Newsletter

County board OKs Somos project to speed up the creation of workforce housing in Tysons East

Somos will now consist entirely of workforce dwelling units (via Fairfax County)

“They would be delivered much sooner than if these other projects built out over the next 10 to 20 years,” he said.

To ensure the Somos project’s long-term affordability, the 4-acre site will be conveyed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), which will then lease the newly constructed property to SCG for a 99-year term.

The Board of Supervisors authorized the agreement between SCG, Capital One and FCRHA by a 9-1 vote, with Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity expressing opposition to the use of public funds for the project.

The county has increasingly turned to public-private partnerships as it aims to create 10,000 more units of affordable housing by 2035. The board awarded $33.6 million in public financing to Somos in August, a model also used for Tysons’ upcoming Dominion Square West project and the Ovation at Arrowbrook residences under construction near the Innovation Center Metro station.

The Somos funds consist of about $13 million in local tax dollars, $19 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, and $1.2 million in developer contributions. The project’s total cost per unit is about $451,000, including “just shy of $30,000” in local funds, Fairfax County Housing and Community Development Director Tom Fleetwood said.

“Government-subsidized housing at $450K a unit paid for by people who can’t really afford that themselves is an issue for me,” Herrity said.

Palchik and Board Chairman Jeff McKay countered that the funds are an “important investment” in the community, noting that the site’s proximity to the McLean Metro station, Tysons Corner Center and other amenities makes it particularly valuable.

Somos will include 1.21 acres of publicly accessible park space (via Fairfax County)

Sandwiched between Scotts Run to the north and the Highland District to the south, Somos will have 1.21 acres of privately owned but publicly accessible park space, including a 21,008-square-foot Meadow Gardens park, a 6-foot-wide recreational trail, and a “play and pedestrian court area,” according to the approved plan.

Built in 1984, the existing, vacant office building will be demolished, but SCG will retain the property’s three-story parking garage as the base of one of its residential mid-rises.

After working with county staff, the developer moved the development’s main entrance from Old Meadow Road to the Lincoln Street that will eventually connect Tysons East to Pimmit Hills. A driveway off of Old Meadow will be limited to loading and emergency vehicle activities, leaving room for a park and a tree grove, according to McGranahan.

In a concession to the community, the time frame for when construction will be allowed has been shortened by two hours, and a “point of contact” will be provided to handle comments or concerns, McGranahan said.

“I think this is a very important investment in our community and ensuring the housing that we wish to see,” Palchik said.

Read the comments…

Recent Stories

Water pipe (image via Marco Bicca/Unsplash) If developers are willing to invest in boosting sewage infrastructure with their new projects, Fairfax County is willing to foot part of the bill….

The baseball diamond at Linway Terrace Park (via Fairfax County Park Authority) Grass may soon be passé at Linway Terrace Park in McLean. McLean Little League (MLL) has offered to…

Lake Fairfax in Reston (staff photo by Jay Westcott) Lego Discovery Center Breaks Ground — “It was an honor today to participate in the LEGO Discovery Center groundbreaking at Springfield…

The Prosperity Business Campus owner has suggested turning it into a mixed-use neighborhood (via Fairfax County) The Mosaic District has been declared a rousing success by Fairfax County, but between…

Chris Green is one of the DMV’s finest fitness instructors. A Lululemon and South Block ambassador, he is a coach and mentor to so many. He embodies grace, positivity and motivation in ways that no one else can. If we could all learn a thing or two from him, the world would be a much better place. He does so much for others, and does so with a smile on his face 99% of the time.

He recently ruptured his Achilles and has an incredibly long and tough journey ahead. As if COVID hadn’t impacted fitness professionals enough, throw this in the mix and it’s a double, even triple whammy. CG is no longer able to work and do what he loves for the time being because of this and we’d love your support.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here for just $99.

The Rhea Baker State Farm Agency is proud to support Shelter House in providing safe places to be during quarantine. Shelter House’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence. Right now they are providing over 200 hotel rooms to those in need in our community. In the past year, across all programs, Shelter House served nearly 500 households comprised of over 1,500 individuals, 60% of which were children.

Of the households that exited shelter, over 70% moved to permanent housing. The Baker Agency has served Vienna and Tysons residents and business owners since 2007 and proudly offers insurance solutions for you home, condo, auto insurance, life insurance and more. We offer complimentary reviews and coach teen drivers to safer, better drivers, and to help keep your auto insurance rates down! We are always happy to talk or text at 703-847-6880.

Submit your own Community Post here for just $99.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list