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‘Transforming Tysons’ Event Draws 100s

A “Transforming Tysons” Open House took place this past Monday, at the George C. Marshall High School cafeteria, just down the road from construction clogged Tysons Corner.

In the coming decades, the “edge city” of Tysons will be transformed into a bustling mixed-use, and pedestrian friendly city thanks to the addition of four Metro stations and new infill residential, commercial, and office projects, information provided at the event detailed. That is the plan at least, according to the county planners and major developers that participated in the open house.

Matthew Ladd, a Fairfax County planner, gave a brief presentation to the roughly 100 strong crowd. He explained that the six major developers who had already filed for rezoning on their properties in accordance with the recently approved master plan, were present with their own display booths to answer questions. These developers included the Georgalas Group, the Mitre Corporation, NVCommercial, Capital One, and SAIC. Other presentation displays that related to future Tysons transportation plans and proposals such as, new circulators, a new grid-system, and improved bike routes, were staffed by county planners and officials. The new plan for Tysons, which includes all of these transportation elements, was approved last summer.

Ladd revealed that the county has responded to the recently increased strain on their staff resources by hiring two new principal planners to directly work on Tysons Corner issues, in an effort to more efficiently serve the public. These issues include an increase in new rezoning cases and new development applications.