Merrifield: Area Information

Overview

Situated in the heart of Fairfax County, Merrifield is located between I-66 and Arlington Boulevard with easy access to I-495 and the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station. Its central location makes Merrifield an ideal place for a new town center that incorporates residential, retail, and office spaces into a unique mixed-use area that is attracting new residents and bringing economic benefits to the surrounding community. The planning of the new town center has resulted in improved connectivity among Merrifield's thoroughfares which is designed to reduce traffic congestion. The area around the Dunn-Loring Metro Station is also undergoing a major transformation. In accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and the Merrifield Urban Design Guidelines, new mixed-use developments have re-imagined the streets around the station in order to improve walkability and connectivity.

In 1998, the Board of Supervisors designated a portion of the Merrifield Suburban Center as a Commercial Revitalization Area (CRA). This designation helps the county fulfill its goal for Merrifield and the other community revitalization areas by focusing commercial development around activity centers. Merrifield's CRA designation assisted in the creation of Fairfax County's first Tax Increment Finance District, which was used to develop the town center through a successful public-private partnership.

A new vision set the stage for Merrifield's revitalization. The Greater Merrifield Business Association along with property owners worked with Fairfax County to define a vision for Merrifield that takes advantage of its location and emphasizes mixed-use development. The adopted Comprehensive Plan encourages a pedestrian-friendly, urban character for the area. Merrifield is now seeing this vision transforming the area into an active and vibrant district.

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