The Hilton Worldwide headquarters in the Park Place II building in Tysons is safe for now, but a developer is looking at demolishing and rebuilding the outdated Park Place I office building next door.
Developer B.F. Saul Co. submitted plans in August to redevelop 7926 Jones Branch Drive, an office building built in the 1970s, into a more modern office building. The proposed development plans show the building’s square footage of office space doubling from 260,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet. The new building is planned to be 18-stories tall.
The case entered the pre-staffing review phase on Dec. 12. Dates for hearings at the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are still to be determined.
The development is just south of the newly opened Jones Branch Connector and one half-mile from the McLean Metro Station. The application calls the existing building “functionally obsolete.”
The new development plans would rotate the property 90 degrees to face the Beltway and create visual symmetry with Park Place II.
The application plans say new amenities will be added at the ground level, like a small bike park. The park will act as a rest stop for passing cyclists with bicycle tools and parking available.
However, the developer is also requesting an exception for the parking requirement as the new development will exceed current parking limitations at the site. The application says the exception would be temporary pending redevelopment of Park Place II, but the application also says there are no immediate plans for Park Place II’s redevelopment.
Park Place II, which was built in 2008 and contains 311,600 square feet of office space, is currently the Hilton Worldwide headquarters. The application says the current leases for that building limit any redevelopment plans.
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