McLean’s downtown redevelopment is moving slowly, but making progress

The idea behind the McLean Community Business Center (CBC) was to create an active and thriving downtown for the community. So far, a planning memo says those plans are moving along slowly.

The CBC segments downtown McLean into zones: a center zone — a sort of Times Square for McLean — with development scaling down to a general zone and an edge zone beyond that, where development will remain residential and low-intensity uses.

The plan was adopted in June 2021, and Supervisor John Foust said the first approval under the new plan was a modest rezoning that turned a commercial space into 18 residential units.

“The first approval under the new Plan was a modest rezoning for the Ashby apartment community to permit the conversion of existing commercial space to 18 residential units,” Foust said. “It was approved by the Board in February 22.”

So far, the memo marks the only McLean CBC project approval. A 44-unit redevelopment of 6707 Old Dominion Drive approved in 2018 is the only other pending residential addition to the center zone of the McLean CBC.

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