On May 19, the West Falls project broke ground and entered its first phase of development. West Falls, described as a “vibrant community coming to Falls Church” on the project website, will be a nearly 10-acre, mixed-use development near the West Falls Church Metro station.
The city of Falls Church has been planning the development project since 2015, after a 2013 boundary adjustment with Fairfax County added 34.6 acres to Falls Church. 24 of those acres are controlled by the Falls Church School Board, but the remainder belong to the city and will be developed into the community of West Falls.
West Falls is envisioned to include apartments, condominiums, senior living, hotel suites, medical offices, restaurants and shops, a grocery store, and The Commons, a central outdoor gathering space. Led by D.C. based real estate developer Hoffman & Associates and joined by real estate giant Trammell Crow Company, the project will be built on 10 acres of land formerly occupied by George Mason High School, located at Leesburg Pike and Haycock Road. According to the project website, the community is slated for completion in fall 2024.
The goal of this development project is to establish the community of West Falls as a gateway to the city of Falls Church. It is a transit oriented project intended to use West Falls to connect Falls Church and the Virginia Tech satellite campus to the existing West Falls Church Metro Station. New bike lanes and sidewalks will aim to create a walkable, pedestrian-oriented community, and outdoor gathering spaces will provide opportunities to bring people together and hold community events.
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