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Around the Corner

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October 10, 2013
Tysons Tower office building now topped

Today in Around the Corner; Sharon Bulova wishes more condo’s existed in Tysons so she could live here. Perhaps she’s not aware that zillow shows 3 open units in town; ready to move in. I understand the intent of her comments, all of the new projects coming online appear to be apartments due to...
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Updates On Tysons Comprehensive Plan – Meeting Summary

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October 8, 2013
Conceptual Tiered Height Plan, Tysons. Click to enlarge

Last night Fairfax County staff presented to the public, and a few Fairfax officials (most notably Supervisor Smyth), the revisions entailed to the Tysons Comprehensive Plan. The meeting was fairly uncontroversial, due to the largely administrative changes entailed, but it did spark some concerns from the usual players (MCA, Tysons Green, etc). Some of...
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Fairfax Begins Amendment Process to Tysons Comprehensive Plan

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October 7, 2013
Tysons Corner skyline where Spring Hill Station will begin construction soon including over a dozen high-rise buildings over the next 20 years. (Picture from 2010)

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will begin an amendment process for the Tysons Comprehensive Plan which addresses changes and refinement that has occurred since the plan was approved in late 2010. To begin that process they are holding a public meeting at Spring Hill Elementary tonight to provide updates and a Q&A opportunity...
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1st Stage Performs Pitman Painters in Front of Packed House

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October 5, 2013
First Stage Theater Tysons, Pitman Painters

The 1st stage theater has come along way since last year when I complained that a very professional performance of Sideman went unacknowledged by the community that surrounds the theater. That was not the case last night as a line formed out the door of 1st Stage Theater for a Friday performance of Pitman...
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Tysons Tower Progress On Residential Building

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October 3, 2013
Tysons Tower residential tower in background above ground at level 3, click to enlarge

Last month we noted that Donohoe Construction had begun vertical construction of Kettler’s proposed 30-story residential tower at Tysons Corner Mall. The 429 unit building is an integral component to the overall Tysons Tower project which will connect a new neighborhood with the existing mall and Tysons metro station via an elevated plaza which...
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Tysons Silver Line Metro Parking Under Construction

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October 2, 2013
McLean Metro Parking Lot, click to enlarge

A couple months ago the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved plans by Cityline to provide a temporary paid parking lot for metro at the McLean Silver Line station in Tysons. We’ve watched some early sitework occurring over the past few weeks including some minor building demo, milling of the old asphalt surface, and...
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Fairfax Supervisors Plan For R-1 Affordable Housing More Harm than Good

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September 30, 2013
Photo of subsidized housing in N.J. by Roland Tanglao flickr, click to enlarge.

We have discussed affordable housing extensively in the past(here, here, and here), defining the types of public assisted housing, and the cost implications and taxpayer impact with regard to Tysons. Recently the Board of Supervisors have been urging a new allowance in their planning documents which would permit low cost residential studios to be...
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Tysons West Approval a Big Step for West Tysons

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September 26, 2013
TysonsWestRendering

Earlier this week the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved JBGR’s proposed rezoning for the Tysons Promenade project, also known as Tysons West. Many people might know the project from the highly public debut of the urban Walmart as well as the more heated debate over whether a Dulles Toll Road ramp (cutting through...
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Board of Supervisors Open To Needed Updates For Tysons Plan

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September 25, 2013
Rendering from the Comprehensive plan

When the Tysons Comprehensive plan was approved in late 2010, it was noted as being a work in progress, in need of refinement and analysis. Most residents focused on the renderings, ambitious infrastructure updates, and metro rail updates but what was ignored were the details that would be necessary to transform a set of...
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Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Construction Progress September 15, 2013

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September 21, 2013
Silver Line Greensboro Station, photo by Benjamin Burgess Photography

Testing continues along the branch. Finishing work on the stations is for all intensive purposes done. There is a number of punch lists items that I noticed that need to be done that will not have any effect on the opening of the line. Such as connecting the entrance pavilion downspouts to the drain...
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More Density Means Level Playing Field For Small Business

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September 17, 2013
TysonsTower01

This week the Washington Post reported that vacancy rates are up in Tysons for commercial and residential development, which is pushing lease rates down for both. In residential development the increase in vacancy is attributable to an additional 350 units that came online this year, though demand remains high. In commercial use the increase...
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