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Monday: Community Meeting About Crescent

Hear overview for potential redevelopment process at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.

County officials will discuss the future of Crescent Apartments at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

In February, Fairfax County released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a developer to redevelop the Crescent property. At Monday's meeting, county staff will be presenting a big-picture overview of the procurement process, timeline for the process and the established evaluation criteria that will be used when reviewing the proposals.

Crescent is a 40-year-old, 16-acre, 181-unit development across the street from Lake Anne Plaza.

The county guidelines to those submitting a proposal: 

  • Create a high quality development that complements the existing Lake Anne Community 
  • Ensure diverse housing options exist in Lake Anne including workforce, senior and affordable housing 
  • Enhance pedestrian, and bicycle connections throughout the Lake Anne area 
  • Increase the viability of the Lake Anne Village Center by adding new residents

The redevelopment of the complex, which was acquired by the county in 2006 as part of an effort to add affordable housing units, is part of ongoing discussions for the redevelopment near Lake Anne. The county spent significant resources from 2006-2009 studying options for the Lake Anne area, including Crescent.

The county's comprehensive plan (2008) recommended consolidating all areas, including the  Crescent and Washington Plaza, as one area.

"Consolidation of these parcels would allow for redevelopment to occur in a well-designed, integrated and efficient manner," the report reads. "Pedestrian access through and among parcels could be more easily designed, roads could be more readily realigned to improve their safety, functionality and visibility to Washington Plaza, and below-grade parking could more readily be accommodated in strategic locations."

In April, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved developer JBG's proposal to redevelop Fairway Apartments, another aging garden apartment development near Lake Anne.

JBG has the go-ahead to turn the 346 Fairway units into 805 units, including 12 percent dedicated to workforce housing. To read more details, click here.

To access the full Lake Anne report, click here.

To see a comprehensive look at Lake Anne, click here.

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John Lovaas October 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM
This was supposed to be the announcement of the winning PPEA proposal and their plan for Lake Anne redevelopment!? In fact, the winner was to have been selected by last June! If this is just another presentation of the procurement process that we were treated to a year ago, what is the point? Other than providing another example of the glacial pace at which this County operates. Or did I misread this Patch article?
Charlie October 01, 2012 at 05:16 PM
John, I think you read it right. I'm hearing that there will be no new news coming out of this meeting. I think we need to get this process moving along as quickly a possible and strike while the iron is hot. Some may disagree, but metros will be on our doorstep in just over a year and there will be monumental shifts in Reston to follow.
Karen Goff October 01, 2012 at 05:25 PM
John - The county people contacted me to say t will be more about the process and not about who has been selected. Of course I will be there either way, but I would not be expecting a big announcement.
linda Fuller October 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM
What happened to the timetable we were given at the last meeting???Why the delay - I've been waiting for 25 years!!!! Parc Reston is happening, Fairway is happening, Reston Station is happening (somewhat on schedule) We need to get on the redevelopment, now.........................Owner, Lake Anne Florist (on the plaza since 1974) Virginia Wine and Gourmet (since 2007)
Christopher Smith October 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I agree; I hadn't even been born yet in 1974, though I have lived in Reston (Northgate) for 11 years and sort of consider myself to be an 'old timer.' Red tape can be very frustrating. Something needs to be done to revitalize the Lake Anne area, and it needs to be done the right way. I had planned to attend this meeting, but at the last minute was not able to make it. I had read about how there was a solicitation from the county for proposals from developers, with a projected award date of 'fall 2012,' and I know that there has been at least one serious response. I believe that the Lake Anne area has a lot of untapped potential, and with the recovering real estate market the level of interest will increase among developers. At least with the County owning this property, we citizens have a direct say. I think that the main priority is to ensure that any new development will be public transit oriented (regualr shuttle buses to Wiehle Ave metro?).
John Farrell October 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
What a waste of time! Misinformation, condescension and patronizing from County staff who refuse to tell the community anything useful. Please, mistress, can I have another?
Charlie October 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Suprise! They kicked the can. I fear that the Lake Anne Revitalization will turn into a drawn out and non-cohesive hot mess. A successful implementation of this plan will have to be single shot that integrates all of the surrounding areas and not just the Crescent Apartments.

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