TYSONS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the largest residential project in Tysons on Tuesday.

With up to 2,571 apartments in seven high-rises, the Commons will offer seven times more apartments than it does today at a more affordable price.

Developer LCOR is approved to build up to 2.62 million square feet, transforming the almost 21-acre site to an almost purely residential area. The majority of the development will be a quarter to a third of a mile from the future McLean Metro Station.

"The first building will be composed of three segments in a "U" shape, and they will rise in height from 10 to 15 stories. Four of the existing garden-style apartments will be torn down, along with part of the parking lot, to make room for this first building. LCOR also will install a temporary 1.5-acre open space that will include a trail to the McLean Metro Station," Fairfax County officials said in a news release.

The plan is part of the strategy to transform Tysons into a green, walkable urban center where people live, work, shop and play.

"By 2050, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs," Fairfax County officials said.

The Commons will include parks, universal design features, green buildings, workforce housing and bike facilities.

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