County representatives and private industry leaders joined the Tysons Partnership for a mobility and economic development “walkabout” on October 27th at The Boro in Tysons. Led by Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust — our designated “Tysons Walking Ambassador” — the group toured The Boro’s current 7-acre development, experiencing firsthand a significant delivery on a new model for mobility and walkability in Tysons.
Kicking off the walk, Supervisor Foust recalled his experience in the development of The Tysons Comprehensive Plan, which guides the implementation of all new development and transportation infrastructure stating, “There has never been a planning process like what we did for Tysons.”
Supervisor Foust went on to underscore the five-year collaborative effort among public and private stakeholders and members of the surrounding communities. He also recognized the leadership of Supervisor Walter Alcorn, representing the Hunter Mill District, who played an important leadership role in developing the Plan, and Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik. Both supervisors joined for portions of the tour.
Stan Wall, a partner at HR&A, briefed the group on some encouraging trends from the Tysons Partnership Market Study including touting the 39% population growth 2010-2018 [3x the regional rate]. Tysons’ walkability and multi-modal approach to urban design is attracting residents, workers and visitors. The same report noted that 66% of Tysons is benefiting from good transit along with escalated investment in mobility infrastructure, all of which supports the vision of a connected, walkable community. While there are signs of progress, all who joined in the walk recognized there are still challenges ahead to fully realize the vision for Tysons.
We want to give a shout out to Meridian for hosting the tour at the Boro and a special thank you to Caroline Flax, an associate at The Meridian Group, who provided details and insight about the development throughout the morning….as well as a delicious continental breakfast from the Paris Baguette!