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Reston Association Not Likely To Sell Fox Mill Land to Church

by Karen Goff February 18, 2014 at 9:30 am 3 Comments

Location of RA-owned land that local church is interested in purchasing.

Reston Association says it is not interested in selling association-owned land to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter- Day Saints.

The church, which has a large facility in North Reston, approached Reston Association last fall about purchasing three parcels of land on which to build a new church. The land — at 2639, 2641 and 2643 Fox Mill Rd. — is undeveloped , wooded common area owned by RA since the late 1960s and mid 1970s.

RA CEO Cate Fulkerson says the association is occasionally approached by parties inquiring about purchasing land. Since the board must approve such a transfer, the matter must be put before the board. The broker representing the church was on the board planning agenda twice but failed to show.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints requested the opportunity to present a proposal to purchase three parcels of land on Fox Mill Road to build a new church,” Fulkerson said. “As it is a request which requires board action, staff placed the item for discussion on the agenda for the board planning committee on two different occasions.  As the requesting party has yet to be in attendance the item has been removed from the board agenda indefinitely.

“Staff’s opinion, however, is to not sell the parcels in question.”

The board recently OKed a land swap with Republic Land Development, which needs a one-acre plot of undeveloped RA common area for a 120-space parking garage at Lake Anne Plaza.

That transaction was met with disapproval by many RA members, who said RA should not be selling green space. Republic has offered tree care, minimal land disruption as part of that deal.

  • RobinTrish

    Good to know. Thanks for the update.

  • Adrian Havill

    Too busy knocking on doors?

  • MuteNDC

    Reston Association is happy to turn down this offer, but last Tuesday,
    February 18, the Reston Association Design Review Board voted to allow
    the The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints on Poplar Grove
    Drive to expand their parking lot, which will result in a net loss of
    over 80 trees which serve as a buffer between the church and the
    Birchfield Woods Cluster.

    The Design Review Board voted down
    the church’s initial proposal in November 2013 with specifics on how the
    church could revise their plan: reduce the number of proposed parking
    spaces, reduce the number of impacted tress, and produce a traffic
    study.

    Birchfield Woods and affected parties are appealing the
    decision as the approval directly contradicts the Design Review Boards
    requests in November. The revised plan approved on February 18 actually
    INCREASED the number of trees being removed from a proposed 120 to over
    140, and REDUCED the number of trees the church would replant from a
    proposed 80 down to only 60.

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