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Fairfax Supervisors Prepare For Public Hearing On Tysons Plan

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By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is preparing to take up a plan for the redevelopment of Tysons Corner.

The ambitious proposal took years to make it's way through committees, but there's still no guarantee of consensus among supervisors.

Supervisor Linda Smyth represents the Providence District, which includes much of Tysons Corner, she says the proposal approved by the planning commission last month is a great starting point.

"I am more hopeful about Tysons than I have ever been. I think we have the elements in here for the design, and the flexibility to work with developers, to get the very best that we can," says Smyth.

But Braddock District Supervisor John Cook says he needs more proof that the plan, which calls for $1.4 billion in transportation infrastructure, as well as new green building guidelines, won't scare developers away.

"I wonder what is the basis for recommending this design, when you have not determined whether or not people will actually build it," says Cook.

A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for June 22nd. If the board approves it, supervisors will have to decide how to fund it.

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