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Development

Tysons Mall Redevelopment Photo Tour

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April 16, 2014
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I had a unique opportunity today to tour the nearly complete Tysons Tower high rise at Tysons Mall with a group of professionals from the American Planners Association (APA). The last time I had taken some photos at the mall of the construction work, it was obvious that I would not be able to...
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Has Our Vehicle-Centric Society Forgotten Traffic Laws?

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April 15, 2014
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Last week I was visiting some family in Burke and while driving back to Tysons on Braddock Road I witnessed an extremely dangerous traffic situation. Just after the intersection for Wakefield Chapel Road there is a crosswalk striped mid-block that leads from a perpendicular trail to a bus stop on the side of the...
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Capital One Height Debate Much Ado About Nothing

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April 13, 2014
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The Connection Newspaper was present at an MCA debate over the approval of Capital One‘s new headquarters tower, which will be the region’s tallest at 470′ (something we noted here about 2 months before all the other media outlets). While the MCA did ultimately approve the new building, it did so only reluctantly after much harangue about the overshadowing nature...
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Around the Corner

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April 11, 2014
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Lots of things happened this week in our review of Around the Corner; People are talking about how to mitigate the aesthetic issues of the Silver Line‘s largely concrete structure. Hmmmm, if only someone had talked about this a long time ago. The reality is, the Silver Line is not pretty, but then again...
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Meridian Introduces Itself To Tysons With Parklet

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April 10, 2014
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Last May news broke that Meridian, a real estate investment company based in Bethesda, was purchasing the property that contains parts of the headquarters for both SAIC and Booz Allen. The sale also corresponded with plans for SAIC to split off a component of their business, Leidos, to Reston and thereby reducing their future...
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7900 Westpark Facade Replacement Underway

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April 9, 2014
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Plans for 7900 Westpark’s facade replacement went from concept to reality this past month as crews began demolishing the existing concrete brutalist shell with a glass curtain wall for its full height. The project won’t include any new buildings, unlike previous iterations, but it will involve a near full gut of the interior space...
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Brand New Apartments Coming to Halstead Square in Summer 2015

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April 9, 2014
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2729 Merrilee Drive,Vienna, VA 22031 Besides “The Lotus, The Rockwell, and The Lofts” at Halstead Square, another addition of brand new apartments are coming in Summer 2015 next to Courtyard by Marriott Dunn Loring Fairfax. Updates of the name will be announced.
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Tysons Silver Line Station Walksheds

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April 8, 2014
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A walkshed is an important depiction of how far a person can get given a certain walkable distance. Typically walkshed maps are either of a 1/4 mile walk distance or a 1/2 mile walk distance. The significant difference bet-ween a walkshed and an aerial map with a radial distance depiction, like those shown in...
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Inspiration Monday: False Assumptions

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April 7, 2014
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Proposed Concept Implementation in Tysons Score Thousands of residential units in Boston were originally anticipated to be high end apartments, but what the market is really demanding is more condominium units. This shift in conditions is having some developers scramble. It may also be indicative of a larger systematic issue occurring in development, where...
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Revenue Versus Cost: Is Tysons A Winner?

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April 4, 2014
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Does the County’s Comprehensive Plan for Tysons mean a net improvement for the Fairfax County budget or subsidization of urban development? That is a question that continues to hang around despite years having passed since the approval of the plan. With significant costs that came along with the Tysons vision, most notably the Silver...
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Capital One Road Grid Under Construction

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April 3, 2014
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Residents of the Gates of McLean have certainly noticed some construction recently as the once dormant Capital One property has been undergoing major infrastructure upgrades in preparation of their future headquarters redevelopment. The 26 acre property is installing a future road grid that will turn the traditional office park into a full mixed use...
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