'Transforming Tysons' Open House Offers Residents Glimpse Into Future | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

'Transforming Tysons' Open House Offers Residents Glimpse Into Future

Play associated audio

In Virginia, the plan to transform Tysons Corner is slowly moving forward. Monday night, some local residents got their first glimpse of what the transformation will look like.

More than 100 residents made their way around the cafeteria at Marshall High School, where renderings of seven of the first projects proposed under the new Tysons Corner building guidelines were on display.

Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was pleased with the turnout and the mixed-use building proposals.

"The buildings are vertical," she says. "That's something different for a lot of folks in Fairfax County."

Many residents say they were impressed by what the future of Tysons could look like, but some also expressed doubts about the changes.

John McNicholas was worried there won't be enough parking for all the new people and was also concerned about a planned office building that would displace his favorite restaurant: Clyde's.

"That concerns me because that's my neighborhood [place to] go to get a drink or a sandwich," he says.

Clyde's Restaurant Group says it has no plans to close its Tysons location.

The estimated completion date for the first of these projects is late 2013 or early 2014. That's also when the first metrorail trains will be rolling through Tysons.

NPR

Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we've decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about the people out there in the world who have his name, but reversed.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.