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Developer Plans Mid-Rise by Reston Station

Veatch wants to rezone Reston Mini Storage land into 421 apartments.

A Reston developer has refiled plans for rezoning property next to Metro's Wiehle Station in the hopes of constructing a mid-rise, mixed-use building.

Charles Veatch, one of the original developers of Reston, envisions 421 rental residential units and up to 10,000 square feet of retail space on 3.8 acres at   11401 thru 11411 Sunset Hills Rd., directly adjacent to Reston Station.

Reston Station is currently being developed by Comstock. Reston Station will be a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use development that will be atop the seven-level underground parking garage at Wiehle.

Veatch says the original plan for the parcels — which he is seeking to rezone from industrial to to Planned Mixed-Use Residential (PRM) — was filed more than two years ago and featured an office building.

"That plan was filed before Comstock had the access and road structure figured out," said Veatch. "That is now resolved."

The land currently is home to Veatch is teaming with Bozzuto Development on the project. Another company, Section 913, has put plans for an adjacent office building on hold but intends to develop it in the future, according to county documents.

The area bordering the Dulles Toll Road wass, which were vacated in January 2011.

Next step: Fairfax County Planning and Zoning will examine the plans and issue a staff report with its comments.

Tammi Petrine August 25, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Has anyone seen the plans for Mr. Veatch's development? Fingers crossed that its architecture is classy, street friendly so pedestrians will want to walk by (read interesting, interactive buildings), and environmentally sustainable. The architectural disaster that is Comstock's Reston Station needs to be surrounded by development that exudes the finest that smart minds can muster. One can only pray that by the time Comstock actually builds on top of the garage, they will reconsider and redesign truly remarkably pleasant buildings. Hopefully all of the new development in the Reston’s TOD (Transit Oriented Development)/Dulles Corridor will solicit pride vs. scorn from experts and the Reston Community. How will this be achieved with no architectural review mechanism for the TOD? I think this is a critical issue for the future of Reston.
Kathy August 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Haven't seen the current plans, but the previous one was for 500 units with parking levels the first few floors. Not street friendly--blank walls on pedestrian level. Open space was provided only by narrow, deep wells down into the structure. In old New York City, such structures had fire escapes down the walls of those wells. No architectural review now in the RCIG except by Fairfax County who brought you beautiful Route 1. Dissolving the RCIG deed was a blunder we will suffer from for years to come. You can pop over to Zoning Evaluation in the Herrity Building and ask to see the CDP/FDP. Maybe the current plan is nice. No way to tell without looking.
Ray Wedell August 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Get used to stories like this. There will be a dash to "redevelop" with the subway as the stated need to do so. Some plans may make sense; most won't. The money and influence will be flowing freely. Let's all keep one thing in mind: development does not necessarily indicate progress. A lousy plan, once implemented, cannot be undone. And anyone questioning a given plan likely will be branded as "anti-progress", "anti-development", "non-visionary", or "afraid of the inevitable future growth". As Kathy points out, the power to make permanent changes is in the hands of the very few. The process makes it very difficult for citizens to have any real input, and many of those in charge do not want you to have real input. As I stated in a previous blog, this subway could be a runaway train for the asthetics and life style of Reston, if we are not careful.
Ken Fredgren August 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I am a Kaiser Permanente member. If one follows the driveway a few feet past the Mini Storage location, there's the Reston KP building. So, I am very familiar with the site. As I read the description above, it sounds like forcing a size 10 foot into a size 9 shoe. What is going on here? No matter how attractive the architecture might be, it would be an unfriendly fit practically and aesthetically. There is clearly no end to greed in our country, but I expect better from Reston. Why would we do this to ourselves?
Terry Maynard August 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Tammi--A Veatch representative presented a concept to the Reston Task Force about a year ago for its info. It was just about as Kathy has described it: a border-to-border block with apts. over parking and NO architectural or environmental redeeming value. The only good news is that it is close to the Wiehle Metro. Considering it is being put together by a Reston founder, it absolutely violates what Reston has stood for since its inception. It is pretty much a Texas donut--without the hole--as I recall.
RKO August 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
It's unfortunate when you watch a show like "The Ed Show" on MSNBC TV and see him bring in guests that are battling corrupt big business, fighting for the rights of those being taken advantage of, and fighting for teachers, firemen, and policemen. It's usually (but not always) Democrats doing the battling on behalf of the residents. ....and then ya come to Fairfax County. What do you see? Money grubbing developers that just don't have enough, and "Democratic" (or at least that's the party they used to get into office) representatives shafting the people to make sure the rich get even richer. What a sorry, sorry statement. Cathy Hudgins - You should be ashamed of yourself!
Tammi Petrine August 26, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Chuck Veatch has a reputation for being an environmentalist & a genuine, caring person. I would like to think that he, above others developers, is not so wedded to the almighty dollar that he would foist a monstrosity a la Comstock Reston Station on our community. We have learned recently that we can not depend on our Reston representative of the county P & Z Commission to intelligently represent us. (In approving the 23 story Whelan design in north Town Center, he has proved that he has not the most basic of understanding of the newest iteration of the Reston Master Plan developed by the Task Force of which HE is a member.) We have also experienced a lot of disappointment from our supervisor who failed to demand a thorough, researched analysis of the DTR toll structure BEFORE enthusiastically endorsing the MWAA Silver Line financing plan for BOTH Phases 1 & 2. Lacking same, Reston is left vulnerable to disastrous side affects which will begin Jan. 1, 2013 when tolls begin to escalate and will continue doing so for the next 40 YEARS. Who is supposed to protect and champion the best interests of ALL of US in the Reston Community? Mr. Veatch, we are excited by the prospect of a vital, robust TOD corridor that will house residents who will rely on Metro for their transportation needs and who will enhance and enjoy the place we all love… The Reston that is beautiful, environmentally rich and well designed. Please don't let us down.
Susan August 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I think your comment to Cathy Hudgins is just so uncalled for. And so not what this thread is about. If you look at Supervisor Hudgins' record, you will see that she most certainly is not "shafting the people" as you put it. And it's not one person that makes this site warrant DISCUSSION.
The Convict August 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yeah, but in the end, Susan, she'll vote for it if she can sneak in some "affordable" units and won't take too much political flack for it.
The Convict August 27, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Speak for yourself, Petrine. "We" does not include me. I do not need nor want more development in Reston. Reston has been over-developed as it is.
Lilguy August 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Just to keep the record straight: As of her last BOS re-election, Supr. Hudgins had voted against a proposed developed ONCE in some 800 such votes during her tenure.
The BSD Guy August 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I DO NOT believe that RKO's comment about Hudgins is out of line at all, in fact it's right on target. Hudgins has been deliberately working against residents on behalf of developers since the day she got into office. Only now, with 26 story monstrosities looming and her playing the "wait until they're not watching game" do we see just exactly how far she's willing to go for her very, very, special interest. It's also interesting to watch the pro-developer movement on this site respond to accusations that Hudgins and other politicians are in their pockets - they point to openly available political donations while side skirting the issue that a corrupt politician RARELY goes around bragging about or exposing publicly just exactly how they're getting paid off. That's not the way white collar crime works! Hudgins is where the line on developer corruption and influence has to be drawn! IMPEACH HUDGINS NOW!!!
Mason Miller August 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I think that Chuck Veatch's plan for that site make perfect sense. I hope that folks who are upset about the Reston National site don't transfer their anger towards responsible development plans. Putting residential and retail immediately next to the new Metro station makes perfect sense. As for comments relating to Reston being over-developed, we are far below our planned density.

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