THE COMMONS TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Tyson’s Corner, Virginia
DPZ’s Master Plan for The Commons at Tyson’s Corner is the first project within this intensely built-up “edge city” of Washington, DC, to embrace a non- suburban model of development. The elements of urbanism designed into the plan address the future evolution of the Tyson’s area into a sustainable model for growth.
The critical design achievement at The Commons is the provision of a density level that can accommodate transit ridership for long commutes, as well as sup- port mixed-use to encourage pedestrian trips for daily needs. The future success of Tyson’s will rest on the ability of development to be auto independent.
The building types and densities of The Commons provide a large ridership potential within 10-minute walk to a planned transit station. In addition, retail and commercial uses in the development and adjacent to the property allow residents the option other than the car to satisfy daily needs.
As with all high-density master plans developed by Duany Plater-Zyberk, the building types employed in the plan support the transit and density level goals of the program. Parking on street is used to supplement off-street structured parking, in addition to the benefit provided to pedestrians by slowing car speed and creating a barrier to moving traffic.
People are encouraged to walk by activating the street frontages of the plan with mixed use and interesting architecture. The design intentionally emulates the great neighborhoods of Washington, DC.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY