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Sunset Hills Tenants Moving to Make Way for Residential Building

by Karen Goff — August 4, 2014 at 9:30 am 1,157 7 Comments

Stretch of retail/industrial space will soon be vacated for apartments.

(Correction: An earlier version of this post said a 170,000 square foot office building was part of this project. That was incorrect. The project has been approved for up to 421 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail)

Plans are underway to relocate some of the commercial tenants of the 11400 block of Sunset Hills Rd. in order to make room for the construction of 421 apartments.

Chuck Veatch, owner of the property, says construction will begin this fall on the mid-rise residential building with 421 units. The five-acre property was approved for the residences in 2013.

The location is currently home to Reston Mini-Storage, as well as several retail stores. Veatch says Reston Mini-Storage customers have been notified that the business will be closing Nov. 1.

The parcel is adjacent to Reston Station, the mixed-use development being constructed on top of the 3,300-space parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. Reston Station is approved for 1.2 million square feet of commercial, office, residential and hotel space. Comstock’s 22-story, 450-unit BLVD apartments are currently under construction.

Reston Mini Storage, with construction of BLVD apartments at Reston Station nearby.The proximity to Wiehle-Reston East makes Veatch’s property a prime location for transit-oriented development, says Veatch.

Veatch and Bozzuto Development, whom he is teaming with on the project, got the land rezoned from Industrial to Planned Mixed Use Residential in 2010. See the county staff report for more details on the project.

At least one major tenant, Home Escapes Spa & Patio, is relocating with Veatch’s help. The store will move this fall to Sunset Park Drive in Herndon, to the space occupied by Gymini Gymnastics for 30 years. Veatch says his company purchased the space on Sunset Park and will lease it to the patio store owners.

“We are hoping to help relocate as many [tenants] as we can,” said Veatch.

Crews will begin tearing down the one-story retail section and the former mini storage lot late this fall, said Veatch.

Photos: Top –  Retail stretch that will be demolished to make way for apartments. Bottom – Reston Mini Storage, with Reston Station BLVD apartments under construction nearby.

  • Ben Hill

    Makes sense for the whole area around the metro to get redeployed. Any news of plans for the area of the south of the metro, Sunrise Valley. The owners are locking down the parking lots around the south metro entrance. There appears to be another gate going up at the entrance directly across from Great Meadows road. They really need a kiss and ride off Sunrise Valley, there is already an informal one.

  • Mike M

    Makes sense. Was a matter of time. But what about the roads and pedestrian access. There is some serious work to be done there.

  • Charles

    What they need to do is WIDEN WIEHLE AVENUE

  • LC

    Are there any plans to put a pedestrian bridge across wiehle where the W&OD passes by the firehouse? It’s always been a bit dangerous but with more traffic I can only assume it will get worse.

    • Guest

      Same thing for bikes as well, as they apparently think they have the right of way during a green left arrow and/or green light.

  • Anonymous Too

    These projects appear to offer relatively little in terms of neighborhood amenities or residential atmosphere, since they are part of large multi-use developments. Is the future of Reston nothing more than people living in high rise boxes? I hope not…

  • joe6521

    Why so many apartments in Reston? Why not more condominiums? We are downsizing, and would like to stay in Reston, and buy something, not rent. But with so many new buildings going up, and all of them being apartments, there’s no condos to move to… I guess Reston only wants transients who come and go.

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