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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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