Talk to Tysons Developers, Planners Tonight
By Bobbi Bowman, The McLean Ear
MCLEAN, VA – If you want to know what’s going on at neighboring Tyson’s Corner and how much it may cost you, Ted Alexander urges you to drop by Marshall High School today around 7p.m.
Alexander is the chairman of the Tysons Corner committee for the McLean Citizens Association. He worked with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as they adopted the new plan that calls from transforming Tysons Corner into a city of about 100,000 in 40 years. The city will revolve around the four subway stations now under construction along Dolley Madison Blvd. and Route 7.
But adopting a plan to turn Tysons into a city was just the first step — the county now has to decide how to actually get that city built and who will build it. Plus who will pay for it — developers or taxpayers. Why do you care: McLean will become a suburb of Tysons.
McLean residents should “go and find out what’s going on with the applications (for new buildings), the process of implementation and funding or rezoning, ask county staff about what’s pending. You can ask the builders about what they want to build,” Alexander said. “I think they should to learn more about what impact this will have on average taxpayers.”
This is not the ordinary public hearing. This is an “open house.” There will be an array of tables in the Marshall High School cafeteria with county staff members, builders, developers. Residents can simply stop by a table and ask question.
Money, is key. What kind of private/ pubic partnership they the county put together to pay for the roads, sidewalks, schools, parks, playgrounds that are needs for interesting vibrant neighborhoods.
The county is exploring having taxpayers pay 58 of the infrastructure costs and the landowners/developers 42 percent.
Alexander and McLean Citizens Association want Fairfax county to use the same formula that as used to redevelopment Route 28 as a a high tech corridor: landowners would pay 75 percent of the costs. County taxpayers; 25 per cent.
This will be an open house to include information on;
-Recent development applications in Tysons (the applicants will be there to explain their proposals and answer questions from the community)
-Department of Transportation will provide info on a number of ongoing studies including;
-Dulles Toll Road Ramp Study
-Tysons Interim Parking Study
–Ongoing Tysons Bicycle Master Plan
-Tysons Grid and Circulator Studies
-Update on public facility planning and transportation funding
-First look at new Tysons website
Meeting Details: Monday, Dec. 6, 7pm – 9pm, George C. Marshall High School Cafeteria, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church