An Oasis on 29?

When exiting the core of Reston Town Center, you notice that the surrounding area is well-planned and co-exists in harmony with the aesthetic of the landmark development. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Mosaic District complex in Fairfax/Merrifield. Situated on the corner of Route 29 and Gallows Road, this sparkling new development is an oasis built in the heart of an industrial wasteland; lined with auto-repair shops, home improvement stores and warehouses. We scoped out the place yesterday. While the urban complex has great potential with an eclectic tenant mix in cookie-cutter Northern Virginia, we found our exiting trip to be painful. The surrounding area needs a considerable amount of investment. Landscaping on Route 29 will require serious attention and some businesses may have to re-locate if Merrifield wants to be the next up-and-coming hot spot.