Springfield: Area Information
The Springfield Commercial Revitalization District (CRD) contains a variety of retail, office, and residential activities located just south of the I-495 and I-95 interchange. The presence of the rebuilt I-95 interchange with redesigned travel ramps, and the location of Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express commuter rail at the Franconia-Springfield Transit Station provide the Springfield CRD with considerable advantages with respect to location and regional transportation access. Together, the Springfield CRD and the Franconia-Springfield Transit Station Area serve as Springfield's two major employment and retail centers.
The Greater Springfield/Franconia area is the largest industrial-flex market in the County with more than 10.7 million square feet of space. Additionally, more than 4.2 million square feet of office space, and 5.3 million square feet of retail space, including the Springfield Town Center, is located in the Greater Springfield Area, with tremendous influence on and opportunity for the Springfield CRD.
A vision for a walkable, well connected urban village for the Springfield CRD was established in the "Springfield Connectivity Study" and the Springfield Connectivity Plan Amendment was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2010. This vision included changing land uses and creating a higher intensity of uses within the CRD to spur redevelopment. New development should be supported by transportation infrastructure improvements and guided by high quality urban design, streetscape, and placemaking.
New Development Spurs Springfield CRD Opportunities
- Redevelopment of the Springfield Mall by the Pennsylvania REIT into the Springfield Town Center strengthened the overall viability of Greater Springfield. Future phases will result in a pedestrian oriented mixed use town center development that should be a catalyst for similar designs and projects in the Springfield CRD. Future development will include in excess of 1 million square feet of new office space, up to 2,700 residential units, a 225-room hotel, and additional service retail, restaurants and cafes.
- The BRAC action related to Fort Belvoir has added approximately 13,000 employees to Fairfax County. New construction at the EPG for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and a new community hospital on Fort Belvoir are key components of this expansion. Both projects will likely encourage redevelopment within the Springfield CRD.