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Rising Costs Halting Lighting Plan for RA Paths

by Karen Goff — December 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm 5 Comments

Hunters Woods Village Center A plan to provide extra lighting on the Reston Association paths near Hunters Woods Village Center is going to cost much more than originally anticipated, RA CEO Cate Fulkerson says.

RA has been talking about adding additional lighting on the paths for more than a year in the hopes that it would deter loitering, graffiti and crime. The association budgeted about $125,000 for the project.

However, the lighting has not been installed after new estimates show RA’s portion would be closer to $190,000, according to RA’s carryover budget for 2015.

Fulkerson said that RA is hoping Edens, the owners of the village center, would help share the new and hefty cost.

“The actual total cost is closer to $300,000,” Fulkerson said in an email. “We have not installed pathway lighting in many years, and the original estimate used in building the 2014/2015 Capital Budgets did not account for expenses related to Dominion Power’s engineering and equipment costs, which have increased considerably since the last time the Association installed pathways lighting.”

Fulkerson said RA is working on several ways to offset the costs.

“We continue to work with Edens to obtain their support in covering the costs associated with the installation,” she said. “In addition, we are exploring available grant opportunities to assist with or offset the cost.”

The $124,916 set aside for the project will carry over into next year. In total, RA will carryover $961,830 for the Hunters Woods lighting project, as well as a Fannie Mae pathway extension, Twin Branches connector and the South Lakes pathway connector. RA says the latter are in varying stages of completion.

Other carryovers include:

  • $184,962 for grading at Brown’s Chapel ball fields
  • $500,000 for Lake Anne Dam upgrades (delayed until 2016)
  • $135,000 for an outreach management project
  • $26,710 for renovations or replacement of the Pony Barn

  • Laura Calacci

    Please tell us more about this 135K “outreach management project:. Sounds like some type of RA boondoggle.

  • LaurieTD

    The lighting recently installed in Herndon on the W&OD trail (between Van Buren and Elden Streets) is very nice and presumably complies with Dominion’s requirements. I would love to see lighting like that on Reston trails!

  • Cluster Tycoon

    I propose night vision goggles to be made available at the RA company store. Residents living in neighborhoods known to be poor or poorly lit will receive goggles either free or at highly discounted rate. Please carry your neon park passes clearly visible when walking at night.

  • Bill

    Does anyone know how far the lighting is supposed to go? Hopefully it will reach that little baseball field. We love using the field, but there is almost always beer cans strewn about, and some lighting might help push those characters somewhere else…

  • Reston Realist

    Whatever happened to stopping “light pollution?”

    That said, it sounds like HW shopping center is going through the same downhill spiral that led to the demise of its predecessor–and redevelopment into this asphalt jungle.

    And why is that RA’s responsibility???

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