FROM WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL
Vornado Realty Trust has landed its first restaurant for the soon-to-be-tweaked future home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it involves neither fish nor wildlife.
Buffalo Wild Wings has just signed a lease for 6,900 square feet at Seven Skyline Place, a 409,800-square-foot office building at 5275 Leesburg Pike in Baileys Crossroads. It is the first of several non-office users that are expected to lease ground-floor space in the five-story building known as "Sky 7," once the facade is improved with larger windows and additional entrances, and the exterior is given a more patio-type feel with new pavers (for outdoor dining).
“Buffalo Wild Wings is a terrific restaurant concept and will be great new amenity for Skyline and the neighborhood," said Jim Creedon, Vornado's executive vice president for leasing.
The General Services Administration struck a deal with Vornado last September to move Fish and Wildlife’s 800 employees from Ballston into 183,000 square feet at Sky 7. The relocation is expected to take place this summer.
Vornado's proposal to modify the Skyline site plan to allow for upward of 35,000 square feet of retail and restaurants on the ground floor, and a nearly 30,000-square-foot health club in the cellar, has received a thumbs up from Fairfax County planners. It has a date with the Planning Commission Thursday, and the Board of Supervisors on July 29.
Per the county staff report, Vornado's proposal "enhances the livelihood of existing and surrounding office and residential uses, as well as the Leesburg Pike frontage," while enlivening the streetscape and encouraging pedestrian activity.
The Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to open in early 2015.