Tysons West, the site of a new Walmart store and other shops, can now be further developed with high-rise apartment and office buildings.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a new land use plan for the site, which sits across Route 7 from the Spring Hill Metro Station, which is slated to open early next year. It is the first application in the Hunter Mill District portion of Tysons to be approved.
“I think that this is a good beginning,” said Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill). “There is a lot more to come along on the Hunter Mill side of Tysons, but I think this is a good start.”
In addition to the Walmart shopping center, the property also includes the Sheraton Premiere, a longtime icon of Tysons. There are no plans right now to replace the hotel, which representative Elizabeth Baker described as “a very successful asset.”
One of the trickiest aspects of this development is reserving land for a future ramp to the Dulles Toll Road that county transportation planners believe is needed. The location of the existing hotel makes it difficult to fit in a ramp, and neighbors fought one of the proposed alignments that would have gone through a park.
“We looked and worked very hard with staff to come up with how this could work,” said Baker, who was representing JGB in the development application.
The 16-acre site will be redeveloped with a high-rise apartment building, a mid-rise apartment building and a high-rise office building, all featuring retail space at the street level.
Like other recent redevelopment proposals approved in Tysons, the goal of the plan is to transform the former car dealership property into a pedestrian-friendly, more urban-style community.
The application incorporates nine parks, including a civic plaza that can host community events like craft fairs and farmers markets, a dog park, and a park with a sports field.