Thu 5/5/16

Tysons Corner, Va.–Here is a WashPo article from late last year on five large upcoming developments.  This is roughly the area that will become a new town center adjacent to the Greensboro Metro station.

2. The Boro (first phase)

The Meridian Group developer is building an entire neighborhood in one fell swoop by the Greensboro station, one that well encapsulates the new plan for Tysons.

Two years ago Meridian purchased one of many dated suburban office parks in Tysons, formerly of government contractor SAIC. In its place the company is planning an enormous variety of properties, all of which are connected by a series of parks and other walkable amenities.

The first phase alone, at 1.7 million square feet, is larger than the completed portion of CityCenterDC. Scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016, it includes six buildings, four parking garages, three new roads, a Whole Foods and a luxury movie theater by Showplace Icon. It is also a true mix of uses: 750 residential units, 443,000 square feet of office space and 252,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. Ultimately the 18-acre campus will have more than double that.

Tom Boylan of the Meridian Group said Whole Foods and the theater will be located on opposite ends of the project, connected by a pedestrian-friendly street lined with retail and a large urban park. “The Boro development will signify a market-changing event away from the area’s traditional single asset-focused suburban sprawl and toward intelligently designed, mixed-use, walkable communities,” he said.

The Walmart in Tysons Corner (built in 2013) has a sculpture by its entrance, called “The Thought”.  This is intended to be the beginning of an arts district.  Note the modern multi-level building, as well as a pay parking lot out front. There is a parking garage at the building’s side where customers can park free for up to 2 hours.  Nearby (right off Dulles Toll Rd.) is a hexagon hi-rise Sheraton Hotel.

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