The Future of Tysons Corner & The Dulles Corridor

With the Fairfax Board’s passing of the Tysons Corner land-use plan and zoning ordinance and with construction well underway on the Dulles Corridor Rail, the commercial real estate community is buzzing about development that will shape the region for decades. The area is expected to attract twice the jobs and five times the residents, thereby requiring new office, retail, residential, and other development.

That being said, there is an event in Tysons Corner on July 29 discussing the objectives of the Tysons and Dulles plans will materialize over the coming years. What are current thoughts & plans for development around planned rail stations? How will development differ between the Tysons area and government-owned land in the Dulles Corridor area? Will large urban mixed-use projects be seen through to completion amongst current financing constraints? How much retail will the area be able to sustain?


When: Thursday, July 29, 2010
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM    Breakfast & Schmooze
8:15 AM – 10:00 AM Program
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM            Bonus Schmooze

Where: The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA 22102 map

Ticket & Registration


Mark C. Lowham, Executive Vice President at WEST*GROUP

Mark is responsible for business development & sustainability efforts. WEST*GROUP has developed 13M SF of commercial, retail, & residential space, including 6.2M SF owned in Greater Washington. Recently, Mark was part of the WEST*GROUP development team for Park*Crest, a significant transit-oriented project in Tysons Corner with 1,354 mixed-use residential units including 6 high-rise towers, a section of loft units & a full-service grocery & retail complex. Previously, he co-founded RE development firm The Meridian Group, focusing on mixed-use projects, and was founding director of the Aviation Facilities Company, the US’s largest on-airport cargo facilities operator.

Patricia Nicoson, President of Dulles Corridor Rail Association

DCRA advocates rail in the Dulles Corridor, advises officials on transit-related issues & builds public support for the rail project. Patty’s over 30 years of experience as a land use & transportation planner, including a combined 22 as Senior Transportation Planner in Arlington County & DC, has seen her accomplish a lot, including: leading the North Quincy Street Extension in Arlington & the Barney Circle Freeway Extension in DC; initiating Downtown DC streetscape studies leading to the redevelopment of New York Ave.; and, bringing the Downtown Development District case before the DC Zoning Commission thereby implementing “Living Downtown” & the objectives of the DC Comprehensive Plan.

Pete Otteni, Vice President – Development at Boston Properties

Pete has managed or been directly involved with 3M SF of completed or in process office & retail development, including 2M SF in the Dulles Corridor. He has direct responsibility for all aspects of development projects throughout the greater DC region, including land acquisition, financing, entitlement, design, construction, & leasing. As a Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force member & due to Boston Properties’ major landholdings adjacent to METRO’s planned Silver Line Stations, he has close working knowledge of the METRO-related land planning processes in the Dulles Corridor.

Aaron Georgelas, Managing Partner at The Georgelas Group

The Georgelas Group has developed 3M SF throughout the world. A 3rd Generation Washingtonian with Mclean roots, Aaron manages the acquisition, entitlement, financing and development of the Group’s ambitious mixed-use & transit-oriented developments. Currently, he is focused on DC Metro region Transit Oriented Developments, including the Tysons Demonstration Project, a 28-acre residential, office and retail complex around the future Tysons West Metrorail station. Previously, he successfully led the first new mixed-use entitlement case under Arlington County’s Form Base Code. He also serves as Chairman of Tysons Tomorrow.

Beau Schweikert, CFO at Comstock Partners

Comstock Partners is a privately owned RE enterprise with a focus on urban, mixed-use and transit-oriented developments in NoVa. The principals are responsible for the development of thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of office and retail space in the DC region and elsewhere in the US. Currently, Comstock is developing Loudoun Station and Reston Station, a unique public/private partnership with Fairfax County, and is approved to deliver the Metro parking facility for the Wiehle Avenue station, along with office, residential, retail and a hotel.

Greg Riegle, Partner at McGuireWoods

Greg practices commercial RE law with a concentration in land use, zoning and redevelopment matters. He has substantial experience representing major land developers, owners, companies, institutions, lenders and landlords. He works closely with clients to conduct feasibility analysis, analyze development requirements, prepare necessary applications, and present such proposals before decision-making boards and commissions. The types of developments he has facilitated include office and industrial parks, shopping centers, regional shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, master planned communities, and elderly housing uses.

Doug Carter, Founding Principal at DCS Design

Having formed DCS back in 1968, Doug has had a hand in numerous buildings in NoVa. Doug’s resume includes the 1.2M SF master plan for the Loudoun Station mixed-use complex, Tysons West Redevelopment, the 1M SF Wiehle Avenue master plan, and other projects for Fortune 500 corporations, institutional, governmental and retail clients, and hospital and health care facilities throughout Europe and the US. His work has been featured in Architectural Record, Building Design, Design and Construction, Urban Design Institute Publications, Newsweek and Time. He is also a Design Review Board Member for Reston Town Center.


Mark Viani, Partner at McGuireWoods

Mark practices land use, real estate, environmental and municipal law in VA, MD and DC. He provides extensive services to clients throughout the DC Metro region who have encountered growth management and increasingly complex legislative and regulatory issues during all phases of the development process. He represents local and national retail, office, residential, industrial and mixed-use developers as well as financial, educational, medical and religious institutions. Mark is a LEED certified professional.

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