Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Will aging Lake Anne-area complex be next on the list for redevelopment?
- REAL ESTATE
- Karen Goff
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
JBG Companies has purchased Reston's Charter Oak apartments. Charter Oak is a 262-unit complex off of North Shore Road near Lake Anne. JBG, which also owns the Reston Heights mixed-use development and nearby Fairway Apartments in Reston, says the complex's location near Hidden Creek Country Club, Reston Town Center and Metro's upcoming Silver Line, presents a "terrific opportunity." A JBG spokeswoman also said that there are "no redevelopment plans at this time." However, Charter Oak, a garden-apartment complex built in 1970, is smack in the middle of affordable housing developments slated for redevelopment. Fairway, after several years and many changes to its proposed redesign, was finally approved for redevelopment by the Fairfax County…
Monday, March 19, 2012
After many postponements, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will finally discuss, decide on redevelopment of Fairway Apartments in Reston.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will finally have a public hearing on the future of Fairway Apartments. Have something to say about the project? Now may be your last chance to speak up. The hearing will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 as part of the BOS regular meeting at the Fairfax County Government Center. People wishing to present their views on these subjects may call the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151 to be placed on the Speakers List, or may appear and be heard. The BOS hearing has been postponed numerous times over the last year as developer JBG and the Reston Association Design Review Board went back and forth on an acceptable design. The DRB finally approved in concept JBG's latest proposal to …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fairway redevelopment gets the green light from Reston Association - but can they kick in to build community facilities?
JBG moved one step closer to its planned redevelopment of Fairway Apartments when Reston Association's Design Review Board approved its concept, turning the 40-year-old complex into a modern development with nearly three times as many residents. In the plans - which were approved last week after more than two years of back-and-forth between RA and JBG - are amenity decks, parking, a central park and 804 units. Missing is what JBG can do to aid all RA members, says one candidate for the RA Board of Directors. "They have dropped the ball - badly," says John Farrell, a land-use attorney and member of RA's Parks and Planning Committee. He is a 2012 At-Large candidate for the board. "This is a breach of fiduciary responsibility." Farrell says …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Modern look, no "Texas Donut" mean developers can move ahead with redevelopment of aging complex.
Reston Association's Design Review Board on Tuesday approved in concept a new design for the redevelopment of Fairway Apartments. It is the latest in a nearly three-year effort to redevelop the complex of 348 aging apartments into a new neighborhood that will house nearly three times as many residents. This latest look was acceptable to the DRB, which had met with JBG planners in several work sessions over the last few months in order to ensure success. When JBG last presented to the DRB in June, it was criticized for townhouses that were too tall, a "Texas Donut" (big buildings centered around a parking lot) look for the multifamily buildings, and a look that did not fit in with the Lake Anne area of Reston. The DRB was not going to …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Board of Supervisors now scheduled to hear about redevelopment in March.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' public hearing for redevelopment of Fairway Apartments has been postponed again as developer JBG reworks the proposal into something more amenable to county and Reston planners. The issue has been discussed for several years, but in July, the county planning commission recommended approval of JBG's plans for several five-story residential buildings and 131 townhouses on the site of the 40-year-old Fairway Apartments near Lake Anne. The public hearing with the full Board of Supervisors has been deferred several times since. It was scheduled to go before the BOS on Feb. 28. It is now scheduled to be heard on March 20. Representatives from Fairway owners JBG Companies met with a panel of the Reston …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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 Crescent Apartments. The meeting, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Reston Community Center - Lake Anne from 7 to 9 p.m., 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 …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hearing on redevelopment of Reston apartment complex postponed - again.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will not be making a decision on the redevelopment of Fairway Apartments next week. The BOS was supposed to have a public hearing on the topic on Monday, after the hearing was postponed from Sept. 27. The new date for the public hearing is Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. The county planning commission in late July recommended for approval JBG's plans for several five-story residential buildings and 131 townhouses on the site of the 40-year-old Fairway Apartments. The Board of Supervisors vote is the next step in the redevelopment process, which has been under review for more than two years. Even if approved, the issue will still have to go back to Reston Association's Design Review Board, which was ready to not…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Public hearing next step for citizens to speak on issue.
The Fairway Apartments redevelopment plan is scheduled to be presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The county planning commission in late July recommended for approval JBG's plans for several five-story residential buildings and 131 townhouses on the site of the 40-year-old Fairway Apartments. The Board of Supervisors vote will be the next step in the process. The public is invited to speak before the BOS. To register to speak click here. Even if approved, the issue will still have to go back to Reston Association's Design Review Board, which was ready to not approve the latest plan when JBG asked for a last-minute deferral at the June DRB meeting. The saga of the Fairway redevelopment has been ongoing …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Group details reasons why plan is not good for the community, and urges community to sign.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Karen Goff
Monday, August 15, 2011
How do you feel about the proposed redevelopment at Reston's Fairway Apartments? Sustainable Reston, a project of the Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth, is against the JBG Companies' plan, which, after two years of trying, was recommended for approval by the Fairfax County Planning Commission last month. The plan, for several five-story buildings, underground parking and 131 townhouses, still has to go to before the county Board of Supervisors and then back to the Reston Association's Design Review Board. Sustainable Reston wants citizens to sign a petition detailing why this is a bad idea and how JBG should rethink and redesign. Among the reasons: increasing housing units by 230 percent, reducing affordable housing, increasing …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Decision moves forward the process to develop aging Reston complex.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval for JBG's latest proposal for the redevelopment of Fairway Apartments. Ultimately, the Reston Association's Design Review Board has final say on the design of the complex, but Thursday's vote moves forward the process, which has been going on for over a year. The proposal now moves on to the county Board of Supervisors, who must approva the application for it to proceed. A date for review from the Board of Supervisors has not been announced. "We are presented with a plan for redeveloping an aging property," Hunter Mill Planning Commission representative Frank de la Fe said. "I don't know that it is a perfect proposal. I don't know that there is any such thing." De la…