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Falls Church Investing in Growth For Three Prominent Projects on One Site

Arlington’s neighbor on the Orange line has big plans to grow and is currently seeking development teams to assist in three different projects on one contiguous 34.6 acre piece of land in a key location.

The piece of land is bounded by West Broad Street, Haycock Road and Falls Church Drive, and includes the existing George Mason High School, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and a mulch facility. Up until a 2013 boundary adjustment, the land was located in Fairfax County but owned by the City of Falls Church.

The projects include building a new George Mason High, expanding Mary Ellen Henderson Middle, and developing 10.38 acres of mixed use office/retail/residential.

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A prior plan filed in February by the Urban Land Institute unveiled a vision to turn those same 10,38 acres into 130,000 sq. ft. of office and medical office, 500 apartments, 140 age restricted apartments, 80 for sale condos, a hotel with 110 rooms and a health club, movie theater, restaurants and retail stores.

Falls Church’s economic development director calls it a ‘gateway location for the city’. It sounds like Falls Church is getting a new urban town center as a downtown hub to go along with its new schools!

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