McLean Crossing developer returns to drawing board with new plans for retail and senior housing

A rendering of the McLean Crossing Project, as approved in 2013 (via County Fairfax)

A mixed-use project approved nearly a decade ago near the McLean metro station is back, increasing the number of sought-after retail businesses and potentially bringing in a much-desired sports field.

The Washington Business Journal reported Friday, December 10, that developer LCOR is revising its 21-acre McLean Crossing project, increasing its commercial component from 50,000 square feet approved in 2013 to potentially three times that amount.

“LCOR anticipates that we will be able to advance our next phase of projects at the end of 2023,” LCOR Senior Vice President Josh White said in an email to Tysons Reporter, stating that the ” renewed vision “includes a variety of uses to” establish a true neighborhood vibe in an identity-seeking submarket, of which commerce is a major component.

Located along Anderson Road at the intersection of Chain Bridge Road, the project was envisioned in 2013 as a redevelopment of the Commons of McLean Apartments, but only one of the seven planned buildings has been constructed to date: the Kingston luxury, which was completed in 2018.

The plan called for buildings ranging from six to 22 stories with 2,571 residential units, as well as shops and two blocks dedicated to parks.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the project on June 4, 2013, on condition that the developer create a proposed sports field by December 31, 2035 near the McLean metro station, which opened in 2014. .

At the time, the field was the main point of contention between LCOR and the county, with Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust calling its expected delivery schedule bad.

The McLean Citizens Association has supported the proposed redevelopment, but on the condition that the sports field is built by the end of 2025 and more retail space is provided. Mark Zetts, then co-chair of the MCA planning committee, was the only speaker at the public hearing.

“We were very reluctant to accept the date of 2035,” G. Evan Pritchard, lawyer for the developer, told the board of directors, citing market conditions and other factors, from building demolitions to additions to the street network. .

Now the developer says he thinks the previous plan should be overhauled. A new concept plan could come to fruition before the county next year, according to the WBJ.

As Kingston, LCOR’s first residential development at McLean Crossing, was delivering, LCOR reassessed the Tysons / McLean market conditions, reviewed other successful mixed-use projects in the area, and ultimately concluded it was necessary to revise the 2013 master plan to create a sense of ownership, ”White wrote.

LCOR is also incorporating a new business partner, “Monarch Communities, which will build a 210-unit senior housing tower in the development,” the Washington Business Journal reported.

According to the article :

About 120 of the senior units will be independent living apartments, with around 60 other assisted living units and 30 memory care units, all of which vary widely in size from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. .

“McLean Crossing will not only create a neighborhood hub for Tysons East, but also a new downtown for McLean, given its proximity and accessibility,” White said. “Retail within McLean Crossing will serve the neighborhood and should be a thoughtful mix of food and drink, non-alcoholic products, etc.”

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