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Monthly Archives: July 2007

With the expected increase of jobs and people, plus a 24/7 environment, many key services to Tysons will have to be upgraded.

In a recent report, the fire department says their existing fire station will have to be upgraded. And depending on how many new people (jobs and residences) are created up to two more fire stations may be required. A new police station will be needed, but police have said they’re willing to work inside of a new fire department facility. These new facilities may be suburban, if they are they will be located on the fringe of Tysons.

Most likely no new schools (maybe a new elementary) will be constructed, but surrounding schools will have to be upgraded.  A local library will be built in a street level situation, the new building will be either 10,000, or 17,000 sqaure feet.

Sewage and electricity will need to be upgraded. Washington DC will be required to sign off on a new contract for sewage capacity, and there might some resistance as Tysons might be viewed as a threat by some in DC.  Electricty capaicty will have to be doubled. Water supply will not be significantly affected by new development.

Tysons Central (the 123, and 7 stations) will include the most density. These are renderings of what the area might look like.

These pictures are from Fairfax County, and/or the Dulles Corridor Rail Association.


This plan is the most similar to Arlington County’s Rosslyn-Balston corridor. It also makes the most sense to me, because commuters will walk the least, while the people who live their will walk farther. The orange circles are residential, anchored by retail, while the blue circles are mostly office/retail space.

This option would spread high density development the furtherest throughout Tysons, by allowing for a circulatory style bus system. Besides having dense development in the TOD’s it would also be built along the bus route. While in terms of spreading high density development it would be nice, I’m not sure if many would use the circulatory system.

The main street idea is basically Transit Oriented Development without the transit, but the green space idea is defiantly a winner.


Street map of the route of the Silver Line.


Proposed street grid for Tysons Corner, including zoning.

Tysons Corner Center plans to add 8 towers off offices, condos, apartments, and hotels, in vacant land and parking lots surrounding the mall. Here are some photos courtesy of the developer Macerich.