At the December 14 City Council meeting, this PowerPoint presentation was shared. It shows the highlights of changes to the project's Comprehensive Agreement, as proposed by the developer, Falls Church Gateway Partners (FCGP).
"The pandemic has caused a constriction in commercial real estate markets for new investments in hotel, office, and retail," said City Manager Wyatt Shields at the meeting. "The developer, Falls Church Gateway Partners, requests changes to terms of the Comprehensive Agreement in order to be able proceed with obtaining financing for the project."
What Stays the Same with the Amendments
What Changes with the Amendments
Conditions of the Amendments
The amendments would be subject to certain conditions:
A Special Exception Entitlement application was submitted on February 4, 2019. After months of public review and revisions, the final development proposal was approved by the City Council on July 8, 2019. The approved SEE depicts the site layout, building heights, and general uses for the project.
On June 10, 2020, two new applications were submitted by the developers, which will undergo a similar City review process as the SEE:
These applications were reviewed by city staff, City Council, Planning Commission, and other city boards and commissions, and community organizations. Comments were provided to FCGP and a resubmission was received on January 19, 2021.
The City will continue to coordinate with the Falls Church City Public Schools during the construction of the new George Mason High School. This development project is meant to complement the high school and middle school campus.
The City will also continue to coordinate with the potential Virginia Tech and WMATA redevelopment which is located immediately adjacent to the development.
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|Meeting Date||Meeting Type|
|Tuesday, March 2|
Noon to 1:30pm
|Virtual Town Hall|
MS Teams Virtual Meeting Link
|Wednesday, March 17|
|Planning Commission Work Session|
|Tuesday, March 23|
|School Board Work Session|
|Tuesday, April 6|
|Economic Development Authority Meeting|
|Wednesday, April 7|
|Planning Commission Recommendation Hearing www.fallschurchva.gov/PC|
|Monday, April 19|
|City Council Work Session (tentative)|
|Monday, May 10|
|City Council Action Hearing (tentative)|
Comments may always be submitted to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office.
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