As some of you may know, Cityline Partners are scheduled to develop the area next to the Gates of McLean that is called Scotts Run Station North. Currently there is a large flat office building at the location (intersection of Scotts Run and Rt 123/Chain Bridge Road) next to the new Tysons-McLean metro station.
Between the new development and the Gates of McLean is a 4 acre area that is owned by the Gates of McLean. Currently the Scotts Run stream runs through it and it is used as a “park”/undeveloped area. Due to the stream and other restrictions the type of development allowed is very limited.
As part of their development, Cityline Partners have shown interest in purchasing all or parts of the 4 acre area and use it for sports fields, a stream valley park (complimenting the planned devlopment on the other side of Chain Bridge Road) and other non-commercial development.
So what would be the end result if this goes through?
1. The Gates of McLean could use the proceeds from the sale to construct a badly needed parking house in the community. This will help alleviate the limited parking in the community. The community would get a fully developed park next door as well with little/no maintenace responsibility.
2. Cityline Partners would likely get bonus densities for their own development and other credits/goodwill from the County. A park next door will be attractive to their commercial tenants and possibly residents (if they go the apartment route.)
3. Fairfax County and its citizens will get access to a wonderful park with a rejuvenated Scotts Run stream. The plan is for Cityline Partners to hand the park over to the Fairfax County Park Authority after it has been developed.
So, it seem like a win-win for everyone as the plot of land is underdeveloped currently and has limited monetary value. It will increase the density in the area further but that is unavoidable with the metro coming next door.
UPDATE: Seems Cityline has pulled the plug on this – didn’t seem to be enough interest from the Gates of McLean residents.