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Old Posted Oct 10, 2011, 5:58 PM
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I found this quick post about the new Wal-mart supported development, I say supported as it was likely the catalyst of the project which hopefully provides more than a shiny walmart. The blog is farrellretailsites.com. Not sure where the original source for the illustrative is but its definitely a different rendering than the others I have seen. I believe per this rendering the building in front of the california fitness, to the left of the forfront should be the walmart. Looks like a really nice retail space to be directly off the last metro in tysons. Across the street from this development will be the recently approved Spring Hill Station making for a very dramatic overhauled look to west tysons likely as soon as 2015

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My girlfriend and I drove by Tysons yesterday on our way to/from Leesburg. Despite the recent Washington Post articles about delays and using up most of the contingency funds for the Silver Line construction, it looks like there is great progress. Much of the guideways have been built on the Dulles Toll Road and the Wiehle Avenue station is quickly taking shape.

It is also evident how much development is occurring both in Tysons and throughout the Dulles corridor. There were cranes in Tysons, as well as the Reston Station at Wiehle Avenue. One thing I was thinking is that there is already bit of a skyline at both Reston and Tysons (admittedly limited to 15-25 story buildings). This area of the DC region is going to be quite impressive in a decade from now.
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Speaking of Reston Station, I looked up the architects' website to see if there were any new renderings of the development. I couldn't find any. However I did find renderings for a development in Tysons. 7900 Westpark Drive in McLean. The Client is Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. The Project size is 1,039,000 sf. The description provided by the architect is as follows "Concept designs for renovation and recladding of existing office building and addition of retail, housing, and additional parking." Pretty exiting stuff. Does anyone have further information on this development?

This is the current office building at 7900 which I suppose is to undergo the recladding:



Here are the renderings for the site plan:

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Old Posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:30 PM
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The renderings of the New Buildings and Recladded 7900:





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Old Posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:44 PM
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As promised I have finally taken more pictures from the rooftop of Park Crest which shows all the items going on right now.

This is picture one through six of the tysons skyline from Capital One (123 East) to the edge of Rotonda, I had taken some of the Sheraton (Tysons West) also but the sunset messed with the quality.
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In Photo 2 you see the Tysons 2 buildings including the Ritz/Deloitte etc. To the left in the forest what you dont see is the very large pit currently dug for the new Macerich project which includes a 20 story office/retail and skywalk to the Ritz, that is likely to be one of the first new structures to the skyline. In picture 3 you see Tysons 2 mall, and behind it Tysons 1 mall. I dont believe anything is planned currently adjacent to the Ritz at this time, however there is a new 20 story office building going in the place of the current 1 story retail next to Tysons 1. Currently that construction is still at the infrastructure phase and the building has yet to break ground until the surround road is modified. In picture 4 you see the part of Tysons likely to remain for a while which includes the numerous office buildings for companies such as Bank of America, Ernst and Young, RedHat, Booz Allen, and countless others. Due to the current steady leasing of these office its doubtful these will be demo'd any time soon along International Drive. In picture 5 you see West Park Drive intersection with Route 7 in between SAIC and Rotonda. In this space we should see the new SAIC/DITTER residential, office, and retail 300+ tower which is up for zoning approval this month I believe based on the FFX county meeting agenda. The last picture is the Rotonda, the original Tysons condo high rise, not likely to be modified anytime soon beyond any exterior remodeling or site modifications for metro accessibility. Directly to the right of Rotonda would be the new Georgalas mega project of Spring Hill Station, which is approved by the County, and should be moving forward with site plan design soon for Phase I which are the towers directly adjacent to the metro.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:56 PM
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I thought I should update my previous post showing the ground work for Avalon Park Crest with new pictures of the structure.

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These are the latest as of October 10th. In picture 1 you see the foundation including what I believe is the below ground parking garage per the other buildings in the complex. I believe the left side of the building shows level one as the top level where as the far side of the building has levels 2 and 3, and parts of 4 poured as well as some of the elevator shafts. If the tops of the elevator shafts are the top of the building then that would make the building along west park 8 stories tall. Its not clear if these are the top of the building however based on the steel rebars in picture 3 at the corners of the building it would make sense if the building is taller than this (it would also explain the over sized crane. The second to last picture shows the location of the other future park crest building which I believe based on the plans in the sales lobby is also 19 stories above ground.

Thats all for now, I hope things around tysons start getting more vertical so these pictures wont all be about future plans and foundation design.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2011, 11:03 PM
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Wow those renderings are awesome. I am amazed they are going to be able to keep the existing 7900 as it is currently something along the lines of Sunrise Retirement home or something to that extent and the outside looks a bit rundown as well as monolithic. In your second rendered picture the building to the upper right corner it would be the existing white structure. This design is beautiful and will add so much to the West Park Community which includes the new Avalon, Post, ParkCrest, and basically all of the residential components of tysons. I cant wait to shop at all of those places and they are all within a 5 minute walk! Is this currently under zoning consideration? Also is there a website where these renderings are from?

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It's good to see Avalon scooting along nicely. I found the renderings at the architects' site: http://www.hickokcole.com/ click on the "on the boards" tab.
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Speaking of Reston Station, I looked up the architects' website to see if there were any new renderings of the development. I couldn't find any.
The Reston Station facebook page has some renderings and photos of the construction progress.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reston...3360?sk=photos
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Residents weigh in on accessing Tysons Corner Metro stations

By Kafia A. Hosh,
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10/5/2011

"The opening of four Metrorail stations in Tysons Corner is only a couple years away, and Fairfax County officials are still grappling with how to connect thousands of nearby residents to the stops.

When they open in about two years, none of the stations will have parking, in line with the county’s long-term goals to discourage driving and redevelop Tysons into a transit-oriented city. Instead, Fairfax officials have outlined other links, such as bicycle paths, sidewalks and bus routes to serve nearby communities.

But it is still unclear how Fairfax will pay for the connections and how many will be in place by the time Metrorail is running..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...DQL_story.html
Pictures of tunnels? Where's the tunnel going to be? I thought everything in Tysons was above ground.

From the article:

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The public’s priorities, however, appear to be clear, at least based on a survey of more than 1,800 people — mostly Tysons area residents — on how best to access the stations.

Results from the survey, which was conducted online and during four public meetings in the spring, were released Tuesday. About 86 percent of participants said they would use one of the Tysons Metro stations and said they planned to walk, bike or take the bus to a stop.
So 86% of the people said they planned to take pretty much the only options given to them? Amazing!
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I dont think the full conceptual development plan was posted for the commons of mclean. The plans are very nice, one complaint is that it is only residential in this location as there is the existing retail adjacent, but that shopping center they are referring to is really nothing to write home about. Its a standard 1 story strip mall which has a decent grocery store and one nice beer/restaurant. For 2200 residents I think most of those residents will want more options than one local restaurant bar not to mention will be an economic engine for retail in the vicinity. This will be interesting to see if they will begin phase I by the time metro is up and running or to see if during the zoning process they will be hammered for being residential only. I think its important that it atleast isnt just another office park, but its a shame if they didnt make these structures a couple extra stories taller and add retail components.

Thanks to the mclean patch/bobbi bowman for posting this.
http://mclean.patch.com/articles/hig...ns#pdf-8081207
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The latest news from Globest.com Georgelas has found a buyer for the first phase of Spring Hill Station which is a 404 unit high rise along route 7.

“If all goes well, they should be digging dirt out of the ground on it by the end of the year.”

This is very ambitious, but exciting. I know the FFX county review process they are pushing it if they think they can go from Zoning approval to Site Plan approval that quickly, but its possible if they had been sitting on the plans for 4 years waiting for the opprotunity. Submission to review comments is typically 60 days, and most plans take 2 or 3 reviews so based on if they submitted it today, assume about 180 days even for a fast track project would put it at Spring of 2012 for ground breaking. Sometimes FFX will allow for early grading plans though, which is much more fast tracked and allows a quicker initial review process. Either way this is great news that Georgelas found a buyer so quickly and a sign that if the plans are approved there will be more than enough interest to get the balls rolling!
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George Mason Tysons campus?

According to an interview in the Washington Post with departing George Mason president, Alan Merten, George Mason University is considering adding a Tysons Corner campus.

Capital Buzz: George Mason looking to expand to Tysons
http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...9oL_story.html
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NVCommercial to buy Fairfax Co. land for $1.6M (Washington Business Journal)

NVCommercial to buy Fairfax Co. land for $1.6M

Washington Business Journal
By Daniel J. Sernovitz, Staff Reporter
November 1, 2011

"NVCommercial has struck a deal to buy a key property for its mixed-use development by the planned Tysons Central 7 mixed-use community for nearly $1.7 million, or $290 per square foot, though it will have to wait a while to put it to good use.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority .Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Latest from The Business Journals Traffic detours at Reagan National Airport TuesdayDulles Metro project 0M over budgetMetro to Dulles 0M over budget Follow this company .’s board is slated to meet Wednesday to consider selling the property, part of a larger 25,300-square-foot site at 8350 Leesburg Pike that it bought back in April 2009 for construction of a new Metro station.

The authority plans to use the larger property as a staging area for the new Metro station’s North Entry Pavilion, which is slated for completion by the end of 2013. It will then break off a nearly 13,000-square-foot slice of the property for sale to NVCommercial..."

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Dealership land eyed for projects in Tysons (Washington Post)

Dealership land eyed for projects in Tysons


Jeffrey MacMillan/For Capital Business - Several new developments are in the works along Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner.

By Jonathan O'Connell
Washington Post
October 30, 2011

"Thousands of shiny Hondas, Land Rovers, Nissans and Mazdas have been sold along Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner, but the future of the dealerships has as much to do with Metro as it does with cars.

Capital Automotive, a Tysons-based real estate firm that is the country’s largest owner of auto dealership properties, has proposed 4.4 million square feet of new development on what is now 20 acres of Rosenthal dealerships along Spring Hill Road on the south side of Leesburg Pike..."

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There are so many projects on the table. I can't wait until construction begins on some of these.

While trying to find some renderings of the projects being built I stumbled upon renderings of Courthouse Square in Arlington. Is this an old project that I missed or is this an upcoming project? 22 story LEED office tower.

http://www.fxfowle.com/projects/offi...fice-tower.php
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Although it's the Dulles corridor and not directly in Tysons, the Restonian blog writes about a 23-story office building planned for 1760 Reston Parkway, by RTC Partnership LLC.

Here's the link for the blog posting: http://www.restonian.org/2011/11/res...per-moves.html

I think the building is attractive enough and it will provide more density by one of the metro stations on phase two of the Dulles Silver line extension.


Image courtesy of the Polleo Group.
Here is some information from the architectural firm's website.

"Reston Section 87, Block 1
RTC, LLC


Planning and architecture services are being provided by Pollēo Group for the redevelopment of the 2.36 acre parcel located along Reston Parkway at Bowman Towne Drive immediately adjacent to The Spectrum at Reston Town Center.

The project includes a signature, high-rise office tower of approximately 420,000 square feet with ground level retail and structured parking. Contemporary architecture will generate a focal point along Reston’s main avenue and will serve as a northern anchor for the continued development of the Reston Town Center business district."

Here's a link to more renderings: http://polleogroup.com/index.php/work1760restonparkways
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Just as an interesting comparison, both the Dulles metro extension and the Intercounty Connector (ICC) are multi-billion dollar projects but look at the wildly different amounts of additional development the two different projects have initiated.
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Another Park Crest Residential Tower Going Up in Tysons Corner (DC Mud)

DC Mud has a post about another Tysons development about to begin construction. I don't know about this one. A 'terraced waterpark' and a two-storty atrium sounds pretty suburban to me and contrary to the goals of Fairfax County of making Tysons into a more urban area.

Another Park Crest Residential Tower Going Up in Tysons Corner

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I was just about to post about this subject as this is my new neighbor. I think when they say "waterpark" they really mean water feature park which would mean a terraced walk path with water features incorporated. Park Crest one also has this at the rear of the building in a zen garden, although from the sounds of it #2 will have it upped somewhat, regardless it will likely be an internal component utilizing some of the space above the parking garage much like #1. I dont believe it is in combination with the pool, which is shown conceptually in the graphics as well. Based on the other pools with these buildings, it wont be "olympic sized" as shown as the structural requirements for massive rooftop pools become prohibitive, and this pool will likely be shared spaced between buildings 2 and 3.

Although the article doesnt indicate specifically if it will be apartment or condo, it appears due to the lack of balconies (most condo owners want a balcony), it will likely be apartments. I think overall pretty nice design in line with an urban design concept, and I think you'll find that the pool and water feature park will not be abhorrently large and likely mesh well with the overall development if the other park crest buildings are any indication of the design intent.

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