The Fairfax Center/Oakton submarket is centrally located in Fairfax County and straddles Interstate 66 from Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) west to Stringfellow Road. Commercial development is concentrated in three nodes along I-66 at Chain Bridge Road, U.S. Route 50 and the Fairfax County Parkway.
The Fairfax Center area is the result of a comprehensive planning process initiated by Fairfax County in 1980 to accommodate not only westward growth, but also in anticipation of the relocation of the Fairfax County Government Center to this area from the City of Fairfax.
This submarket is one of the five largest office submarkets in Fairfax County with nearly 9.9 million square feet of office development, most of which is located in Fair Lakes. The Fair Lakes development is a 650-acre mixed-use project containing office, retail and residential uses in a wooded setting. In Oakton, the primary office park is Flint Hill. In general, office development in the submarket is a mix of low-, mid-, and high-rise structures with primarily surface parking.
Fairfax Center also contains one of the largest concentrations of retail development in the county with almost 5.8 million square feet. It is home to Fair Oaks Mall, a 1.6 million-square-foot mall; Fair Lakes Center, an 850,000;square-foot center; and Fairfax Corner, a “Main Street” mixed-use project. The area also is home to 10 hotels with more than 1,600 rooms.
Major employers include AT&T, CGI, Fairfax County Government, General Dynamics, ManTech, the National Rifle Association, Northrop Grumman and SRA International.