Terraset Renovations Pass Planning Commission

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will now vote on five additions and increased capacity and parking for the school.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Thursday recommended for approval the renovation and expansion plans for Terraset Elementary School.

The plan will now go to the Board of Supervisors for a vote.

Fairfax County Public Schools are planning five new building additions, a new kiss-and-ride area and other changes to the 36-year-old school at 11411 Ridge Heights Rd.

A Nov. 15 staff report highlighted some of the plans, which include:

* A 3,400-square foot administrative addition to the front entrance.

* A 7,613-square-foot art and music addition

* An 11,100-square-foot media and classroom addition.

* A 3,919-square-foot School Age Child Care addition

* A 7,521-square-foot west classroom addition

* A new kiss-and-ride area

* Removing the dual pedestrian bridges and replacing it with one centrally located bridge.

* New parking areas in various locations

* Two asphalt play areas and a soccer field at the rear of the school

* Several stormwater management features.

* Reduction in the tree canopy along the western boundary of the property to accommodate 15-space parking area and stormwater management features. Existing vegetation along the western boundary will also be reduced to a minimum width of approximately 40 feet.

Click here to see the entire staff report.

Mike Rolband of Wetlands Studies and Solutions had previously expressed concern with stormwater management issues at Terraset and at a renovation and expansion at nearby Sunrise Valley Elementary School. However, the staff report says these issues have been addressed.

The additional space will increase the capacity of Terraset from 600 students (487 are enrolled for 2012-13) to nearly 900.

Former principal Ellen Cury said last school year that the expansion was being designed to accommodate a potential influx of population brought to Reston by the opening of Metro's Silver Line in late 2013. Residents can likely expect south Reston elementary school boundaries to be redrawn after the renovation is completed.

Schools advocate John Farrell that was built with Title IX money a decade ago.


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John Farrell December 01, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Jamming 900-1200 elementary kids on that site is irresponsible and contrary to the best interest of the kids and the community. Pat won't stop this madness. Cathy has to save our children from this terrible mistake.


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