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What Does the Future Hold for Crescent Apts?

Public meeting Feb. 8 will look at options, open up redevelopment solicitations.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will host a community meeting next week to  discuss a "pending solicitation for the potential redevelopment" of

The meeting, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the  will also be attended by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development and the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization.

Crescent is owned by Fairfax County and was acquired in 2006 as part of the goal of adding additional affordable housing units in the area.

The 16-acre, 180-unit development, built in 1963, was part of the nearly $2.3 billion real estate portfolio placed on the market in 2005 by the Mark Winkler Company.

Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Reston Interfaith, and Amanda Andere, executive driector of FACETS, both say they are glad the county is discussion options with the community first. 

"You want to have affordable housing as part of the mix," Wilson said. "With Metro coming, you need a lot of options. Having conversations now with focus on the best options."

The county says it will seek redevelopment proposals that will:

  • Create a high quality development that compliments 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 Fairfax Department of Housing and Community Development said the County will be releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a developer to redevelop the Crescent property. 

This 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 Lake Anne Fellowship House, 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."

To access the full report, click here.

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

 There have been several Plaza, and a proposal to redevelop nearby It is scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors Feb. 28, but has been

Chipperson February 01, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Sell to JBG, Kettler, or Bozzuto and put in some new premium apartments
John Lovaas February 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
When the new Comprehensive Plan was developed the County sought to greatly increase the density on the Crescent Apts site, going from 180 to 900.dwelling units. In response to community concern about the County's continuing decimation of affordable housing in Reston, the County agreed to a one for one replacement of the 180 affordable units ther now . Their conceptual sketch even showed how the lower income units would arrayed around the bottom of the hills upon which the new upper income units would be situated, with views of not one but two lakes! Let's hope Fairfax Couny keeps it's commitment to folks needing affordable housing this time.
Orlina Tucker February 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Ah, the hot, hot topics of redevelopment and affordable housing! Whether or not it’s true, it’s a deeply rooted belief that these properties have a negative impact on the community in which they are located. This belief is reinforced every time a violent crime occurs at a subsidized housing property. Drug murder story anyone? Any redevelopment plan should involve community policing, if for no other reason than to prevent another murder. It isn’t coincidence that we rarely hear about the property at RTC; the Reston substation is right around the corner. Affordable housing advocates must be more willing to discuss the impact these properties have to the surrounding community, and not be so quick to condemn those of us who would rather not live next to a Section 8 housing property. Compare the housing prices off of Beacon Tree Drive vs. those off of North Shore behind Tall Oaks, and then tell me subsidized housing doesn't lower property values. For readers that are curious about which properties in Reston are some flavor of “affordable housing”, check out these two links: http://www.publichousing.com/city/va-reston and http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/
RKO February 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Why doesn't the county start using foreclosed homes as a way to house the low income? It would A) possibly provide low income people with an incentive to work towards actually owning their own homes, B) Get a foreclosed property out of foreclosure thus helping the neighborhoods they're in. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. The county government is about servicing the welfare needs of the billionaire elites in the real estate/development industries, not the needs of the residents, and housing low income people is such a great excuse to come up with yet another over-development scheme.

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