itself was resoundingly praised and won unanimous approval from the board. No community members spoke at the public hearing on the proposal.
“It’s going to be a phenomenal addition to Tysons,” said Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock).
One of the new buildings will be the new headquarters for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, a 200,000-square foot, 10 story office building with a distinctive architectural design.
There will be three residential buildings; the tallest will be 20 to 27 stories tall, and the others will be 22 and six stories tall. The plans also call for three office buildings that have retail space on the ground floor that are 13 and 17 stories tall, as well as a hotel.
Because the site features somewhat uneven topography and a steep hill, the developers plan to build parking garages into the hill and use the top floors of the garages for amenities like plazas and public gathering spaces.
Cityline is also granting 8 acres of land to Fairfax County that will initially be developed with two artificial turf athletic fields. Ultimately, one of the field spaces could be designated for a new school building.
The developer is also providing millions in cash and in-kind contributions for constructing the Tysons street grid and other transportation improvements around Tysons Corner.
Other developer contributions include designating 20 percent of the new apartments as rent controlled “workforce housing,” as well a number of environmental protections both through the buildings’ design and via stream restoration contributions.
This wide-ranging mix of developer contributions is what is called for in the comprehensive plan for Tysons Corner that the Board of Supervisors adopted in 2010 as they prepared for the advent of Metrorail service to Tysons Corner. Service on the Silver Line is anticipated to begin at the end of 2013.
“This shows that the vision we crafted for Tysons … is achievable,” said Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville).