One City Center

Special Exception Application

This is a new development proposal for a mixed-used project at the southwest corner of Broad and Washington Streets. The development applications include Special Exception (SE) application to allow residential uses within a mixed-use project and height bonus. Improvements to existing George Mason Square and 150 S. Washington office buildings are also proposed as part of the overall project. 

Project Status and Process

The application was filed on February 11, 2021, and is currently under City's review. Development proposals of this scale must go through several stages of staff review and receive several reviews and approvals by boards, commissions and city organizations before they are considered for approval by the City Council. A tentative project schedule with upcoming meeting dates is provided below. 

On December 13, 2021, the City Council referred the application to Boards and Commissions for review and recommendation to City Council. Boards and Commission review and public meetings will be held in the next several months. For meetings dates and agenda, please visit the calendar or the respective board/commission webpages and contact their Staff Liaison. 

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About the Proposed Development

One City Center is a new mixed-use development project proposed by Atlantic Realty Companies. As proposed the project would include the following key elements: 

  • Façade improvements to the existing George Mason Square office campus
  • Façade improvements to 150 South Washington Street
  • A new 10-story mixed-use building comprised of approximately 109,912 square feet of new commercial uses and 321,034 square feet of new residential uses with 246 rental apartments


The property comprises 4.63 acres located in the block bounded by West Broad Street, South Washington Street, South Maple Avenue and West Annandale Road. The site is zoned B-2, General Business and planned for mixed-use on the Future Land Use Map.

Upcoming Meetings

NOTICE: Until further notice, public meetings will be held pursuant to and in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Section 2.2-3708.2 and state and local legislation adopted to allow for continued government operation during the COVID-19 declared emergency. All participating members of the applicable public body will be present at meetings through electronic means; and all members of the public are welcome to view the meeting at meeting specific links provided on the boards and commission pages - links provided below.  Please visit the boards and commission pages for meeting time and virtual meeting links. The following schedule will be updated as meetings are scheduled and confirmed:

Meeting Date/ Time Location Meeting 
April 5, 2021Virtual City Council Work Session
April 21, 2021Virtual Planning Commission Work Session 
September 27, 2021Virtual City Council Work Session
September 29, 2021On-siteDeveloper Hosted Walking Tour
September 30, 2021VirtualDeveloper Hosted Town Hall 
October 12, 2021VirtualCity Council Work Session
October 25, 2021 VirtualCity Council Public Hearing for Board and Commission referral (Action Deferred)
November 15, 2021Council ChambersCity Council Work Session 
December 13, 2021Council ChambersCity Council Public Hearing 
January 5, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Planning Commission Work Session
January 6, 2022 8:00 AM Virtual Chamber of Commerce
January 12, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual CACT Meeting 
January 19, 2022 7:00 PM Virtual Library Board of Trustees
January 19, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Urban Forestry Commission
January 20, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Environmental Sustainability Council 
February 1, 2022 7:00 PM Virtual Economic Development Authority 
February 2, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Recreation and Parks Advisory Board
February 8, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS)
February 8, 2022 6:30 PM Virtual Housing Commission 
February 9, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Architectural Advisory Board
February 16, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Planning Commission work session
February 17, 2022 9:30 AM Virtual Arts and Humanities Council 
February 17, 2022 6:30 PMVirtual Human Services Advisory Council 
February 24, 2022 7:00 PM & 8:00 PM Virtual Historical Commission and Historic Architectural Review Board
March 2, 2022 7:30 PMVirtual Planning Commission Public Hearing
April 18, 2022 7:30 PMCouncil ChambersCity Council Work Session

Public Input, Questions, & Comments

City Staff

Developer's Representative

Application Materials 

Second Submission (Received June 23, 2021)

First Submission (Received February 11, 2021)