After the recent uproar over the possible destruction of the Tysons Forest on Old Courthouse Spring Branch, behind Route 7, a Fairfax County planner pointed out to me that there was a second green space in Tysons Corner: Scotts Run Park, east of the Beltway and closer to Pimmit Hills than either of the Tysons malls. But it is in the footprint for the new Tysons City, and Fairfax County recently approved a giant new spread of office and residential buildings on either side of the park, though still maintaining and possibly improving Scotts Run Park as the “other” green space in Tysons.
The Board of Supervisors on April 9 approved Scotts Run South, the third large mixed-use development to get the greenlight, and the second one proposed by Cityline Partners. Cityline already has approval to build Arbor Row, which will be eight new buildings on
Westpark Drive behind the Tysons Galleria. Scotts Run, though, will be 17 new buildings along Route 123, across from the Tysons East Metro station, and will really start to define the Tysons city skyline. Six office towers will face Route 123, three more will be just south, and seven residential buildings and one hotel are also planned, for a total of 1,400 apartments and 3.5 million square feet of office space. Cityline also must construct a new fire station for the area by 2020.
The buildings will straddle Scotts Run Park, which Cityline has promised to restore with paths, public art, a bridge and a boardwalk. There are also five smaller “urban parks” proposed within the 30 acre site. Scotts Run South will replace most of the current West Gate office park. In addition to Cityline’s two approved projects, Capital One was also approved to expand its campus across Route 123 from Scotts Run, immediately adjacent to the Tysons East (or McLean) Metro station. In all, 18 projects are in the pipeline proposing 38 million square feet of development, resulting in 29,000 new residents and 58,000 new jobs in Tysons in the next 20 years.
Kali Schumitz of the Fairfax County Times has more details here. The county’s fairly detailed press release is here. And the staff report from the county planning commission on Scotts Run South, which describes the project in incredible detail, is here.