By: Michael Neibauer
The master developer behind the soon-to-be transit-oriented Dulles Station is looking to mix it up.
Middleburg-based Crimson Partners is proposing to replace at least one — and possibly two — planned 12-story office buildings on either side of Dulles Station Boulevard with a pair of apartment buildings it is calling "Makers Rise."
The mid-rise residential, designed by Design Collective Inc., would bring up to 866 new multifamily units to Dulles Station, plus retail and maker spaces — "flexible work spaces that encourage the creation of creative products and ideas," according to the developer's proposal — a pedestrian mews, courtyards and traditional apartment amenities such as a rooftop pool and outdoor grills.
The 4-acre site, just south of Sunrise Valley Drive near the Dulles Station entrance, is within a quarter of a mile of the Silver Line Innovation Center Metro station, scheduled to open in 2020.
The 63-acre Dulles Station, carved out of the 300-acre Arrowhead Farm originally owned by Committee for Dulles founding member Hal Launders, was zoned in 1974 and five of its six approved residential buildings have already been constructed. The sixth apartment building is under construction.
All that's left, for the most part, is office. More residential, according to the developer's application, "positively contributes to the desired jobs/housing balance envisioned for the area generally proximate to the rail station."
The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to review the proposal on Nov. 2. No date with the Board of Supervisors has been scheduled.
Dulles Station is currently entitled for 2.7 million square feet including 1,095 apartments, two hotels (already constructed), 1.5 million square feet of office space and 56,000 square feet of retail and restaurants.
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