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A Look Inside The Boro, the Massive New Development in Tysons

by Vernon Miles October 1, 2018 at 10:45 am 12 Comments

(Updated at 4:30) — The Boro, a mixed-use complex being built near the Greensboro Metro station, has topped out.

Caroline Flax, senior analyst for site developer The Meridian Group, said the complex is as tall as it’s going to get, so it’s time for a review of the project and where it stands.

The project is broken into five lettered sections filling the block southeast of the Leesburg Pike and Westpark Drive intersection. The area is just west of the Tysons Galleria mall.

Furthest along is Block C, a grouping of two major buildings and a much smaller kiosk. A third building has been approved for the block but has not begun construction. The largest occupants of Block C are the Showplace ICON movie theater and a 437,000 square-foot office building. The kiosk in the one acre park will be where Bluestone Lane, an Australian-inspired coffee chain, will be opening their first Virginia location.

Flax said this side of the project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. In the first two quarters of 2019, Tysons Reporter was told, the office tenants will begin to move into Block C.

Meanwhile, to the northwest of Block C, the skeleton of Block A has been completed. Block A is the primarily residential area of the complex. In August, Flax said the tall towers of Block A, the 27-story apartment “Rise” tower and the 25-story luxury condominium “Verse” tower, had all of their floors poured into place. Work is now beginning on the facades and the interior of the buildings.

A 69,000 square-foot Whole Foods will occupy the base of the northern point of Block A, at the corner of Greensboro Drive and Westpark Drive.

Block B of the project, southwest of Block A, is The Loft. At five-stories tall, The Loft dwarfed by its northern residential neighbors. But the 77,000 square-foot building will stretch along the length of the new street Boro Place and hold two floors of retail and three stories of offices above that.

“Boro Place is the retail spine of The Boro,” said Flax.

Several restaurants are already signed to move into Blocks A and B, including:

  • Fish Taco, a DC based taco chain
  • Tasty Kabob, the first brick-and-mortar location for a popular local food truck
  • Flower Child, a cast-casual restaurant specializing in healthy food
  • North Italia, an Italian restaurant specializing in handmade pizzas and pasta
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a national smoothie chain

Taylor Gourmet had been signed to move into the area as well, but the chain filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at the end of September and closed all locations. Flax said no decision on a new occupant has been finalized but that there are several prospects for the location under consideration.

  • Flood Czar

    Love the pics.

  • PA2VA

    That’s absolutely nothing attractive about any of it. Add an urban dweller all my life, this is no community. This is mass industrialization of land to maximize tax revenue. It’s not meant for human existence. Humans are simply another widget in this machine.

  • residentcynic

    I dunno, these kinds of developments seem to work very well in other powerful, successful, vibrant cities. Look at Toronto.

    This is what appropriate urban transit-immediate density looks like.

  • PA2VA

    Yes, this is what urban transit-immediate density looks like. Thanks for supporting my point – It is not a community.

  • residentcynic

    Uhh… it seems to work just fine for greater NYC, Toronto, and plenty of other cities. I think it’s glorious, I can walk wherever I want, we leave appropriate levels of green space, and I can use Metro to get around.

  • PA2VA

    If you ever actually lived in NYC you’d know the difference. This is a suburbanites ‘dream’ of what a city is. A city is organic, a life of it’s own. A planned tax revenue development is the actual opposite.

    But thanks for playing.

  • residentcynic

    Yeah no. I spent 7 years in Hudson County, NJ. Access and community hubs are the core of what causes that organic feel. Fairfax County may have failed to preserve the appropriate park space decades ago, but the various developments are actually planned to do a pretty good job of replicating those meetup plazas. Tysons I’s outdoor space was the first.

  • PA2VA

    Outdoor space is not concrete. Communities – actual communities – are walkable – not dodging 6 lanes of traffic. They have actual homes, parks, green space. The Tysons’ redevelopment boasts 7 parks (if I remember correctly) for 4.89 acres of actual grass. Pee patches. that’s not a community. “organic feel” – yeah, #FAIL

  • residentcynic

    That park acreage is really not far off places like a Hoboken or basically any NYC neighborhood not named central or prospect park.

  • PA2VA

    Yeah, that’s the dream, “Fort Lee, VA”. SMDH

    Let’s agree that your definition of ‘livable’ is transactional. Most human beings prefer communal neighborhood.

  • residentcynic

    Fort Lee and Hoboken are nothing alike. It’s literally the cherry-picked worst example in the entire NY metro region.

  • PA2VA

    Your own reply to another Disqus question says it all ” boon for county tax rolls”. ’nuff said. Transactional.

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