Tysons, Virginia has established a comprehensive 40-year development plan that will transform the rapidly growing Northern Virginia community into a walkable, sustainable, downtown area over the next few decades. New high-rise buildings ranging up to 400 feet—or 36 stories—will create a new skyline visible across the emerging urban center and beyond. The transformation of the Tyson’s area began in 2014 with the opening of the Metro Silver Line bringing rapid-transit to this busy suburb of Washington DC.
The new downtown will be set up as eight districts: Tysons West, Tysons Cental 7, Tysons Central 123, Tysons East, North West, Old Courthouse South, North Central, East Side.
Location: Tysons lies between the community of McLean and the town of Vienna along the Capital Beltway, approximately 12 miles west of the heart of Washington DC. Tysons is Fairfax County's central business district with the largest concentration of office space in Northern Virginia. The area is also home to Tysons Corner Center, the largest shopping mall in the capital region.
Development Plan Elements
- Density concentrations will be located within walking distance to the four metro stations
- Mixed-use properties will be built with a balance of office space, retail and housing
- A new grid of streets will be established to improve traffic flow
- Open space including plazas and parks will create community space
- Cultural and entertainment venues will be established
Please note, this is a long-range plan for the area and all details are subject to change.
Tysons West – The first phase, already being developed. Located on Route 7 at the intersection of Westwood Center Drive, just steps from one of the first Metro stations on the new Metrorail Silver Line, the new mixed-use development will have over 250,000 square feet of retail, 400,000 square feet office space and 700 residential apartments.
Among the new businesses which will be included in the first phase of the construction are a small format Walmart grocery store and a full-service, state-of-the-art 24 Hour Fitness health club, amenities which will offer residents in the immediate area and surrounding community new shopping and lifestyle options. Upon completion, Tysons West will offer a variety of ground floor retail establishments, restaurants with outdoor dining, new residential housing, commercial and medical office space, and a fully renovated Sheraton Premiere Hotel. To learn more about the latest development, visit www.tysonswest.com
Tysons Central 7 – The mixed-use project will include office, hotel, retail and residential properties totaling approximately 1.9 million square feet, located directly adjacent to the new Metro Station on Route 7. This district will also have a Civic Center, a public square to serve as a public gathering space for outdoor concerts or public markets. New buildings will be designed to include government services, a public library, post office and a cultural facility. To learn more about the development plans, visit www.nvcommercial.com/tysonscentral7.php.
Tysons Central 123 – The area surrounding the Tysons Central 123 Metro Station is likely to remain a shopping destination with a walkable street network.
Hotel and conference facilities may be added. A parking garage is being considered.
Tysons East – Subdistricts will be created to include an office district, a residential district and an education focused district. Scotts Run Park will remain as parkland and will provide an oasis for outdoor events such as concerts and family friendly activities. Arbor Row—CityLine Partners’ Scotts Run South project will add more than 6.6 million square feet of mixed use development near the future McLean Metro station. This project will erect 17 new buildings, including office, residential, retail and a hotel. Most of the development sits to the east of the stream valley park on a 23-acre site, along Route 123 near the intersection of Colshire Drive. To the west of the park, the development covers two parcels, totaling 6.9 acres, along both sides of Old Meadow Road from Route 123 to Colshire Meadow Road.
The plan includes five new urban parks spread across about 3.6 acres, including a playground, two basketball courts, civic space, corner plaza, new naturalized park area. The approximately 12,000 square foot park along Anderson Road includes a playground. A 28,000 square foot civic plaza will offer ornamental landscaping and a water feature or splash pad for kids. Another 1.5 acre naturalized park will connect the development to the existing Scotts Run Park.
North West – Located on the edge of Tysons West and Tysons Central 7, the North West district will likely remain primarily residential with a mix of different types of housing. The Old Courthouse Spring Branch stream valley park may see some improvements to its facilities. More than half of the land in this district is parkland.
Old Courthouse South – Nestled between Route 7 and Old Courthouse Road, this district will serve as a transition area between Tysons Central 123 and neighboring communities. Residential development will likely dominate this area.
North Central – Located between West Park Drive and the Dulles Access Road, this area will be a mixed-use residential neighborhood with several parks and retail businesses. New pedestrian friendly streets will enhance the district. The streetcar circulator could provide easy transportation around the immediate area.
East Side – The East Side is primarily residential, located south of the Tysons East Metro Station. This area may include limited retail and office spaces to serve the local residents. Access to the Metro stations would be provided by the streetcar circulator and walking paths.
The Washington DC area has many neighborhoods that are currently being transformed with big redevelopment plans. Read more about Urban Development in Washington DC.