West Falls Development Project

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Project Status

A Special Exception Entitlement application 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 August 9, 2021, two new applications submitted by the developers were approved by City Council:

  • Special Exception Entitlement Amendment
  • Special Exception Site Plan (SESP) for Phase 1

The City will continue to coordinate with the Falls Church City Public Schools during construction of the development project, which 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.

About the Proposed Development

  • The project will serve as a gateway to the City, instilling a sense of place through the use of high quality urban design, including a thoughtful interface with the adjacent schools
  • Environmental Sustainability with LEED ND Gold v4 (or equivalent) at the neighborhood level, LEED-BD+C Core and Shell Gold v4 (or equivalent) for the office component, LEED-NC v4 Gold, LEED-Multifamily Mid-Rise v4 (or equivalent) for the residential and senior housing components, and LEED-NC Silver v4 (or equivalent) for the hotel component.
  • Pedestrian-oriented streets and easy pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile access to the site
  • Parking garages with spaces for offices, apartment and condominium residents, and hotel and retail visitors, and special event parking for schools.
  • Approximately 215 units of senior housing to allow residents to age in place within the City.
  • Approximately 326,100 square feet of Class A commercial office space in phase 1 and 2.
  • Approximately 247 units of for sale condominiums and approximately 400 units of multi-family traditional and “micro” apartments.
  • Affordable Dwelling Units equal to 6% of the total number of dwelling units (rental and condominiums)
  • Affordable Dwelling monetary contribution for senior housing component of $228,412 annually with 3% annual escalation
  • Large central open space to serve as a gathering place and venue for community events.
  • Approximately 142,100 square feet of retail uses including a potential 40,000 square foot grocer.
  • Approximately 14,000 square feet programmable civic space which includes approximately 3,000 square feet of event space/conference center, 4,000 gross square feet of outdoor space in the Commons that can be used for music/entertainment, and an additional 7,000 gross square feet occupied by performing arts/education studio or school use.
  • An extended stay hotel with approximately 146 rooms.
  • Learn more about the public-private partnership here.

Public Input

For questions or comments please contact these City employees:

Special Exception Entitlement - Amendment and Special Exception Site Plan - Phase 1 (Fourth Submission, July 9, 2021)

Upcoming and Recent Meetings

NOTICE: Until further notice, public meetings will be held pursuant to and in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Section 2.2-3708.2 and state and local legislation adopted to allow for continued government operation during the COVID-19 declared emergency. All participating members of the applicable public body will be present at meetings through electronic means; and all members of the public are welcome to view the meeting at meeting specific links provided in the meeting agenda, and on FCCTV (Cox 11, RCN 2, Verizon 35). Public comments will be accepted electronically and may be submitted to meeting specific emails provided in the agenda.

Meeting DateMeeting Type
August 2, 2021
City Council Work Session
August 4, 2021
Planning Commission Recommendation Hearing on Additional Senior Housing GSF Request
August 9, 2021
City Council Final Action Hearing on SEE-Amendment/SESP-Phase 1 and Land Acquisition Request
January 10, 2022City Council Public Hearing on proposed street names - Item 14(a)(2)

Comments may always be submitted to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office.

Find past meeting information here. More meeting announcements and public comment opportunities will be posted here.

WFC Map Updated June 15