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Lake Anne Redevelopment Approved by Supervisors

by Karen Goff — March 4, 2015 at 9:00 am 20 Comments

Artists Rendering of Lake Anne Redevelopment/Credit: LADPThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors gave final approval on Tuesday to Lake Anne Development Partners’ project to revitalize Crescent Apartments and the Lake Anne area.

“Lake Anne redevelopment has been a very long long process,” Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said when introducing the motions for decision at the board’s meeting. “I am pleased today to reach a conclusion.”

The public hearing portion of the meeting was held Feb. 17.

The final approval sets the stage for Lake Anne Development Partners to start the project, which they hope will add density and transform Reston’s oldest area.

Stacy Hornstein, senior vice president and director of acquisition and development for Republic Land Development, an LADP partner, said they hope to break ground in early 2016.

“Lake Anne Development Partners is very excited that the Board of Supervisors approved the plan for redevelopment of the Crescent Apartments and the revitalization Lake Anne,” said Hornstein. “A project of this magnitude requires the expertise and assistance of many county departments, individuals and our team members. It is through their diligent efforts that we have reached this first of many milestones to come.”

The project is slated to add more than 1,000 apartments and townhouses, mostly where the 181-unit, county owned Crescent Apartments stands today. LADP’s plan also calls for 78,000 square feet of office space and 58,000 square feet of retail space, a modest-sized grocery store and realignment of Village Road. The project will also have a 1.1-acre central park, an outdoor amphitheater, a bike share station and 12 public art works, according to the project’s county staff report.

The interior section of Lake Anne Plaza, Reston’s original village center, has historic designation and will not be altered. However, developers hope the increased density and revitalization of the surrounding area will draw retailers and people to the plaza. The entire project will take about a dozen years to complete. The project was recommended for approval earlier this year by the Fairfax County Planning Commission. As part of its agreement with the county, Lake Anne Development Partners must provide 185 replacement affordable apartments and designate 20 percent of the other units as affordable and workforce housing.

Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity was the lone dissenting vote among the supervisors, saying Tuesday that he was concerned about large numbers of affordable housing’s impact on Reston schools.

LADP was chosen by the county in 2013 to redevelop the aging Crescent Apartments, which was purchased by the county for $49.5 million in 2006 for use as affordable housing.

Some of the development conditions voted on at Tuesday’s meeting:

A reduction in parkingLADP requested to reduce by nearly 500(18 percent) the number of parking spots in the Crescent area.

LADP says Crescent redevelopment is being planned in a more urban style, so it should not have to meet suburban standards and that the project has proffered a comprehensive transportation plan with specific goals and strategies targeted to reduce auto ownership among future residents as well as reducing parking supply.

The project has proffered an overall 25-percent trip reduction goal for the resident and office users, which corresponds to a strategy that reduces the parking supply, according to county documents. There will still be 2,167 total spaces when the project is fully developed, says LADP.

That includes hundreds of garage spaces for Crescent residents and a 120-space parking garage to be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the current Lake Anne Plaza. That land, formerly owned by Reston Association, was the subject of a controversial land swap in late 2013.

Land issues. The Supervisors voted on the agreement for the 99-year ground lease by the county of the site for the replacement affordable units; the conveyance of the remaining approximately 1.2 acre portion of County owned land to Reston Association, who will in turn convey approximately 1.04 acres of adjacent land to LADP to facilitate the project (this is the final ruling on the 2013 land swap). Read more specifics in the Supervisors Agenda Package.

Earlier this year, LADP met county development conditions by agreeing to increase its contribution to the Fairfax County Park Authority from $100,000 to $500,000. The agreement also waives various conditions set forth by the planning staff concerning residential street length, transitional barriers and underground stormwater facilities.

Artist Rendering of Lake Anne Redevelopment/Credit: LADP

  • RestonRed

    I’m glad some of Lake Anne will be redeveloped, but the large concrete plaza, high-rise, and condos/townhouses won’t change. I get that those are protected historically, but I think that is a big reason that area is run down. When the newer buildings, retail, and housing are put up, it will attract all the business, not the “historic” section. All that concrete is just depressing, not very inviting.

    • Mike M

      But weren’t they designed by an infallible God?

      • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

        Yes. The RA Church of Bob Simon. Socialist. Lake Anne Plaza should be imploded.

        • JCSuperstar

          Goodness Laura…give it a rest. You’re almost demonstrating a narcissistic personality disorder.
          JC

          • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

            Said the stalker. JC, what is your real name? Won’t be surprised if its Dick.

        • Mike M

          I’ve spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe. I know the smell. Of course Bob spent a lot of time in Switzerland I heard because he was annoyed that his creation was bespoiled. Would that it were not? What would have become of Reston? I am thinking Tallinn before 1990?

    • I definitely agree that the aging concrete needs a refresh — not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for safety. It’s crumbling.

    • Greg

      It’s Brutalism at its worst.

  • Brutalist Concrete

    The problem is not the concrete, the problem are the homeowners who make it difficult for businesses to succeed. Also the stupid building at the end of the parking lot that blocks the view of the lake/plaza from Baron Cameron. I’ll also blame Reston Town Center. And the businesses themselves sometimes shoot themselves in their feet.

    • Lake Anne Fan

      The “stupid building” at the end of the parking lot is slated to be torn down as part of the redevelopment … you should check out the design and phasing plan.

    • RestonRed

      What about the homeowners make it difficult for businesses to succeed? I honestly don’t know, as I don’t know anyone who lives there. Do they just not allow any night-time events, etc?

      • JCsuperstar

        RED, your ignorance is so up front and obvious. You make claims out of thin air, and in the same breath admit you don’t know anyone who lives there. Say whaaaa?? Can’t wait to read more of your informative, thought provoking posts.

        • RestonRed

          Woah no need to be confrontational or demeaning. I go to lake anne from time to time but I don’t know anyone who lives there. I don’t know what the statement from Brutalist Concrete about homeowners hurting businesses refers to. That is what I am asking about.

          • JCSuperstar

            You deserve a big apology RED, and I hope you accept it. My bad for reading too fast. One thing I admit being guilty of; need to slow down JC.

    • Greg

      That eyesore was the original Reston visitors’ center.

    • Greg

      But the real news is that the RA wants to spend several million dollars it does not have on the second Reston visitors’ center (across Baron Cameron avenue and abutting the higher stormwater lagoon) for a purpose no one can cogently articulate.

  • Steve

    1,000 more housing units? Will this mean the Baron Cameron dog park will have to be expanded?

    • BowWowFan

      I think that’s an excellent idea!

  • Michael P. McHugh

    But weren’t they designed by an infallible God?

  • Michael P. McHugh

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe. I know the smell. Of course Bob spent a lot of time in Switzerland I heard because he was annoyed that his creation was bespoiled. Would that it were not? What would have become of Reston? I am thinking Tallinn before 1990?

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