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Interim parking approved in Tysons

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved its first agreement for an interim commuter parking lot near the McLean Station on the new Silver Line.

The 711-space surface parking lot will be located off Va. 123 between Anderson Road and Colshire Boulevard. An existing vacant building on the site will be removed to make way for additional parking spaces.

Cityline Partners, which owns the property, has zoning approval to redevelop the property, known as Scotts Run Station South, with high-rise residential, office and retail buildings.

Under the interim agreement with the county, Cityline will operate the commuter parking lot and will be allowed to charge any fee it wants. It must be available for commuter parking from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, with additional hours of operation optional.

The agreement the board approved Tuesday lasts for 10 years. However, either party can terminate the agreement at any time with 60 days notice.

“This type of agreement is exactly what Dranesville residents need and what I have been calling for,” said Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) in a news release. “It will maximize Metro ridership but, equally important, interim parking will allow nearby residents to take advantage of Metro.

Foust said landowners near other Tysons Metro stations are considering similar agreements.

Planning Commission backs contentious school plan

Fairfax County planners have endorsed a new transportation plan for a private school in the Reston/Vienna area.

Oakcrest School, a girls school now located in McLean, secured zoning approval in 2010 to build a new campus near the intersection of Hunter Mill and Crowell roads.

The school is applying for a change in its traffic mitigation plans after it was unable to purchase all the land needed for the traffic improvements it originally agreed to. The rezoning approved in 2010 required Oakcrest School to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Hunter Mill and Crowell roads to accommodate traffic going to and from the school.

Oakcrest has been unable to acquire the land needed to build the roundabout, which required purchasing property from four different owners and applied to install a stoplight instead. The application also proposed removing an existing tree-lined berm along the edge of the property and moving the school’s entrance from Hunter Mill Road to Crowell Road.

At a public hearing last month, neighbors said the changes break the deal that led them to support the school’s development in the first place, expressing concerns about the Crowell Road entrance to the campus and removing screening now provided by the berm.

On Wednesday, the Planning Commission recommended approval of a revised plan that maintains most of the berm and requires an additional entrance on Hunter Mill once school enrollment reaches 315 students. It retains the traffic light.