The Meridian Group and Kettler are developing The Boro, a premier, multi-phase development in Tysons that will offer a curated mix of residential, office, and retail space, which at full build-out will consist of more than 1,500 residential units, 1.8 million square feet of office, 316,000 square feet of retail, and 250,000 square feet of hotel space.
Just steps away from the Greensboro Metro Station along the new Silver Line, adjacent to Route 7, Westpark and Greensboro Drives, the innovative mixed-use residential, retail, entertainment, and office environment captures the spirit of a true downtown experience.
In its initial phase, approximately 700 luxury units across four buildings, as well as 223,000 square feet of destination retail and culinary attractions, will join the vibrant, ever-changing landscape of Tysons.
“After we closed our financing in the summer of last year, we are continuing with our construction activities,” says Caroline S. Flax, senior analyst with the Meridian Group. “On Boro Tower, a 437,000-square-foot trophy office building designed by Gensler, we are several floors out of the ground, and we are almost complete with the residential podium, and the three towers will become distinct soon. In the meantime, we are working on our retail and office leasing, bringing together the tenants that will build this neighborhood.”
The entire site is a walkable urban environment, creating a “live-work-play” neighborhood where one can walk from Greensboro Metro Station to their office, take a walk through the park and down Boro Place, all with street-activating retail. Employees could walk to work from their apartment, and grab coffee in the morning, and grab groceries on the way home, all without leaving the Boro.
In short, the Boro is a premier example of a new, urbanized Tysons.
“It orients activity around the Metro, creating a true mixed-use neighborhood in a typically office or residential market,” Flax says. “The Boro will be the go-to spot for tenants in the surrounding office areas to come and grab lunch or a beer after work, giving employees in the area more options and entertainment.”
The residences will be luxury units with a full-service amenity package, including a fitness center and rooftop decks.
Verse, the condo building, will have a 24-hour concierge, an entertainment lounge, reserved parking, and swimming pool.
“Sales begin for the condos in a few months,” Flax says. “All three residential projects will share a half-acre sky park that will have a central kitchen and bar, grills, outdoor space for lounging and dining, and fire pits. All the luxuries residents are looking for with spectacular views.”
Additionally, Boro Tower, a Gensler-designed office building, and a luxury, 15-screen ShowPlace ICON Theatre will overlook the expansive Boro Park, which will feature amphitheater seating, outdoor tables and chairs, and water features open to the public. It will be a central hub of the project, and between the park and Boro Place we will have the capacity to hold large-scale events that will bring activity to the project year-round.
Boro Tower will boast 9 to 10-foot ceiling heights, an expansive rooftop terrace and panoramic views from the Blue Ridge Mountains to downtown Washington.
Already announced, Tegna will be moving its headquarters and will lease the top floors of Boro Tower, approximately 46,205 of the building’s 440,000 square feet. The anchor tenant is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses, including 46 television stations, and G/O Digital.
Joining the arrivals will be a 70,000-square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market, the largest in the DC area.
“The neighborhood goes above and beyond in providing the life to the project,” Flax says. “With tenants like Alarm.com, M.C. Dean, and Booz Allen Hamilton—who already have a large presence in Tysons—all within walking distance, they will provide life to the project by taking advantage of our retailers during the day and once the work day is over.”
Aspects of the project will be open as early as later this year, with Whole Foods Market and ShowPlace ICON opening in summer 2019.
Flax notes that whether one craves streetscapes, pedestrian-friendly roadways, public green spaces, or a curated selection of first-class entertainment, dining, and shopping, they will find it all at The Boro.