The ghost town known as Merrifield, Va has had months of construction on the old site of the Lee Highway Multiplex to bring stores, more stores, a new movie theater, and townhomes to what is now known as the Mosaic District. NYT spoke with reps from Fairfax County and every arm of the huge development team to find out all the forces that are making this come together. From a residential standpoint it has been a bigger success than they imagined since they've sold almost twice as many homes as they were expecting for this stage in the project. The biggest goal of the development is to make it walkable—think Reston Town Center or Mazza Gallerie—and they wanted to avoid traffic problems like a certain other Virginia shopping destination:
"To be more accessible to drivers than nearby Tysons Corner Center, a large regional mall with its own traffic problems, Edens specifically designed the district's parking for speedy entry and exit." With regards to Tysons a truer sentence has never been spoken.
· A Suburban Wasteland in Virginia Gets a Modern Urban Feel [NYT]
· Mosaic District [Official Site]