Some Say Tysons Corner Density Plans Create Too Many Disincentives

Citizens in Tysons Corner worry that plans to densify the city don't offer enough incentives to developers to come to town.
May 5, 2010, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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Planners are intent on creating mixed use urban villages centered around four new metro stations that are planned in Tysons Corner. Some say the plan will keep developers away from the area.

"Martin Walsh of the law firm Walsh Colucci, which represents a number of Tysons Corner landowners, said he thought the plan, as it stood, had too few incentives for developers and too many disincentives. "The disincentives do not exist elsewhere in Fairfax County," he said. The most significant among these, he said, was language asking for consolidated parcels of at least 20 acres for redevelopment, which county staff suggested in order to ensure the completion of a road grid and other goals of the plan. 'We believe it will inhibit the fulfillment of the vision for Tysons,' Walsh said, adding that he didn't think the requirement would help the development of a street grid."

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Published on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Great Falls Connection
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