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Sunday, April 20, 2014

More dining options planned for Skyline Center in Bailey's Crossroads

There are plans to modify Skyline 7, the office building at 5275 Leesburg Pike in the Skyline Center in Bailey’s Crossroads to accommodate three restaurants.

The leasing agreements haven’t been finalized, so the names of the restaurants can’t be announced yet, Brian Robinson, construction manager with Vornado/Charles E. Smith, told the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC) last week.

The restaurants could open this fall and are expected to attract diners from the surrounding area, as well as people who live and work at the Skyline Center. BC7RC President Brian van de Meulebroecke, a co-owner of Public House No. 7, called the proposal “a step in the right direction.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving to Skyline 7 in July from its current quarters in Ballston. The building has been mostly vacant since the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency moved out in 2011 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

The restaurants would be on the first floor, facing Leesburg Pike, said Sara Mariska, a land use attorney with Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh. The proposal involves changes to the building’s façade, streetscape improvements including space for outdoor dining, and minor changes in traffic flow. There are also plans to modify the basement level to accommodate a future fitness club.

The project won’t add any square feet to the five-story building or change the upper floors.

A rezoning proposal to allow non-office uses in the building is expected to go to the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in July.

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