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Weekend Discussion Topics

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. Italian Restaurant to Open in Reston Town Center Next Year
  2. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls to Open Next Month in Reston Town Center
  3. Despite Appeals, Residents Voice Strong Support for Downtown Herndon Redevelopment
  4. San Diego-based Big Data Firm Opens Reston Office
  5. Five Men Involved in Attempted Robbery at Hunters Woods Village Center

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

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Five Candidates Seek Seats on Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors

Five candidates are running for three seats on Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors. This year’s candidates are incumbents William Bouie, Gerald Zavala, and Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt, along with Richard Stillson and April Tan.

Voting — known as the preference poll — will begin on September 7. Each property in Small District 5 will receive mail ballots, which must be submitted by Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. the next day.

Candidates will hold a candidates forum on September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road).

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will appoint members to the three three-year positions based on preferences stated by participants in the poll. RCC’s board is designed to bring social, recreational, cultural and educational activities throughout the district.

Candidate statements are available online.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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Two Residential Projects Head to Reston Planning and Zoning Committee

Two residential projects are up for a vote by the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the North County Government Center.

Woodfield Acquisitions is seeking to redevelop Roland Clarke Place, a 3.6-acre of land less than one mile from both the Wiehle-Reston East and Reston Town Center Metro Stations. The developer seeks to replace the office building on 1941 Roland Clark Place with 310 residential units in one building. The second office building at 1950 Roland Clarke Place would be redeveloped at a later date.

Plans include courtyards, pocket parks, a dog park and a trail that loops around the property. If approved, the project would be developed in two phases. A public hearing date before the Fairfax County Planning Commission is set for October 11.

The committee will also consider a second proposal by Pulte Home Company, LLC to rezone intended for industrial use to allow for planned commercial development. Plans include building 40 single family attached units and a parking garage. The project is located at 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The existing office on the property will remain. Open space amenities include a tot lot, a wildlife observation area, a central green space, and a gathering place with public art for future residents and employees of the office building. According to the application, the plan is intended to transition between existing and planned high-intensity development surrounding the future Herndon Metro Station and single-family houses across Sunrise Valley Drive. A public hearing before the Planning Commission is set for September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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Reston Multicultural Festival

Join us for a celebration that brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories that we gather on the…

Op-Ed: Worrisome Signs That Wheelock Never Intended for Hidden Creek To Remain a Golf Course

This is an op/ed submitted by the North Course Committee of Rescue Reston. It does not reflect the opinions of Reston Now. To submit opinion pieces, email [email protected].

Wheelock Communities bought Hidden Creek Country Club in October 2017. Hidden Creek is zoned as a golf course and is intended in the Reston Master Plan to remain a golf course in order to provide planned, open green space as a balance to the high-density development currently occurring in Reston Town Center and near Metro.

This innovative way to combat suburban sprawl has always been the Reston planned-community deal: protected open space to balance out high-density living. And Restonians were told they could count on this deal.

Yet, from the start of its interactions this year with the Reston community, Wheelock Communities has claimed that Hidden Creek is economically unviable as a golf course. Why did Wheelock buy it then?

Wheelock cannot be arguing that golf courses are inherently commercially unviable because it owns two large properties in Texas that include golf courses. There’s no reporting that Wheelock intends to close those courses.

And Forbes reported this May that the number of people starting to play golf was at an all-time high last year. The demographic makeup of those new golfers coincides nicely with Reston’s demographic makeup. And the number of non-golfers saying they’d be interested in learning to play golf is up as well, according to Forbes.

Plus, Reston is an outdoor-oriented community that looks to enjoy the great outdoors right here, as summed up in Reston’s “Live-Work-Play” slogan. Outdoor activities sponsored by the Reston Association and by the Lake Anne and Reston Town Center merchants’ associations are well attended.

Despite what looks to be favorable conditions for generating more demand for golf among Restonians, Wheelock has not been exploring this opportunity in its interactions thus far with the Reston community. Instead, Wheelock has been gauging how much housing the community might tolerate on what is now the Hidden Creek Golf Course.

Wheelock’s apparent lack of interest in making Hidden Creek succeed as a golf course raises the question:

Could it be that Wheelock is looking to neglect the golf course and let it commercially fail in order to boost its argument for a rezoning request?

It’s easy to see why Wheelock would want to renege on its commitment to honor Hidden Creek’s zoning as a golf course. According to the Fairfax County Tax Administration website, Wheelock paid $63.75 million for a mere 12.3691 acres in the adjacent Charter Oak Apartments, or $5.15 million per acre. Charter Oak Apartments commanded this high acreage price because the land is zoned as residential (for apartments), is developed, and can be redeveloped as housing.

Yet Wheelock paid only $14 million for the 162.5835 adjacent acres of Hidden Creek Country Club, or less than $100,000 per acre, according to the same Tax Administration website. That’s right: an acre on the golf course was one-fiftieth the price of an acre in the apartment complex next door. This dramatically lower price per acre for Hidden Creek is precisely because the golf course is not eligible for development (beyond the parts that already have buildings).

If Wheelock could get Hidden Creek rezoned for housing, the value of the land would skyrocket, giving Wheelock a huge windfall. And in the process, Restonians would lose their precious green open space that they were told was guaranteed by the Reston Master Plan.

Could it be that Wheelock never intended to honor its commitment under the zoning plan to keep Hidden Creek as a golf course? From where we sit, it sure looks like it.

Photo via Rescue Reston

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Lease by August 15 for Half Off First Month’s Rent at 2 BR Summerchase Community Condo

Gorgeous two bedroom condo with over 950 sq. ft. in the attractive Summerchase Community, fully carpeted with expansive natural light, exuding off the vaulted ceiling.

$1677 is the effective rent, after half month rent free, rent returns to $1750.

Large living/ding room features wood burning fireplace and has access to relaxing balcony space.

Gorgeous white out kitchen features Onyx countertops/breakfast bar, subway tile backsplash, and soft close cabinet and drawers.

This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Friday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Reston. Join his daily email newsletter for an up-to-date reminder of each day’s deals.

Highlights for the upcoming weekend include:

Deal of the Weekend: All weekend @ Potbelly, purchase any sandwich or entrée salad, mention “Free Belly Bites Kids Meal” and you’ll get a free Belly Bites meal including a kid-sized sandwich, side item, cookie and a beverage.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

All Weekend:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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Friday Morning Notes

Lorton teen accused of killing Reston couple incompetent to stand trial — The teenager accused of killing his girlfriend’s parents in their Reston home in late December is incompetent to stand trial. The now 18-year-old Lorton teen was charged as a juvenile in connection with the murders of Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, and Scott Fricker, 48, on December 22. A judge ruled that brain damage caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound impacted the teen’s ability to understand the trial. [The Washington Post]

Back to school bash — Get your school spirit back to prepare for the return to school at Saturday’s event at South Lakes High School. Information about resources, programs and services will be available for the family. [Reston Community Center]

EXO-itement — The apartment building on 1807 Oracle Way is gaining more attention for its color-changing facade. [The Washington Post]

Uniting against crime — Local residents gathered in Reston neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out, a nationwide crime-prevention event held the first Tuesday of August. [The Connection]

Summerbration concert tonight — Enjoy a world jazz concert tonight at Reston Station Plaza from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Parking is free from 6:30-9:30 p.m. [Reston Community Center]

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Save the Date: Northern Virginia Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Set for October

The 10th annual Northern Virginia Walk like MADD and MADD DASH is set for October 13 at the Herndon Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thousands are expected to rally together in over 90 cities across the country in order to increase awareness about drunk driving. Registration for the Herndon event, which is open online, will also take place on site from 8-9 a.m.

The police department is also accepting donations of used sneakers to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate drunk driving, prevents underage drinking and advocates for stricter impaired driving policies.

Donated items should not have any holes. Donations will be accepted at the race and at the Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway).

Photo via Walk like MADD

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Back to School Book Sale at Reston Regional Library Begins Today

The Friends of Reston Regional Library is hosting a back to school book sale that begins today and runs through Sunday (August 19).

More than 10,000 books in good condition will be available for purchase. Children’s selections range from board books to middle school books. Teaching and education materials, as well as books for teens, will also be available.

No scanners are allowed at this sale and volunteers reserve the right to limit purchases per family on a daily basis. No strollers are allowed in the sale.

The book sale runs today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-3:30 p.m.

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Developing: Man Hit With Possible BB Pellet While Walking Dog

Local police are investigating an incident during which a man was hit by a possible BB pellet while walking his dog earlier this morning in the area of Soapstone Drive and South Lakes Drive.

The man suffered a minor injury, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. He was hit in the chest by the object.

The incident remains under investigation. No further information was immediately available.

This story will be updated.

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