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RTC West Plan Goes Before Supervisors Tuesday

by Karen Goff — March 24, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 Comment

Rendering of RTC West/Courtesy JBGJBG’s RTC West project will go before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

JBG plans to bring 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space to what is currently an office park off of Sunset Hills Road close to the future Reston Town Center Metro station.

The planning commission recommended the project for approval in late February. There was no significant opposition, but the developer had to agree to many conditions, mostly to add traffic and pedestrian access.

A January county staff report also recommended approval for RTC West, provided transportation conditions were met.

The 13-acre site currently houses three office buildings. Much of the development will convert the first two floors of the office buildings.

JBG’s says it plans to convert 15,100 square feet of office space to retail/restaurant space and add 25,000 square feet of new retail/restaurant space (on the southwest corner of the site). The planning commission approved outdoor restaurant seating for the complex.

The area is bordered by the W & OD Trail on the side of Reston Town Center, Town Center Parkway, Sunset Hills Road and the complex that currently houses Chipotle, Potbelly, Chick-fil-A, Carrabba’s and Extended Stay America.

“The development vision includes the upgrade of the first one or two floors within the office buildings to be more suitable to retail uses, and extensions of the retail program in specific areas of the site,” says JBG materials included in the staff report.

The development of RTC West brings Reston Town Center-style amenities closer to the planned Reston Town Center Metro station, slated to open in 2018 or 2019.

Frank de le Fe, Hunter Mill representative to the planning commission, said he expects to see more changes to the site.

“This is what I call an ‘interim development’ of this site,” he said at the planning commission’s most recent hearing. “In the future, I am sure we will be seeing [the location] with new redevelopment under the new [Reston] Master Plan. This makes sure what is being done in the interim meets current needs in marketplace without negatively affecting what we envision in master plan for this site.”

Some of the transportation conditions:

Connecting an existing walkway to the adjacent trails along the public roadways and adding two new crosswalks across Town Center Parkway.

Connecting the development to the W & OD trail, which runs on the northern part of the property. One development condition for JBG is working with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and Dominion Virginia Power to establish an easement for a pedestrian connection between the site and the W&OD trail.

Closing the existing exit-only driveway on Town Center Parkway and to construct new signalized access point about 440 feet north of the intersection at Sunset Hills Road. Constructing an entrance in this location will require the relocation or closure of an existing entrance for the property across Town Center Parkway to avoid an unsafe intersection, JBG says. JBG will have to work out an agreement with Boston Properties, which owns that parcel, as a condition of development.

Two new crosswalks across Town Center Parkway at a new access point.

A new turning lane on Reston Parkway.

See the entire staff report on the Fairfax County Planning website. The public hearing portion of the BOS meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Photo: Rendering of RTC West/Credit: JBG

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Adding walkways, trails, and connections between existing/new sidewalks and trails are a plus in my book. Would love to see these proffers (or their actual construction) required of developers all over the county.

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