Vienna Town Council rejects assisted living facility over parking concerns

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

On June 17th, the Vienna Town Council rejected a proposal from Sunrise Senior Living to construct a mixed-use retail and 108 bed assisted-living facility at 100 Maple Avenue.  Despite over a year of back and forth discussions, Sunrise was unable to convince the Council that the development would not overly strain the area’s limited parking resources. The main question surrounding …

Fairfax County green lights new retirement community in Tysons

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted June 25th to unanimously approve entitlements for “The Mather“, a high-rise life-plan community designed for ages 62+. “We are thrilled to have received approval for this exciting new community,” said Mather LifeWays CEO and President, Mary Leary. “The Mather will offer apartment homes with SMART home technology, amenity-rich community spaces, and luxury of …

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DC area’s largest Whole Foods set to open in Tysons this fall

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A spokesperson for the developers of The Boro, the 18-acre mega project across from the Greensboro Metro Station, told TysonsToday that the development’s Whole Foods will open this fall.  At 70,000-square-feet, the Whole Foods will be the DC area’s largest, and will be just 10,000-square-feet shy of its flagship store in Austin, Texas. On the whole, The Boro’s massive development …

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The saga of 380 Maple Avenue is over…probably

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The Vienna Town Council moved 5-2 Monday night to approve a controversial mixed-use development of 39 condos, 7500 square feet of retail, and 125 parking spaces at 380 Maple Avenue.  The bitter fight between developers and opponents that began last September is over…probably. The catch is that before voting, Councilmember Pasha Majdi raised the possibility of rescinding the development’s approval …

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Fate of Vienna’s 380 Maple Avenue may finally be decided tonight

Michael Dranove Politics, Tysons Update

Tonight’s Vienna Town Council meeting could put an end to months of debate over plans to rezone 380 Maple Avenue for mixed-use development.  Last fall, developers submitted a proposal to tear down the office building currently occupying 380 Maple in order to build a mixed-use development consisting of 39 condos, 7500 square feet of retail, and 125 parking spaces.  Since then, Town …

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One University development a step closer to reality

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors moved 9-1 Wednesday to amend the Comprehensive Plan, paving the way for a final decision on the development of student, senior, and affordable housing units near George Mason University (GMU).  Known as One University, the proposed development would comprise 10 acres located at the intersection of Route 123 and University Drive.  It would include …

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Opinion: Reston, we have a problem

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Reposted with the permission of Greater Greater Washington Reston — the nationally-renowned Fairfax County New Town founded in 1964 — is at a crossroads. While the physical fabric outside the Reston Town Center has changed little over the last two decades, the community’s founding vision of inclusion has begun to slip into the background. In its first 30 years, Reston …


Fairfax County receives formal proposal for indoor ski resort

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

Defunct portions of the I-95 landfill in Fairfax County may soon be home to one of the longest indoor ski slopes in the world.  Alpine-X, a development partner of Netherlands based SnowWorld International, has formally submitted a proposal to construct a 500,000 sq. ft. ski complex on non-operating portions of the Lorton Landfill.  The complex would include a 1500 ft …

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Planning Commission approves Reston Crossing proposal

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve the “Reston Crossing” development, a 14 acre park-centered development located just south of the future Reston Town Center Metro station. Created by New York based developers Tishman Speyer, the 2 million square foot development would be comprised of 7 new high rise buildings along with 7 acres of open space. Of …

Decision on 380 Maple Avenue delayed again as developers and critics struggle to see eye to eye

Michael Dranove Politics, Tysons Update

May 13th’s Vienna Town Council meeting produced no major breakthroughs in the debate over the fate of 380 Maple Avenue, as the Council moved to defer action and to continue public hearing at its next meeting, June 3rd. The move is just the latest delay for the proposal, as residents and developers have been unable to find an acceptable compromise …