West Falls Church Economic Development Project

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City Council Approves Interim Agreement with EYA, PN Hoffman, and Regency Centers (November 2018)

On November 19, 2018, the City Council approved a public-private partnership interim agreement with EYA, PN Hoffman, and Regency Centers for development of 10 acres in the West Falls Church area.

The project will serve as a gateway to the City, instilling a sense of place through the use of high quality urban design, including a thoughtful interface with the adjacent schools.

The schedule for the project includes executing a final comprehensive lease agreement in May 2019, prior to issuance of bonds to finance construction of the George Mason High School (GMHS) project. The private development would then start construction in the fall of 2021 after the new GMHS is complete.

About the Proposed Development

  • The project will serve as a gateway to the City, instilling a sense of place through the use of high quality urban design, including a thoughtful interface with the adjacent schools
  • Environmental Sustainability with LEED ND at the neighborhood level, LEED Gold for the office component, and LEED Gold for the multifamily rental component
  • Pedestrian-oriented streets and easy pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile access to the site
  • Parking garages with spaces offices, apartment and condominium residents, and hotel and retail visitors, and special event parking for schools
  • Approximately 150-200 units of senior housing to allow residents to age in place within the City
  • Approximately 390,000 square feet of Class A commercial office space
  • Approximately 245 units of for sale condominiums and approximately 288 units of multi-family apartments
  • Approximately 40 affordable housing units
  • Nearly an acre open space referred to as the Little City Commons to serve as a gathering place and venue for community events
  • Approximately 126,400 square feet of retail
  • Approximately 20,000 square feet for a possible music venue or other civic space
  • a high quality hotel with conference space.

About the Interim Agreement

The interim agreement is a step to reaching a final comprehensive agreement. The interim agreement lays out the process and expected timeline for approval of the comprehensive agreement, Special Exception Entitlement, and the first payment for the land.

Terms of the interim agreement include:
  • Ground lease for 99 years
  • Five payments in Phase 1: $6.5M in May 2019, then $7.0M each in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024
  • One payment in Phase 2: $10M or appraised value, whichever is higher
  • Total base land payments of $44.5M
  • Additional potential land payments of up to $8.3M, depending on options related to the creation of a Community Development Authority and the location of parking, which City may choose prior to Comprehensive Agreement.
  • The City will benefit from a Capital Event Administrative Fee for the term of the 99 year lease, when the property is sold or refinanced.
  • Read the full interim agreement here.

Next Steps in the Process

Through May 2019, the developer will work with City staff, boards, and commissions on the special exception entitlement, which establishes building heights, permitted uses, and style layouts.

The basic schedule for through May is as follows. During this time there will be opportunities for the public to submit comments during meetings and via email and mailed letter. The City and development team also plan to hold information meetings.

  • Interim Agreement: signed December 2018
  • Special Exception Entitlement Submission: February 4, 2019
  • City Council First Hearing: February 25, 2019
  • Planning Commission: April 1, 2019
  • City Council Second Hearing: May 28, 2019
The City will continue to coordinate with the Falls Church City Public Schools during the construction of the new George Mason High School. This development project is meant to complement the high school and middle school campus.

The City will plan to coordinate with the potential Virginia Tech redevelopment which is located immediately adjacent to the development.

About the Development Team

EYA, PN Hoffman, and Regency Centers are responsible for a number of high-profile projects in the DC area.

EYA’s tag line, “Life within walking distance,” can be exemplified by the mixed-use environments they delivered and/or master planned commuities like Westside at Shady Grove Metro and Park Potomac.

PN Hoffman notably led the urban planning process of The Wharf in southwest DC, a public-private partnership.

Regency Centers is the preeminent national owner, operator, and developer of shopping centers located in affluent and densely populated trade areas with a portfolio that includes thriving properties merchandised with highly productive grocers, restaurants, service providers, and best-in-class retailers that connect to their neighborhoods, communities, and customers.
Updated Map of the West Falls Church Project and the High School Campus Project

How to Stay Informed

There will be numerous opportunities for the public to comment and ask questions about the project at meetings and information sessions. Comments are also always accepted via email (cityclerk@fallschurchva.gov) and mail (ATTN: City Clerk, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046).

A list of public meetings will be posted on this project page. Community members interested in being notified about public meetings may subscribe to the West Falls Church Economic Development Project news flash, which will send emails or text messages in advance of meetings.

Project Milestones and Timeline

Month & Year
High School Project
Economic Development Project
December 2017
Issue Request for
Conceptual Proposals
January 2018
  Adopt Comprehensive
Plan Amendment
February 2018
Issue Request for
Detailed Proposals
March 2018
  Issue Request for
Developer Qualifications (RFQ)
May 2018
  Adopt Site Zoning

June 2018
Select School Design
and Construction Team
Issue Request for
Development Proposals (RFP)
November 2018
  Select Top-Ranked
Respondent to RFP
May 2019
Finalize School Plans
and Cost (GMP)
Finalize Land Lease and Conceptual
Development Plan
June 2019
Issue Construction Bonds

July 2019
Construction Economic Development
Site Plan and Building Permits
Summer 2021
School Opens

Fall 2021
  Economic Development
Construction Begins