Businesses anticipate delayed Silver Line

(WJLA) - The construction cranes that dot the Tysons Corner skyline are a clear sign of big things ahead. But so many of those things are on hold now because of the Silver Line delays.

Tysons Partnerships, a group of stakeholders, says this will be America’s next great city – with plenty of mixed-use high-rises – once things get moving on the Line.

"It's essentially a hiccup in the big scheme of things; when you're talking about a 35-year plan, a six-month delay is aggravating, but it's not a game changer," said the partnership's Executive Director, Michael Caplin.

There was so much anticipation for the new line that the group had a welcome party planned for next week, but it has been cancelled. A bigger, two-day festival set for next month celebrating the Metro’s arrival will go on as planned – but it looks like people will have to drive to the event.

With no timetable for when the first phase of the Silver Line will be complete, the only thing developing here now is frustration. Several companies have since postponed plans to move into Tysons because of the delay, leaving occupancy at 16-percent in most buildings.

And many businesses that moved here on the premise of additional customers from the Silver Line still wait with anticipation for a business boom:

“On the weekends our business is not as good, and when we have the metro open we will have plenty of clientele here," said Superchicken owner, Mirian Giorano.