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MCA Conditionally Supports Converge Proposal at West Falls Church

Paul M Kohlenberger | Published on 7/26/2023

On July 5, 3023, the MCA Board of Directors adopted a resolution on “Converge,” a plan to redevelop the remaining portion of the area surrounding the West Falls Church Metro-Station. The rezoning application was filed by Converge West Falls LLC, a real estate investment firm composed of Rushmark Properties and HITT Contracting. The proposal will replace the Northern Virginia Center, a Virginia Tech satellite campus, with a 15 story, 440-unit residential building and a six-story building containing the HITT Contracting company headquarters and a Virginia Tech laboratory for developing new building materials. The project will also include construction of a segment of West Falls Boulevard that will run between the two buildings to the Metro Station.

The resolution states that MCA’s approval of the project is conditioned upon the applicant changing four aspects of the proposal which have made it controversial with neighboring communities. The conditions include: (1) limiting the height of the residential building across from the Village community to 85 feet; (2) ensuring that any reductions in off-street multifamily parking will not result in overflow parking in neighboring areas; (3) that the proposed segment of West Falls Station Boulevard remain open during rush hours; and, (4) that the applicant proffer money for the Southbound-lane of Haycock Road to Shrive Road. Subsequent to adoption of the resolution, the applicant has told MCA that it has informed county staff of its intention to meet conditions three and four.