A headline in last Saturday's Real Estate section implied that Rozansky & Kay will be sole developer of a Tysons Corner site in which Robert Bass formerly had an interest. Rozansky & Kay will join with John G. Georgelas & Son and the Milton Co. in developing the property.
The partnership interest of wealthy Texan Robert Bass in a controversial proposed office park in the Tysons Corner area has been bought by Rozansky & Kay, a Washington development company.
Alan Kay confirmed his firm's purchase of the Bass interest in what originally was planned as Springhill Park on Springhill Road at the main interchanges of the Dulles toll lanes in the shadow of the giant Tysons II project now under construction.
"We have been building at Tysons Corner since 1976. Tysons is a great area," Kay said. Rozansky and Kay have been involved in more than a half-dozen Tysons area projects. "We bought them Bass out and made the necessary changes," many of which are expected to ease community opposition to the project.
The development will have a new architect (Weihe, Black, Jeffries, Strassman & Dove of Washington) and a new name (Tysons Dulles Office Park), and the height of the three buildings will be cut to six stories rather than the 12 originally planned.
Kay declined to say what his company paid for the interest held by Bass, one of the powerful Bass brothers operating out of Fort Worth. Rozansky and Kay will join two original limited partners in the venture -- John G. Georgelas & Sons, a McLean development firm, and Milton Co. -- in building the 448,000-square-foot development, which will face the Dulles toll lanes.
The original plan for three 12-story buildings was harshly criticized by residents of nearby subdivisions, including McLean Hunt, McLean Hunt Estates, McLean Hamlet and Odrick's Corner, which is one of Fairfax County's oldest black communities. Odrick's Corner will be the neighborhood most affected by the project because it is directly across the toll lanes from the development and there are no natural buffers.
The original application to build the project called for changing the present combination of residential and industrial zonings on the land involved to a PDC designation. PDC stands for planned development, commercial. The proposal has been in trouble since it was filed more than seven months ago. Last October, after a steady stream of criticism from community organizations, developers temporarily withdrew the application, even though it had received a favorable recommendation from the Fairfax County planning staff.
A 20,000-square-foot strip of land in the site is zoned residential. That piece was once a rail or road right of way and never was changed to conform with the surrounding industrial areas, Georgelas said. That means developers have to face a rezoning process in spite of their major changes in height reduction.
"What we are doing is amending our original application in order to help speed up the process. But the docket before the planning commission and board of supervisors is so full that is is hard to get a date for public hearings," Georgelas said.
Georgelas said his partners plan to open up Tyco Road, currently a narrow street running north off Leesburg Pike to a dead end off the Vepco power station, which will provide improved access from Leesburg Pike to the main toll plaza areas.
Each building is planned to include a six-story atrium. Basement parking will be provided for more than 1,000 cars.