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The Highline at Greensboro District office complex in Tysons has been destined for more development for a decade now, but in terms of office space, it appears to have reached capacity.

Instead, American Real Estate Partners, which owns the property at 8401 Greensboro Drive, is seeking to build a 410-unit multifamily residential high-rise on a parcel at the corner of Broad Street and Spring Hill Road currently occupied by tree-lined footpaths and parking.

Dubbed “City House,” the proposed building would be constructed in lieu of a 22-story office tower with retail that Fairfax County approved for the 2.38-acre site in February 2013 as part of the massive Spring Hill Station project that became Tysons’ first major planned redevelopment.

A new final development plan submitted to the county on April 25 would allow for a 410,000-square-foot residential building with 350 to 410 multi-family rental units, 20% of which will be designated as workforce dwelling units in keeping with the Tysons Comprehensive Plan. Its height could be between 200 and 270 feet, or 19 to 29 stories.

With remote work becoming more accepted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City House is envisioned as a complement to the existing Highline buildings, a pair of 10-story office towers that were built in 2000, according to county property records.

“The residential units are being designed to accommodate ‘working from home’ as that has become a growing trend in today’s economy,” Walsh Colucci senior land use planner Elizabeth Baker wrote in a statement of justification on American Real Estate’s behalf.

Parking for all three buildings will be provided in the complex’s existing garage, per the application, which says the shift from office to residential will result in fewer vehicle trips to and from the property.

As part of the application, the real estate firm proposes creating a pocket park and plaza along Broad Street and converting private amentity space that it’s currently renovating at Highline into publicly accessible park: Read More

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