By James David
What it means to be “suburban” is changing. Workers can now find the walkable urban environment they desire in the suburban areas of the D.C. region.
Recruiting the modern workforce involves offering more than just competitive wages and benefits; business owners are seeking office locations that are amenity-rich, walkable, and in close proximity to multiple transportation options to attract talent.
The suburbs of D.C. are capitalizing on this trend by offering new mixed-use environments near the expanding Metro line. Loudoun County is poised to capture its share of this suburban office renaissance.
As a panel member at a recent Urban Land Institute event, I shared that Loudoun is working to update our regulatory framework from the big picture visioning documents to the more technical zoning codes and street standards, so that a more urban and flexible model of placemaking can happen near Metro.
In what we call the Silver Line Planning Area, which is a little more than a mile buffer around the future Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway stations, about 5.9 million square feet of high-density office development is projected from 2015 to 2040, which will be complemented by 8.1 million square feet of other nonresidential services in close proximity.
What sets Loudoun apart from other burgeoning office developments in the D.C. region is that we have greenfield near our Metro stations that offer build-to-suit Loudoun possibilities. An innovative urban suburban experience is on the rise just 25 miles west of Washington, D.C.
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