Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halstead Square Dunn Loring

After the completion of its previous phases Halstead Square is currently going full steam ahead with the last phase of its project near the Dunn Loring Metro Station.  To say this location is ideal is an understatement as the project sits near the triangle border of Vienna, Fairfax and Falls Church and also has easy access to the Beltway, I66 and the Orange line. 

In large part the project is already a success with retailers that currently include: Blackfinn Ameripub, Dunkin' Donuts, Passion Finn, Ovio, Jimmy Johns, Dickey's BBQ, Crave  Frozen Yogurt and a soon to open California Tortilla. Adding retail to their existing phases was essential, as currently there really is nowhere for people coming off the Metro to go for a quick bite, drink or sit down dinner (Although this will soon change with the JBG project directly adjacent to the Dunn Loring Station). The project is already well on its way in becoming an established neighborhood, one that is filled with life on the street level and residential above. The final phase will bring an additional 200 units plus 4,869sf of retail to the site by the summer of 2015. However, by the looks of it I would not be surprised if the project is delivered early.

View from Gallows road 
Once this final phase is completed the entire project will feature a total of 1,025 units and 54,869sf of retail. But, what is most important is that this final phase essentially completes a parcel that is part of the greater Dunn Loring Metro area. This is critical because (as a whole) it fundamentally creates one of the largest pedestrian friendly areas in all of Fairfax County. The potential pedestrian atmosphere that this entire area will eventually contain is only rivaled by that of Reston Town Center and the Mosaic District down the street. Additionally this is the only one of the three that is currently served by Metro. 

With the Mosaic District in such close proximity I see development occurring up and down Gallows Road in the coming decades. Linking the neighborhoods around the Metro to that of the Mosaic District will perhaps provide a miniature model for the type of future growth that Fairfax County is seeking to implement in Tysons Corner.

Attached is a promotional brochure provided by Street Sense.

Final phase under construction 

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