Plans are officially available for the mixed-use project that will transform the West Falls Church metro station area.
Developers EYA, Hoffman & Associates and Rushmark Properties have proposed replacing the underground station parking lots with more than a million square feet of new construction, including residential buildings and townhouses, an office building, up to 10,000 square feet of retail and 2.1 acres of parks.
After signing an agreement in August with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which owns the land, the group – collectively known as FGCP-Metro LLC – submitted a dezoning request and final development plans to Fairfax County on December 17.
The project will create four new streets, potentially 90 townhouses, and at the top to 810 multi-family units in three new buildings in Idylwood around an existing six-story WMATA parking lot.
“The Applicant’s proposal, in addition to the redevelopment of the adjacent West Falls site and the Virginia Tech site, presents an exciting intergovernmental planning opportunity that is very unique in Virginia,” said Andrew Painter, attorney for Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, in demand. “Once built, this approximately 60-acre neighborhood will function as a larger transit-oriented neighborhood. “
The plan calls for a six-story multi-family building near Falls Church Drive and the existing WMATA parking garage.
The building’s first floor would include retail, resident amenities and an outdoor patio. The complex would also have an interior courtyard, and a nearby woonerf would promote foot traffic.
The parking lot for the new structure, which is expected to be developed by Rushmark, would be concentrated in an underground garage.
The proposal also includes three blocks of townhouses. The first two would have three floors, one set that could hold up to 17 units and the other, located near The Pavillion and Village condos, with up to 42 townhouses. The third block would consist of four-story residences with up to 27 units.
Of the homes for sale, 15% will be considered affordable, and 10% of rental units would meet other criteria for affordability for workforce housing, the proposal says.
Additional multi-family buildings of up to 280 units and 210 units would be permitted in the future.
“Together with the surrounding community and Metro, EYA, Hoffman & Associates and Rushmark Properties, have created a thoughtful design,” WMATA said upon announcing the development agreement. “The project is the result of a multi-year effort between Metro, the development team and the County of Fairfax… to improve an underutilized asset.
The outdoor spaces would include a 20,600 square foot park, a 33,300 square foot transit plaza; and an approximately 8,100 square foot natural area with benches and bike racks.
In addition, a A 19,500 square foot fenced dog park could be created at the northwest corner of Haycock Road and the metro access road. According to Painter, the area would also include horseshoe games, disc golf practice baskets and picnic tables.
Fairfax County gave way to proposed construction in July, when the Supervisory Board approved a comprehensive plan amendment allowing mixed-use development in the West Falls Church transit station area.
The amended plan also allows for a redevelopment of Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center campus on Haycock Road, although the university canceled its expansion plan in March and has not announced any replacement plans since.
With the new development expected to attract more residents and traffic, the county launched an effort on Dec. 13 to explore options to improve the area’s transportation network, which community members say is already unsafe and inadequate for the new anticipated demand.
WMATA has previously said construction on its redevelopment project will begin in 2023.