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Last Chance: Speak at Tower Hearing

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearing Tuesday about 23-story tower.

Have something to say about the proposed 23-story tower to be built at 1760 Reston Pkwy.

Then get on the schedule to speak at a public hearing Sept. 11 at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' meeting.

, but was postponed at the request of Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.

The hearing portion of the BOS meetings begin after about 3:30 p.m. To learn more and get on the schedule, visit the Fairfax County government website. 

The 418,000-square-foot building, which will replace the five-story "Reston Times" building at 1760 Reston Pkwy., was despite three planning commission members voting "no" and two abstaining.

It is now up to the Board of Supervisors to decide whether the RTC Partnership can go ahead with the plan, despite a March staff report that found many faults with the project and recommended that the commission deny it. Among the faults: size that is incompatible with nearby buildings and high density that will be more than one-quarter mile from the planned Reston Parkway Metro station.

The project has already been approved in concept by Design Review Board and the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee.

Reston founder last week that he supports the plan.

Reston Association's Board of Directors, however,  The planning commission held a public hearing on the project in March.

At the June Planning Commission meeting,for the new tower fitting in with a new Reston. The nearby Spectrum center is also slated for redevelopment, which means there will be greater density all along Reston Parkway.

"After its usual thorough analysis, staff found that the application was in compliance with the PRC Ordinance requirements with one exception – height and intensity of the proposed structure was found to be incompatible with the planned and existing developments in the vicinity of the site," said de le Fe.

"The existing developments of the immediate vicinity of the site are indeed low-rise developments. The planned redevelopment of the surrounding property known as Spectrum will have significantly taller buildings, but – unlike the application site – are limited in height and intensity by proffers."

Planning Commission member James Hart (at-large) was one of the commissioners voting against the building in June. He said at that time there are "countywide implications" to approving the development.

"I think we want buildings like this in the right location," he said. "If we approve buildings this large, this far away from the station, it’s going to be very difficult to deny the same sort of application for similarly situated properties at 0.8 or even closer to the station. That has implications for the amount of development that we’ve contemplated. I think, particularly in Tysons Corner, there are many locations where if we’re beyond the quarter-mile – if the economic justification is a rationale for going bigger and taller, we’re going to have problems with that."

Advocacy groups Reston2020 and ARCH recommend that the proposal be amended to be in keeping with Reston's planning principles.

Plans for the building include five floors of retail and parking and 18 stories of offices above that.

There are plans for an outdoor 38,000-square-foot terrace and green roof on the sixth floor. Developers hope to also build outdoor seating from a restaurant on that floor.

The BSD Guy September 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I think I ought to sue Frank de le Fe, Cathy Hudgins, and all the other idiots that "approved" this project on behalf of their very, very, special interest, the developers. Why? FOR SHEAR AGGRAVATION AND FRUSTRATION. I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this project will be approved regardless of citizen input. You could have 99% of the residents in this area sign a petition stating they didn't want this and the county would oince again approve it. By the developers, and for the developers. I'm sick of this, I'm frustrated with this, I'm tired of the never ending problems overdevelopment is costing everyone. How much time are you wasting in traffic because of over development, and why aren't you compensated for this. Did you ask this to be thrust upon you? Do you like wasting 2 hours a day sitting in gridlock? I DO NOT THINK SEEKING COMPENSATION FROM THOSE RESPONSIBLE IS UNREASONABLE AT ALL.!!! Hudgins, county "officials" and all the other weasels will just keep getting away with this until they're hit over the head with something they can actually understand - like having to pay for all the damage and problems they've caused.
Gene September 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I agree it's not just this structure it's all the other plans for re-development. They are taking our community away from us and we seem to be unable to stop it. Decisions are being made by the few for the benefit of a few in spite of the majority opinion that we don't wnat this kind of density in our community.
RKO September 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Barack Obama spoke last night an delivered yet another dynamic and moving speech. Among other things, he touched on how special interests were ruining America, and he's right. Then I get on the Patch and what do I see? More and more and more about how our "fake Democrat" representative, Cathy Hudgins is declaring war on the residents to help out the billionaires at Boston Properties. This is so disgusting it isn't even funny. One way or another, someone ends up getting "punished" for all this stupid, unnecessary development, and 50 bucks says it ain't any of the billionaire elites Hudgins is fighting to make even wealthier. Cathy Hudgins ought to be ashamed of herself. Truly, truly ashamed of herself.
Mary September 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I live in the Town Center and am very positive about this building. The TC was designed for density and with increased tax revenue and jobs comes increaseD revenue for roads, parking, green space, public transportation and schools. Plus it brings additional financial incentive for increasing cultural and commercial investment in the TC. What is there not to like? Mary
Mary September 13, 2012 at 03:06 AM
As a resident of the Town Center I support this development. Developers/ Fairfax County - I am happy to speak as beneficial.

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