With the region’s office market still in flux, the developer behind Arbor Row in central Tysons will bet on housing instead.
Cityline Partners recently submitted a proposal to Fairfax County asking to swap an office building that had previously been approved for the neighborhood’s Block C2 for a residential high-rise with ground-floor retail.
“This proposal to develop Block C2 with a high-rise residential building with ground floor retail/service uses and significant park space will progress Arbor Row into a more complete and vibrant neighborhood,” land use lawyer John McGranahan wrote in a statement of justification on the applicant’s behalf.
Encompassing 19.4 acres along Westpark Drive near Tysons Galleria, the plan for Arbor Row was originally approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012. It calls for eight blocks of development, including the completed Nouvelle apartments.
Construction is underway on the Monarch condominiums and The Mather, a two-building senior living facility.
Cityline’s current application focuses on Block C2, which was approved to host an 180-foot-tall office building with up to 275,650 square feet of space, including retail and service uses. A public park with an urban plaza and recreational amenities was also envisioned on a portion of the block.
The new proposal retains the public park commitment but replaces the office building with a 23-story, 270-foot-tall residential tower. The high-rise’s 275,650 square feet of space would consist of up to 240 dwelling units and up to 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail or service uses.
The application estimates that the change to housing will result in 2,070 fewer average daily vehicle trips on weekdays compared to what the offices would’ve generated, so a reduction to the 475 parking spaces in the currently approved plan has been requested.
Under the proposal, Block C2 will deliver 1.8 acres of a 3-acre public park. The remainder is being built as part of The Mather.
While some of the planned amenities remain the same, including an urban plaza facing Westpark Drive, a playground, a lawn area, pavilions and public art, the new application swaps tennis and basketball courts for a large putting green, two pickleball courts, and an “outdoor fitness circuit,” citing increased demand in the county for pickleball.
It also proposes covering a previously open-air parking garage.
“This eliminates an awkward element of the approved plan and creates a more cohesive park plan,” McGranahan wrote. “It also facilitates connections to the public park spaces on [the Monarch and Nouvelle], which previously were blocked from the signature urban park by a tall retaining wall.”
In addition to the public park, the revised development plan includes private terraces for residents and their guests:
On the south side of the building, a pool deck and an amenity area featuring seating areas, outdoor grilling stations and dining elements, and a multi-functional lawn will be provided. On the north side of the building, the lower level roof terrace may provide additional passive outdoor spaces, and/or provide outdoor space for use by a street level retailer/restaurateur.
Though the application was filed by Cityline Partners, developer Renaissance Centro is under contract to buy the 2.9-acre parcel at 7925 Westpark Drive, according to the Washington Business Journal. The Bethesda-based firm is also building the Monarch.
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Camps are just the beginning of what’s in store at Art House 7 this summer. We’re thrilled to offer an array of exciting classes for both kids and adults!Rediscover your creativity with some of our AH7 favorites, such as drawing, hand-sewing, modern embroidery, and our popular 3-week Jump into Crochet classes. But that’s not all! We’ve added some fresh and exciting options to our summer class selection, guaranteed to spark your imagination.
To enhance your artistic journey, we have intensified some of our Ceramics: The Wheel classes to a full 3-hour duration. This extended time allows for more creativity and skill development in each class session. If you’re eager for a captivating twist, give Contemporary Still-Life Drawing & Painting a go. Or why not try an immersive outdoor painting adventure? We have a unique opportunity for you to bring your painting skills to life while learning and creating in the great outdoors with our Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air class!
We invite you to visit our website and explore our full Summer Session schedule, brimming with a diverse range of classes and camps. Classes and camps begin June 20th. Unleash your inner artist, broaden your horizons, and embark on a summer adventure like no other. Let’s make this a summer to remember at Art House 7!
Potomac Harmony Chorus has a new director! We’re ready
to kick off the season with new music, a new approach, and YOU!
Potomac Harmony is one of 500 choruses in Sweet
Adelines International. We’re a vibrant,
contemporary, inclusive, welcoming, and open community of women singers who
perform four-part harmony, barbershop style, committed to a high level of
achievement through teaching, mentoring, personal growth, and performance. Our vision is to entertain, educate, and
enrich lives through musical expression while promoting the barbershop art
Potomac Harmony recently had our first performance
with our new director, receiving rave reviews! We invite you to stop by any Wednesday
evening and be part of the fun and harmony!
Army Birthday Festival – Free and Fun
Make Saturday, June 10, 2023 a great day!
Come celebrate the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!
• Experience outdoor and indoor fun activities, for all
Unveiling of West Ford historical highway marker
Gum Springs will be celebrating 190 years of its founding by freedman West Ford on Saturday, June 17, 2023. To kick-off the celebration, there will be an unveiling of a Virginia historical highway marker for West Ford on Fordson Road