First Vertically Mixed-Use Building Planned for Northern Virginia

Once approved, the building will be the first vertically mixed-use building in the greater D.C. area, with the first two floors comprised of retail, followed by eight floors of office space and 12 floors of residential.

Liberty CenterBalston, Va.The Shooshan Company and Brandywine Realty Trust have submitted a site plan amendment to Arlington County for the final portion of their planned Liberty Center development in Balston, Va.

Once approved, the building will be the first vertically mixed-use building in the greater D.C. area, with the first two floors comprised of retail, followed by eight floors of office space and 12 floors of residential.

“The location is always paramount and the fact that this building is located in the heart of Balston, very close to the metro and the existing retail, makes it an attractive location,” Kevin Shooshan, Shooshan Company’s director of leasing, told MHN. “At the same time, this will be the tallest building in Balston, so the views from both the residential and office, will be unique to the entire market.”

Located at 404 Wilson Boulevard, the property will consist of 34,000 square feet of retail, 190,000 square feet of office and 244 residential units.

“The average unit size for the residential properties will be 700 square feet,” Shooshan said. “Because the office building will be at the base, there is an amenity deck on the 12th floor, where you transition from office to residential, and that will include a fitness center, a party room and some other things.”

The building will be the last phase of the 2.25-million-square-foot, mixed-use, LEED-Gold certified Liberty Center community. Comprised of eight separate buildings, Liberty Center is just steps away from the Ballston Metro and will be home to more than 5,000 people.

“This vertically mixed-use project reflects the new ways people, particularly millennials, are working and living today,” Shooshan said. “We have made a conscious decision to amend the building’s plan in order to provide a product that not only provides the most efficient square footage solution for tenants, but also the most efficient lifestyle for a community, company and employee base.”

Already set to come aboard is VIDA Fitness, which will occupy 30,000 square feet spanning from the second floor down to the B1 level of the building.

Liberty Center consists of office, residential, an extended-stay hotel, high-end restaurants such as three Mike Isabella concepts (Kapnos Taverna, Pepita and Yona), two Neighborhood Restaurant Group concepts (Rustico Restaurant & Bar and Buzz Bakery), as well as casual lunch spots, including Sweetgreen and Taylor Gourmet.

Shooshan has already completed construction of the five level, 550 space below grade parking garage, allowing the remainder of the building to be completed on an expedited schedule for new construction.