Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

Major Transit-Oriented Development Approved in Tysons West

Source: LandDesign, Inc. (top), WDG Architecture (bottom)

On September 26, 2017, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rezoning applications for our clients CARS-DB1, L.L.C. (“CARS”), and 1587 Springhill Holdings LLC (“Sunburst”). The two entities own adjacent properties along Spring Hill Road and Leesburg Pike, just east and south of the Spring Hill Metro Station in Tysons West. To meet the County’s expectation for consolidated rezoning, CARS and Sunburst worked together on coordinated development plans to ensure a connected grid of streets, continuous park spaces, joint public facilities, and pedestrian connections.

The CARS property is currently developed with multiple car dealerships. The CARS application rezoned 12.2 acres from C-7 to PTC (Planned Tysons Corner Urban District) to transform the property into a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood with a total of 2,045,000 square feet of office, hotel, retail, and residential uses with an overall FAR of 3.92. Sunburst rezoned approximately 4.39 acres to the PTC District to convert the existing hotel site to a predominately high-rise residential development of 1,362,370 square feet with an option for an office building. The FAR for the Sunburst site is 7.13. Both applications included dedication of land for a new “urban format” Dominion Power electric substation serving Tysons and adjacent areas. CARS and Sunburst worked extensively with Dominion Power and County Staff to develop a plan that can accommodate the substation within the context of the new urban vision for Tysons. The applications included a full package of proffers with four new public streets and two private streets, a robust TDM program, 20% workforce housing, an extensive public park system with 5.8 acres of park on-site including an athletic field, park improvements on adjacent property, and additional contributions for athletic fields and stream restoration.