By Emily Leayman
The development’s Iconic Tower is slated to have a height of 600 feet with an observation deck.
TYSONS, VA — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the View at Tysons development, which will feature the region’s tallest building. The developer is Clemente Development Co.
Five buildings will be part of the development. The Iconic Tower is planned to be 600 feet tall, while the next tallest buildings will be 455 feet and 420.5 feet. The Iconic Tower would include 400 feet of office space topped by a 200-foot architectural feature with a public observation deck. By comparison, the Washington Monument is 555 feet tall.
Dale Stein, president of the McLean Citizens Association, spoke in opposition to the development, with one of the main reason being the building height. Stein said the development should be denied or amended with an adjusted building height “rather than setting a new precedent.”
Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth supported the 600-foot Iconic Tower, saying Tysons should have defining buildings rather than just tall buildings. “Yes it is a building that has a corner that is 600 feet in the air, but it is only occupied to that 400 foot level, and that really is an important distinction,” she said.
The development calls for 3,019,472 square feet of space. That includes 1,433,139 of office space and 1,138,255 square feet of residential space. Retail, hotel, public park, black box theater and other uses make up the remainder. According to Washington Business Journal, 1st Stage Theater is negotiating to move into the theater space.
Paul Kohlenberger, president of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the appeal of the performing arts space. “The opportunity to facilitate the long-term and sustainable housing of such performing arts operator in this location should be taken, especially if Tysons West is to be an arts center,” he said.
Located near the Spring Hill Metro station, the development will be bordered by Leesburg Pike, Spring Hill Road and Tyco Road. There was no immediate plan for a construction start date, according to Washington Business Journal.
Pictured at top: The View at Tysons development with a 600-foot tower was approved by the Board of Supervisors. (Fairfax County)