Mayor Speaks at Regional Conference to Promote City of Falls Church’s Business Interests
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 -- Mayor David Tarter of Falls Church spoke today at Bisnow’s “Fairfax County State of the Market – Big Developments in NOVA’s Largest County” breakfast forum at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel. Addressing hundreds of commercial real estate professionals, Mayor Tarter highlighted reasons for developers and businesses to invest in Falls Church. He said that the city’s great location, demographics, schools, neighborhoods, nimble government, and transit connections will assure the city of continued economic growth.
The mayor pointed to commercial development opportunities on ten acres at the George Mason High School campus site along I-66 and Leesburg Pike – land that may be available to strengthen the city’s taxbase when new school facilities replace aging, existing structures. A newly-opened super-flagship Harris Teeter grocery in a mixed use building at 301 W. Broad Street and a highly successful Hilton Garden Inn already are helping to revitalize downtown Falls Church, along with public investments in infrastructure, pedestrian and bike amenities, he said.
Another major mixed-use project, the Lincoln at Tinner Hill, is nearly completed, as is and the Kensington, an assisted living facility, the mayor also noted. Mason Row, the largest mixed-use project approved so far in the city, with a hotel, movie theater, retail and 300 apartments, is in the pipeline on four acres at a prominent city intersection.
“It was an honor to be invited to speak on the state of the City of Falls Church’s economic development market. While looking at greater Fairfax County, Bisnow recognized the importance of highlighting our smaller independent city to show growth, development, and business is thriving in our city and throughout the region,” Mayor Tarter said.
In addition to the mayor’s presentation, the event opened with remarks from Jerry Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and a panel featuring Albert “Sonny” Small, Jr., CEO of Renaissance Centro; Tony Womack, managing director with Tishman Speyer; Pete Otteni, senior vice president with Boston Properties; and Greg Trimmer, a principal with JBG Companies.