Merrifield Makeover Coming Together

Construction well under way on urban district near Dunn Loring Metro

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    For years Fairfax County’s Merrifield area has been known for its sometimes gridlocked intersections and its hundreds of small businesses and industrial style warehouse.

    But in 2002, the county approved a redevelopment plan for a town center to make better use of a location just blocks from the Dunn Loring Metro. Edens, the developer, has created what it calls the Mosaic urban district.

    Currently under construction are a hotel, office space and a shopping area that will eventually have as many as 100 stores and restaurants. Already on board are Target, anthropologie and a Nieman Studio concept store. The Angelica Theatre will bring art house movie fare. New town homes are selling fast.

    Developer said it will not be a mini Tysons Corner.

    And at the Dunn Loring Metro Station, a partnership between Metro and another developer will bring 628 high-end apartments, a Harris Teeter and a new Metro parking garage. More new residential units are popping up along Gallows Road. Improvements to both Gallows and Lee Highway soon will be complete to end the gridlock.