MCLEAN, VA—The staff of Fairfax County hasgiven its endorsement to a plan by partners KettlerInc. and PS Business Parks to raze the7915 Jones Beach Drive office building here and replace it with alarger residential property.


The plan calls for the redevelopment of 7915 Jones Branch Drive,a 135,000-square-foot, six-story office at the West-Park OfficePark, known as the Amherst. If all approvals aresecured, the building will be replaced with a five- to seven-story,450,000-square-foot residential building and limited ground-floorretail.


The building is located on nearly six acres and about ahalf-mile from the Greensboro and Tysons Corner Metro stations.Fairfax County staff termed the plan a "good example of aresidential urban building" and stated that it deserves approval. APlanning Commission hearing on the project is scheduled for Oct.29.


PS Business Parks of Glendale, CA acquired the Amherst inDecember 2010 as part of an all-cash $140-million deal thatincluded six other West-Park properties, which are all expected tobe the focus of redevelopment plans in the future. See story in theWashington Business Journal.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.