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Wanting to take part in the development bonanza taking place around the Silver Line, the Arlington County Board approved a plan for transit-oriented development around the East Falls Church Metro station this weekend.
As similar developments along the full Silver Line metro, the Dunn Loring/Merrifield and Vienna metro stations, this one also calls for a mixed-use development with open spaces, ground level retail and residential buildings.
Per the County other highlights of the plan include:
- Replacing the surface parking lot with a mixed-use development that will include ground floor retail, shared public parking, a public open space and continuation of existing bus operations.
- Creating three new public open spaces: adjacent to the station, and two sites located on either side of Lee Highway adjacent to the W&OD Trail.
- Building a new west entranceto the East Falls Church Metrorail station, making it easier to get to and from proposed development along Lee Highway in Arlington and Washington Street in the City of Falls Church.
- Redesigning Lee Highway, Washington Boulevard and Sycamore Street, to include new lane configurations, on-street bicycle lanes, on-street parking, better pedestrian safety at intersections and more street tree planting areas.
- Generating 100-250 units of committed affordable housing in the greater East Falls Church area by applying the County’s “Affordable Housing Ordinance” on future Site Plan projects, through the potential conversion of market affordable housing units to committed affordable units, and through coordinating with WMATA on the future development of the Park & Ride site.
Nearby residents have been vocal in their opposition to the project – in particular the planned height of the new buildings. In the end, the County approved 9 stories closest to I-66 and three stories closer to the existing single family homes.
For more information on plans for the area you can view the East Falls Church Area Plan here.