Falls Church moving forward with massive development project at site of George Mason High campus

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The Falls Church City Council and Falls Church School Board voted unanimously to approve a 1.3 million square foot development at the site of the soon to be demolished George Mason High School (GMHS) campus earlier this week. With construction of a new GMHS campus set to begin on land directly adjacent to its current location, the City of Falls Church hopes that revenue from development at the old GMHS site will completely pay off the $120 million bond it is using to finance construction of the new GMHS.

Entitled the West Falls Church Economic Development Project, the project includes, “office, hotel, senior housing, condominiums, rental apartments, retail, civic/entertainment uses, and a large central open space.”

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The City hopes the new development will become “a special place” that can serve as a “welcoming gateway” to an “environmentally responsible” and “transit accessible” Falls Church. Located near the West Falls Church Metro Station, the development has walkability in mind, and the plan is to increase pedestrian access between the Metro and the development, as well as the new GMHS campus.

The plan is to finish construction on the new GMHS campus in winter 2020, to transfer school operations there, and then to demolish the old campus to make way for the new development.

The official groundbreaking for the new High School will begin 2pm on June 14th.