On The Docket: Development Projects in Reston

A look at some of the planned projects up for discussion soon.

Here is a look at the status of some of Reston's larger development projects.

Terraset Elementary School - Fairfax County Public Schools Design and Construction Services has filed a Planned Residential Community Plan for Terraset Elementary School Renovations.

The plans include proposed building additions totaling 33,184 square feet to include an administration addition, art/music addition, two classroom additions and a multi-purpose addition.

The upper parking area will be redesigned to improve traffic flow and to provide a kiss-and-ride drop-off area. The two existing pedestrian bridges will be demolished, and a new centrally located bridge will be constructed to connect the school with the kiss-and-ride area.

The application has been accepted and has a tentative Fairfax County Planning Commission public hearing for 8:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

Read previous stories about the original plan for this project and environmental concerns.

Sunrise Valley Elementary School -  The school has a planned renovation consisting of constructing several small additions (administration suite, main entrance and cafeteria) at the front of the school to meet program requirements and at the rear of the school a library addition and a large single story classroom addition to replace the existing modular classroom structure.

Site upgrades will include an expanded bus drop off area, new kiss-and-ride access, additional parking and a new ADA access route to the upper play fields.

The Planning Commission has indefinitely deferred decision on this plan. 

Reston Spectrum - Planned redevelopment of this shopping center includes the following: Land Bay A is planned for 546 dwelling units, 255 hotel rooms, 172,000 square feet of office, and 62,500 square feet of retail uses; Land Bay B is planned for 643 dwelling units, 270 hotel rooms, and 48,650 square feet of retail uses; and Land Bay C is planned for 237 residential uses and 134,896 square feet or retail and bank uses (84,000 square feet of this retail is currently existing and will be retained.)

This application has been reactivated. The new Planning Commission public hearing is 8:15 p.m. Nov. 1.

RPB & M, LCC and Bozzuto Development Company propose a mixed-use, transit-oriented development to include one mid-rise, multi-family residential building with a maximum of 421 units, one office building of up to 174,987 square feet, and up to 10,000 square feet of support retail use in the Wiehle -Reston East Metro station.

The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013.

Read a previous story about this development here.

JBG/RIC, L.L.C. and RIC Retail, L.L.C. (Reston Heights) has submitted a revised Planned Residential Community (PRC) plan PRC B-846-03 to previously approved plan for 145,000 square feet of above grade retail, 100,00 square feet of below grade retail, 428,225 square feet of office with 498 residential units.

The revised plan does not change the density or use allocation. The plan proposes to add a new grocery and neighborhood retail into pedestrian friendly, urban-type streetscape with mid-rise residential above.

This application has been reactivated and has an assigned Planning Commission public hearing for Feb. 28, 2013.

Reston National Golf Course - RN Golf Management has filed an appeal of the determination that redevelopment of property in the PRC CB District from a golf course to residential uses would require an amendment to the Reston Master Plan, a development plan amendment and Planned Residential Community Plan approval from the Board of Supervisors. 

The BZA public hearing has been moved to Jan. 30, 2013.

To read a collection of Reston Patch stories about this issue, click here.

Connie Hartke October 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Online petition to stop the rezoning of Reston open space at http://www.change.org/petitions/fairfax-county-board-of-zoning-appeals-virginia-stop-the-proposed-development-of-reston-national-golf-course-in-reston-va-3. Tall Oaks shopping center needs redevelopment so desperately, but instead there are those who would rather pave over our open space.
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
And, with regards to your last statement, I think it's important that current residents begin to realize that much of our open space (at least in South Reston and after any proposed redevelopment of the Reston National Golf Course) is located in stream valleys that cannot be 'redeveloped' into more sophisticated uses as time goes by. This is not so obvious if one simply looks at a map of Reston without realizing what those long, green strips actually represent. These are protected stream valleys and must be maintained as such in order to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed and, locally, avoid erosion that simply increases the cost of maintaining our local lakes. Putting any additional 'recreational' facilities into these areas isn't going to happen, as a consequence. While I truly love the features that these stream valleys provide to all of us, we need open space that can support recreational activities, especially if -- as the developers maintain -- Reston has lots of residential space still available. So, where are the recreational open spaces for this additional population to come from?
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Karen, I must commend you on another topical article that should be of interest to all members of our community. It's nice to have a single article that summarizes just what sort of development is currently 'in progress' for Reston. And you've done the whole thing without editorializing in the article. So, where do we editorialize on these subjects? In the blogs?
Karen Goff October 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Hi Joseph - It depends what you mean by editorializing. In some stories, I add opinion and quotes from those involved, but I would never add my own personal opinion to a news story. Yes, this is meant to be a summary of projects without comment in the story. However, anyone who has anything can say can comment here in the comment section. I also welcome blogs written by readers and also letters to the editor. So if something is on your mind about development, by all means speak out in any of those ways.
Heather. October 20, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Karen, with respect to the Reston Spectrum area-does this mean they will be getting rid of all the current shops (Pet Smart, Harris Teeter, On the Border etc)? It sounds like they will need the entire area to add three Lots and all those hotel rooms etc. Thanks.
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Heather, From last week's Reston Planning & Zoning Committee meeting (at which I didn't see Karen), Harris Teeter will be staying (indeed, it's a co-developer for the new Reston Spectrum) and expanding into the space currently occupied by Office Depot. The current Best Buy and Barnes & Noble stores will eventually both be eliminated. This question was specifically asked and the developers were non-committal about whether they'd become residents in the new center's commercial space. I have reservations about the planning (or rather the lack thereof) for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic associated with commercial enterprises in the new Spectrum, but I'll save that for a more extended discussion later.
Heather. October 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Oh Thanks Joseph for the info! Wow so this is going to be a massive redevelopment of the Best Buy area too! Goodness Barnes & Nobles and those businesses closing that's wild! I personally do not think this idea is great for Reston, between all the new development across the street at Parc Reston and now this! Sigh....thanks Karen for keeping us in the loop on this.
Robert Beale October 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Everone will shopping in highrise buildings and paying for parking. The character of Reston is going to change and not for the better. Sorry folks, but we had a NYC planner. Just wish someone woutd think about a real treed park.
Elizabeth October 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I will miss Best Buy, but you can bet your sweet bippy I will not go anywhere near Town center or Spectrum center again. Not now, not ever. Reston has become another Manhattan, but with far less history and charm. There is not one thing on that part of town that is worth a darn. Not. One. Thing.
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
In preparation for attending the Reston P&Z committee meeting, I dug out the Fairfax DPZ Staff Report on the proposal and slowly worked my way through all 200+ pages of it. When I first found the 3-D drawings, my reaction was "Oh, my God, they're replicating the original Crystal City -- 40 years later! . . . and in Reston???" I'm far from convinced that there's a natural demand for this; I think it's more like supply-side development -- sort of a "Build It and They Will Come" approach. The parking for the expanded Harris Teeter will be in a multi-story parking garage -- across a street from the main entrance. (Think about that.) Most of the new retail shops will be on the first two floors of hotels and apartments facing Fountain Drive. If you're on foot and coming locally, that may be no problem; but if you're driving you've got a choice between a few (very few) parallel parking spots on Fountain Drive or parking in a garage behind the hotels and apartments and walking around to get to the stores. (Sounds like a fantastic idea doesn't it? Ever hear the joke about 'fantastic'? ) Today, I usually only go to Spectrum to shop at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, or Office Depot -- and we don't currently have any options elsewhere in Reston to any of these three stores. While I'm there, I may stop at Harris Teeter. I doubt they will be seeing me in the future.
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
With the exception of the existing Harris Teeter store building, everything from Bowman Green to Baron Cameron is going to be leveled and replaced with new, much taller buildings. Those of us who, like myself, live in South Reston will probably quit crossing the Toll Road unless absolutely necessary (hospital and medical buildings, North County, the library, etc.) The traffic is bad enough now and it won't be getting any better.
Joseph V. Morris October 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Oops, messed the following up: It's everything north of New Dominion Parkway, not Bowman Green (err, Bowman Towne) that's under the axe.
Chipperson October 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
J v Morris - you know nothing of demand. I work in the construction and development industry and there is a huge demand for space in this area - people want business here. If you don't want progress (weird cause most you liberal Reston types love Change) move to middleburg please.
Joe Heflin October 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I was born on North Capitol street and grew up near Silver Spring then moved to Reston in '88. I chose Reston over Bethesda and Annapolis in large part because of the open space, golf courses and lakes. I've enthusiastically supported the development of town center because it replicates a European downtown which we have felt honored to have developed so close to our house. Having said this the proposed development is insane. From the impending gridlock to the loss of the golf course to parking in a garage to go grocery shopping-Reston has nothing in common with what I enthsiastically moved to 24 years ago. I do not understand the need for continued growth nor the loss of another tree or another green. Certainly not the addition of another car. And the resultant classrooms (will South Lakes have 3,000 students?). At some point there will be air rights over the Old Dominion trail similar to downtown Bethesda (near where I grew up and moved from). It is also seemingly inevitable that there will be traffic lights in town center as well as attendants to collect the fees for parking in the garages. I just don't understand the need for continued growth. I also find myself relating less and less to the values that the planners want to ascribe for where I moved to. And am now considering moving from.
Jane Hixson October 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The traffic is already a major issue/problem. I moved to Reston 18 years ago from out of state and chose this area because it was literally a "breath of fresh air" from cement and congestion. I retired last year and now have to wait until 10:00 am to go anywhere locally due to rush hour traffic not to mention better be home by 3:30 pm or get stuck in traffic again. I once lived in Manhatten (New York City) and, believe me, that was better than Reston is becoming! In Manhatten, they are constantly trying to recreate green space! Wake up Reston and Fairfax County before it's too late.
Elizabeth October 21, 2012 at 04:57 PM
And don't forget... heaven help you if you try to go anywhere between about 12 and 1:30 PM! The lunch-hour rush is actually worse than the morning and evening rush hours because more people are trying to get more places faster in a shorter time-frame. I retired in 2009, and discovered early on that the best times to be out and about are between 10 AM and noon, or about 1:30 PM to 3 PM. And there is NO good time to be anywhere near Town Center. The last time I was anywhere near there was well over a year ago. I'll go around it, but I will never, ever go THROUGH it, much less TO it. The way I see it, the lunatics who decided if you build it they will come have deliberately excluded everyone but themselves from patronizing businesses there. Now that I think of it, I don't patronize ANY Reston businesses any longer. When I can get to Dulles Town Center mall, or Fair Oaks Mall faster than I can get to Reston Town Center, you just gotta know that something is horribly wrong.
K2 October 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Chipperson, OK...true, most of us do not work in the construction or development industries, but we do know how we feel. You know what? People will come. People will shop there and the parking spaces will be full. However, it all comes at a cost. The cost is the sense of pride we have/had in our community and the relative peace with which we could run errands (well, you know, after 7:30pm or from 10am-11:30am). What I see happening is developers taking advantage of the fact that people love Reston. You've done your research. You know Reston is booming. So, now developers are going to figure out how to take advantage of that - higher store and dwelling densities. The logic does not escape us. Somehow, it seems that Reston citizens have become powerless against all of this. But, please, resist telling Reston citizens that we want all of this new business development. We don't want it like this. And, you know what? I'm not a liberal. I am a conservative.
Karen Goff October 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
sorry, dont know why I did not see this until now. Harris Teeter will stay. The rest may be incorporated into the new design. Remember, it will be mixed use on the street level, which may mean those retailers stay.
Karen Goff October 25, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I would say "leveled" is a strong word. In the planned redevelopment, there will be retail, so many retailers will stay. We just don't know the real plan yet (and this is NOT new news. This has been discussed and has been approved in concept for nearly 10 years) .
Kathi Robinson October 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Thanks for this update Karen. Could you please follow this up with a report on what roads will be added our widened?
VA Bird December 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I was born and raised here. The idea that we should leave because you would like to make more money is silly. The changes should happen wehen anif the residents desire, not you.
Fred Scuttle January 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Chipperson is just another one of those angry tea baggers who blames everything on the "got-dang librels." If everybody thought the same way as "Chip" then Central Park in NYC and the Mall in DC would be nothing but Wal-Marts, McDonalds and multi-story parking garages.
Fred Scuttle January 05, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Chipperson - you are just another one of those angry, red-faced tea baggers who blames everything on the "gawd damd librels." If everybody thought the same way as you, then Central Park in NYC and the Mall in DC would be nothing but Wal-Marts, McDonalds and multi-story parking garages. I hope they build some of that in YOUR backyard, then we can enjoy your salty tears and seeing the veins in your forehead burst.


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