At 14-acres and 2 million square-feet, the development is set to include 7 new high rise buildings along with 7 acres of open space. The center-piece of the project is set to be a large park located on top of a four story underground parking structure that spans the entire site. The park would feature “oculi”, oval openings which provide natural light and ventilation to the parking garage.
Prior to its approval, Elizabeth Baker of the law firm Walsh Colucci said of the development, “While sometimes we do developments and we set the buildings and the grid of streets and we try to figure out where the parks can fit in, this was designed specifically to create a very significant centralized park.”
In addition to green space, the development would hold 191 workforce dwelling units (WDUs). These units would be priced at 70, 80, and 100 percent of area median income (AMI).
The inclusion of WDUs no doubt helped speed the proposal through both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, as both bodies are anxious to approve projects addressing Fairfax County’s affordability problems.
With Phase I approved, construction will begin on a 16-story office building, a 15-dock bikeshare station, and an urban plaza connecting the development to the Reston Town Center Metro.