Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Reserve at Tinner Hill Falls Church

Our second featured development project is The Reserve at Tinner Hill. Located right off of Lee Highway on the border between Falls Church (Fairfax County) and the City of Falls Church.

Tinner Hill is marketed as a high end luxury apartment building that will feature 224 units and 521 parking spaces on top of 46,000sf of retail. 24,000sf of the included retail has already been leased to The Fresh Market a high end grocery store that is looking to expand its market in Northern Virginia. The chain already has locations locally in Vienna and Alexandria.

This project shows off a great mix of uses as well as demonstrating how transit is not always essential in order to build a development that maximizes the uses of the surrounding area. The development does not sit adjacent to a metro station but is fairly close to three stations along the Orange line (East Falls Church, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church).  While this project might not have the privilege of being metro accessible the benefits are notable. With the addition of this project the rapidly urbanizing area of Falls Church will continue to add ground floor retail which in-turn enhances pedestrian activity and triggers additional development in the surrounding areas. Additionally the City of Falls Church expects to generate between $600,000-$1,200,000 in revenue from this project . 

Photo courtesy of: NVRetail 

My only qualm with this project is that there is an eerily similar development (which I will profile in a future post) occurring less than a half a mile away on West Broad Street in the City of Falls Church. Like Tinner Hill this project also includes a grocery store as well as approximately 225 luxury units. However given the proximity of these two projects I believe the benefits of increased urbanism will far outweigh any potential negatives that come by having two mixed use buildings that are both anchored by grocery stores within such a short distance of one another.
Completed adjacent development 

The Reserve at Tinner Hill is scheduled for completion sometime during the 4th quarter of 2015 or the first quarter of 2016. The building will be built to LEED Silver certified standards.

Below are additional construction photos as well as a link to a promotional brochure from NVRetail.

Tinner Hill leasing brochure

Lee highway entrance 
Early foundation work

Rendering of competed project.


  1. I don't understand the potential problem of having similar projects a half mile away with grocery stores.
    Please explain

  2. Over-saturation of grocery stores might be the only potential problem (high end grocery stores at that). But as I stated I don't think it will be that big of an issue. Pluses outweigh minus in my opinion.