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More Discussion on Spectrum Set For Monday

Reston Association Planning and Zoning to hear from developers on vision to add hotels, condos, offices.

The Reston Association Planning and Zoning Commission will hear from the developers of Reston Spectrum Monday about its latest plan to turn the 23-acre shopping center into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development with hundreds of residences and hotel rooms.

Reston Spectrum, owned by Lerner Enterprises, secured county approval of a finalized conceptual site plan in 2008 using extra density from the neighboring Reston Regional Library, which was deemed a park in 1992, allowing it to transfer density to nearby developers.

The project is divided into three Land Bays (A through C). Land Bay A (north of New Dominion Parkway, south of Bowman Towne Drive, west of Reston Parkway and east of Fountain Drive) is planned for up to 546 dwelling units, 255 hotel rooms, 172,000 square feet of office space and 62,500 square feet of retail uses within buildings of up to 180 feet.

Land Bays B and C are bounded by Baron Cameron Avenue to the north, Bowman Towne Drive to the south, Reston Parkway to the east and Fountain Drive to the west.

Land Bay B is planned for up to 643 dwelling units, 270 hotel rooms and 48,650 square feet of retail uses.

Land Bay C is planned for up to 237 residential uses and 134,896 square feet for retail and bank uses.

Approximately 84,000 square feet of this retail space houses

Building heights of up to 120 feet are proposed in Land Bays B and C.

Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to review the plans at a public hearing on Sept. 29.

Friends of the Reston Regional Library September 19, 2011 at 07:59 PM
"Reston Spectrum, owned by Lerner Enterprises, secured county approval of a finalized conceptual site plan in 2008 using extra density from the neighboring Reston Regional Library, which was deemed a park in 1992, allowing it to transfer density to nearby developers." Can someone explain what this means?
El September 19, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Developers have ruined Reston. We have allowed it in our frenzy for the almighty dollar.Stop the madness!
Karen Goff September 19, 2011 at 08:10 PM
It means since the library land is a park, no high density can be built there. Therefore, other nearby spots like the Spectrum can absorb the zoning density.
pacose September 19, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I personally like our mini metropolis. But that is likely because I grew up in Manhattan. I don't want to go back there, at this time, but I do like a little more urbane feeling. What I DON'T like is that no independent boutiques and charming shops and restaurants can afford to be here. All we look like is the Tyson's or Dulles mall, but outside. Chain this and chain that. It makes us sterile, lacking in a unique personality. GREED simply ruins so much texture in our lives.
LD September 20, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Doesn't this defeat the purpose of "no high density?" So, no building allowed in the "park" at the library but the density is just moved to another location - across the street??
JoAnne Norton September 20, 2011 at 02:40 PM
During those terrible hot days of last summer, I was frequently over in that area. And with all the cement around there, it was hot! We also seem to be gearing up to use more bicycles and mass transit. And we try to incorporate walking, etc into our lifestyle for exercise. I wonder how much green space are we going to have there to absorb the heat, how many trees, how much grass.
The BSD Guy September 20, 2011 at 06:00 PM
The people of Fairfax County will NEVER have one ounce of control over developers until we start FIRING politicians. I don't mean letting them run out their turn, allowing them to wreak havoc on an area for 2, 4, 6, 8 ... or however many years, I mean FIRE THEM NOW. Have them recalled, or forced out. If you'll recall, several years ago, a NOW-FAILED developer wanted to put high rises up off of Hunter Mill Road between the now washed out bridge and the Sunset Hills Road. In this RARE case, people along that area rallied and got the development stopped, but not until our "Supervisor", Ms. Hudgins took a few shots at her constituents on BEHALF OF THE DEVELOPERS. Supervisor Hudgins and Connolly were both CLEARLY fighting for the developers. The only reason the developers didn't win was because they tried creating a fake "citizens lobbying group" that was nothing more than them, some landholders, and others that stood to make money off the deal presenting themselves as "a concerned citizens" group. Interestingly, the company was tied up in the mortgage scams as well and went under about a year after this little "dream project" got killed. Had this gone forward, and the Board of Supervisors so dearly wanted it to, we would likely drive down that section of Hunter Milll and be looking at a field stripped of all vegitation, leaving only a field of barren mud. Politicians will NEVER get it until some of them get FIRED!
Jean Busch September 29, 2011 at 04:24 PM
1,400 more "residential units". How are all those people going to get there? Reston Parkway is already overcrowded!
Valerie September 29, 2011 at 06:23 PM
It takes me 30 minutes now during rush hour to get from Fox Mill Road to the Toll Road. What are they going to do about that. And don't tell me people will use the Metro. The costs for going anywhere are going to be extraordinary. Metro is for the rich.
Steve L September 29, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Cars are for poor people?
Helen Stiskal September 30, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I just got back from the Thursday night Planning Board meeting. There was no information in the presentation about traffic impact on Reston Parkway. Maybe it's somewhere in the printed package. Basically what they're trying to do is something like what was proposed years ago. Buildings will face out onto the streets, not inwards toward the current parking lots, in hopes that people will walk up from Market Street. Harris Teeter will get more floorspace. I just wonder how they plan to fill the office spaces.

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