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Save the Date: Town Center North Community Meeting Sept. 19

by Karen Goff September 11, 2015 at 11:00 am 8 Comments

Reston Town Center as seen from Town Center NorthWhat county services should be offered at Reston Town Center North?

That will be the subject of a community meeting hosted by Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins on Sept. 19 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reston Community Center Lake Anne).

The county is preparing for the redevelopment 49 acres from New Dominion Parkway to Bowman Town Drive and Town Center Parkway to Fountain Drive. The area encompasses the current Reston Regional Library, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, the North County Human Services Center and the former Cameron Glen Care Center site.

The county issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) this summer for the first phase of redevelopment. The RFP application deadline was Aug. 20. The county has not announced the next step in the process or who was chosen for the project.

The county eventually envisions a mixed-use district, with renovated or relocated space for the library and shelter, as well as offices, hotels, a performing arts center and at least 1,000 new residences.

The Fairfax County Park Authority also plans to build an indoor pool and recreation center at Town Center North. Park Authority Board Chair Bill Bouie said earlier this year the recreation center would primarily be funded with bonds, including an $87.7 million bond in 2016 and an $88 million bond on the ballot in 2020. He said the park authority would seek developer proffers to help pay for the facility. Typical proffers are around $800 per residential unit, he said.

The North County Human Services building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive) houses such offices as Adult and Aging Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption Services and Child Abuse Prevention Services.

Hudgins’ office says the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting will include Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Patricia Harrison, who will highlight the proposed health, housing and human services community input process.

Fairfax County Deputy Executive Rob Stalzer and Andrew Miller, Project Coordinator of the Public-Public Private Partnership Branch will discuss the county and Inova’s (which owns some of the land) general plans, including the (RFP process and potential development scenarios that may be considered for Town Center North.

The county envisions a mixed-use district, with renovated or relocated space for the Reston Regional Library and Embry Rucker Community Shelter, as well as offices, hotels, a performing arts center and at least 1,000 new residences.

“Participants have the opportunity to identify critical needs that should be addressed in the redevelopment of the County owned property, as well as the larger site,” Hudgins said in a statement. “It is important to continue the conversation on how best to maintain a vibrant and livable community for all.”

  • Linda Ascher Singer

    Where will we park given the open air market?

    • Robert Mowbray

      What open asir market?

  • Terry Maynard

    Because I will be out of town next weekend, I wanted to make some comments about the performing arts center on behalf of the Reston 2020 Committee, some of whose members may also be there.

    1. The Reston fine & performing arts center should NOT be in Town Center North. per the Reston Master Plan (p. 43), “Performing arts venue that can support large footprint music and dance organizations. Preferred location is within walking distance of a transit station (e.g., within Reston Town Center), near other entertainment activity (e.g., dining, retail) with opportunities for shared parking.” The idea is to make the center a regional one; we already have a good community stage. People need to be able to walk to it. In addition, the Reston Task Force Report (see p.13+, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/projects/reston/task_force_documents/reston_task_force_report.pdf) and Reston 2020’s alternative vision for Town Center (see p. 3+, http://www.scribd.com/doc/43918294/Reston-Town-Center-Alternative-Vision-Report-Final) both call for the arts center to be located in Town Center (not Town Center North).

    2. The fine & performing arts center may be a County facility, but it should NOT be a Reston community facility paid for through the Reston Special Tax District. It will be a regional (hopefully, metro area) facility, not a local one. Described in the Master Plan as part of the “Parks System,” if the County intends to build/operate it, it should do so as part of the County Park Authority facilities network.

    We believe there is also a strong possibility for a private developer or a public-private partnership for this endeavor. In fact, at one Reston Task Force meeting, Boston Properties VP Peter Otteni, who heads BoPro’s Reston office, offered to build a performing arts center on its property just north of the TC Metro station. No doubt there were unstated strings attached (density, always more density), but it’s a good place to start–physically and financially.

    3. Reston 2020 believes the center should be for BOTH fine arts and performing arts although the Plan language on this focuses on performing arts (“indoor performance center”). We believe combining the two arts functions (or building them in adjoining structures) would be synergistic in attracting larger audiences for both. Moreover, it would make Reston a significant regional cultural center.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    We need a Den of Iniquity. What better place to put it than within walking distance of the Metro and near government services should the patrons or the employees get too rowdy?

  • Kathy Kaplan

    Please see Reston Citizens Assn White Paper about Reston Regional Library and the shelter. http://reston2020.blogspot.com/2015/09/white-paper-reston-town-center.html

  • Mike M

    Isn’t it time we started asking what County services ought to be discontinued? The County tries to do so much and inevitably takes resources from core responsibilities to cover the gratuitous feel good endeavors. But, hey, that’s what the Democratic Party is all about and they dominate on the Board. So before we get to asking the right questions, we’ll need to get the right leaders in place. In other words, we’ll need to show Ms. Hudgins the door.

    • cRAzy

      First, we need someone to run against her! Then, maybe someone can show her the door.

  • concordpoint

    I, too, will be unable to attend. Someone please ask the County staff a few questions. What are you going to do about the 4 buildings that encroach upon a longstanding open space easement? Why did you go out for an RFP without this issue disclosed to bidders? How can you spend $20M for new police station and not know that it is in an open space easement? Please see attached. This needs to be addressed before moving forward with any plan. The County is no friend to the Reston community.

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