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Supervisors Finally Move Fairway Forward

Board votes to go ahead with redevelopment of aging Reston apartments.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve the proposal to 

The vote had been postponed at a March 20 BOS meeting, where Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins asked the supervisors to defer decision pending further review of the developer's plan for workforce housing.

However, the issue of workforce housing - developer JBG has pledged 12 percent of the 805 units  - did not come up as a development condition on Tuesday.

What was mentioned was a reduction in loading area spaces, underground storm water management and pavement changes. Also not listed were developer proffers, which could be valuable contributions to improve Reston recreational facilities.

Because the redevelopment is not a rezoning, JBG is not required to provide any certain level of workforce housing.

The plan to turn the 18 garden-style buildings and 346 1970s-era units into four multifamily units and 131 townhouses has previously been approved by Fairfax County Planning and Zoning staff, the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the Reston Association's Design Review Board after nearly two years of changes and discussions.

The BOS hearing on the issue has been postponed numerous times over the last year as JBG and the Design Review Board went back and forth on an acceptable design.

To see details of JBG's plans, 

"This plays a major role in the redevelopment of Lake Anne," Hudgins, a longtime resident of the Lake Anne neighborhood said at the March 20 meeting. "We needed a larger participation of residents in order to provide the synergy in redeveloping Lake Anne village Center. The density being provided is part of the plan. The most important part - people will be able to continue to live in Lake Anne with the same commitment that was made in the beginning of Reston."

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