The first stores in the new Mosaic District in Merrifield are set to open in October 2012, says Amy Hibler, regional marketing director for Edens and Avant, which is developing the 31-acre mixed used project.
A key element of the project will be the Angelika Film Center, with eight movie screens. This chain, which originated in New York City’s SOHO area, offers a heavy dose of independent and art movies, along with more mainstream fare.
Retail and dining establishments already lined up include Target, MOM’s Organic Market, Black’s Restaurant, Taylor Gourmet, Matchbox Restaurant, Cava Mezze Grill, Cyclone Anaya’s (a Mexican restaurant from Texas), and Red ApronButchery.
The project includes new traffic patterns. A new District Avenue will be parallel to Gallows Road. Eskridge Road will connect to Lee Highway and later will extend from Route 50 to the Dunn Loring Metro station.
The retail will be at street level, with office space on the upper levels. There will be wide sidewalks and outdoor dining. “You’ll feel very much like you’re walking along an urban street,” Hibler says.
Edens and Avant is working with Avalon Bay on the multifamily housing units, and it hasn’t been determined yet whether they will be condos or apartments. EYA is developing what Hibler calls “luxury urban townhomes.” The office space hasn’t been leased yet.