West Falls Church Economic Development Project

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Project Status

A Special Exception Entitlement application was submitted on February 4, 2019. After months of public review and revisions, the final development proposal was approved by the City Council on July 8, 2019. A Special Exception Site Plan will be submitted by the the developers in the near future and is subject to City review and approval.

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 and WMATA redevelopment which is located immediately adjacent to the development.

Approved Special Exception Entitlement Application (3rd Submission - June 3, 2019)

Pre-Submission Public Engagement

In the coming months, leading up to the formal submission in January, there will be public work sessions and Town Hall meetings to solicit public feedback and city guidance during the pre-submission and design phase. The developer will provide updates during these meetings on design development.

Upcoming Meetings

All meetings are open to the public, however, not all meetings allow for comments from the public. Please look for "Public Comment Opportunity" in the description below. Find past meeting information here.

More meeting announcements and public comment opportunities will be posted here.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
7 p.m.
Community Center (Map)
Place Making Discussion with Select Boards and Commissions
(CATCH, Recreation and Parks Advisory Board,
Historic Commission, and Historic Architectural Review Board)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
7 p.m.
School Board Office (Map)
Project Updates for the School Board


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
8:30 p.m.
City Hall (Map)
Joint Work Session
(City Council, Planning Commission, and
Economic Development Authority)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7 p.m.
City Hall (Map)
Town Hall: Project Updates

✔ Public Comment Opportunity
Monday, December 9, 2019
7:30 p.m.
City Hall (Map)
Joint Work Session
(City Council, Planning Commission, and
Economic Development Authority)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7 p.m.
City Hall (Map)
Project Updates for the School Board

✔ Public Comment Opportunity
Thursday, December 12, 2019
7 p.m.
City Hall (Map)
Town Hall: Project Updates

✔ Public Comment Opportunity

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 150-225 units of senior housing to allow residents to age in place within the City
  • Approximately 330,000 square feet of Class A commercial office space in phase 1 and 2 of development
  • Approximately 145 - 350 units of for sale condominiums and approximately 275 - 375 units of multi-family apartments.
  • Affordable Dwelling Units equal to 6% of the total number of dwelling units including independent living units
  • Large central open space referred to as the Little City Commons to serve as a gathering place and venue for community events
  • Approximately 123,400 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.
  • Learn more about the public-private partnership here.
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Updated Map of the West Falls Church Project and the High School Campus Project