UPDATE 12/1: Plan To Transform Tysons Mall Approved
From today's Metro section:
Mall Owner Delays Push for Approval of Part of Expansion
The owner of Tysons Corner Center has agreed to postpone seeking Fairfax County's approval for part of a major overhaul of the 38-year-old mall in response to criticism of the proposal's timing.
The Macerich Co., based in California, is proposing to expand the mall by wrapping it with apartments, offices and a hotel in towers as tall as 30 stories, adding 3.5 million square feet to the 78-acre property.
Under the initial plan, the work would proceed in four phases, with the first expected to open by 2010 and the final two after the planned extension of Metrorail to Tysons, which is scheduled for 2012. But critics said it made no sense to approve the expansion now while a county task force is drawing up a master plan for Tysons.
To address that concern, Macerich has agreed to delay seeking approval of the final two phases, which involve mainly mid-rise buildings along the sides of the mall facing International Drive and Leesburg Pike, until after the task force finishes its work. Still on the table Thursday for the Fairfax County Planning Commission is the development proposed for the Route 123 side of the mall, which includes about 70 percent of the expansion.
-- Alec MacGillis
Here is the latest on the plans to reshape the mall and how the master plan for Tysons Corner might be affected.
Originally posted 9/28
The owners of Tysons Corner Center like the idea of turning the area around their mall into Fairfax County's downtown and they say they know just where the redevelopment should start; right at the shopping complex. Next week they plan to present to the county Planning Commission their plan to surround the mall with residential and office towers and to add recreational and arts facilities as well as trails to their property. Turn to the Fairfax Extra for the story.