East Gate
Loudoun County, Virginia
East Gate, the gateway into southeast Loudoun County, is a 330-acre parcel that sits along U.S. Highway 50 (John Mosby Highway) and is located within minutes of Washington Dulles International Airport.  It is a thoughtfully designed mix of nonresidential and residential uses that will form a sustainable community in and around existing infill and by-right development.

Equinox played a vital role in the development of this unique community and provided key infrastructure components for the balance of what is now home to a 150,000 square foot Harris Teeter grocer-anchored retail center, and soon to be approximately 500,000 square feet of Class A office space, a full-service hotel and Montessori school.  Additionally, various regional and national home builders are in the process of developing approximately 1,000 single family, town home and condominium units in the East Gate community, which has been designed to follow traditional town planning principles.

The commercial aspect of this community will accommodate a mix of similar and compatible office-related business and commercial uses in conjunction with compatible residential components. This pedestrian-friendly environment will foster social interaction within the community by permitting residents and employees to walk within the community for their everyday needs. Each of these components has been designed to complement the other uses, and all are accessible to each other by an integrated pedestrian system and a vehicular roadway network.
East Gate Marketplace and Commerce Centers I, II and III, the commercial core of the East Gate Planning District, will incorporate architectural design guidelines along with pedestrian scale streetscapes and storefronts, comprehensive signage, naturalized buffers, as well as outdoor seating and landscaping.

One of East Gate's most significant contributions to Loudoun County has been its infrastructure improvements in the Dulles South region.  Proffered road improvements, including the 2-mile extension of Tall Cedars Parkway, now provide immediate access to the majority of neighborhoods in this area.
"This is a portion of Loudoun County and the
Dulles South region that has been held back
in the past by a lack of infrastructure and
multiple ownership among the parcels of land.
I think we're going to have an extremely
positive influence on how people develop
the remaining properties here."
- Scott Plein, Equinox Investments, LLC 
The Marketplace building is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is LEED Gold certified, with sustainable design elements that will allow energy savings of over 15 percent as compared to a conventional retail strip center. Additional features also include high performance building shell design, signature signage opportunity, excellent access and visibility to Route 50, immediate access to amenities and a park-like setting that lends to the environmentally friendly "walkable" feel of the dynamic East Gate community.