RA Picks Working Group to Form Ideas for Tetra Building

by Karen Goff September 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm 13 Comments

Former Tetra buildingReston Association has selected a panel to serve as the Tetra working group as it looks towards future uses for the 3.47-acre property in North Reston.

RA closed in July on its $2.65-million purchase of the former Reston Visitors Center. RA members narrowly approved the purchase in a referendum in May. The referendum capped a busy few months of community discussion, debate and opposition to the purchase.

The acquisition gives the association 98 acres of contiguous space at Brown’s Chapel Park and Lake Newport Tennis. During community meetings, RA said it expects to use the space for events and rentals, after-camp care, a conference center, among other suggestions. It also forecasts earning revenue of more than $100,000 annually in rentals for events and groups.

RA also plans a park at the site, which sits on the shore of Lake Newport.

Renovations have begun on the 32-year-old building, and RA CEO Cate Fulkerson says the association hopes to put it to use by Spring 2016. Lauer Commercial (formerly Tetra Partners), owners of the building since 2003, is renting the space as offices through the end of 2015.

Fulkerson said previously there will be no impact to the RA assessments until “2018 at the earliest.”

RA hopes the working group will have a plan for the building by December. RA’s Board will vote on the working group membership at its meeting on Thursday.

RA members appointed to the working group:

  • Laura Creilly (Surrounding Neighborhood Representative)
  • Nicola Caul Shelley (Surrounding Neighborhood Representative)
  • Karen Loesch (Surrounding Neighborhood Representative)
  • Rebecca Smith-Zakowicz (North Point District Representative)
  • Art Murphy (North Point District Representative)
  • Angela Loving (North Point District Representative)
  • Sterling Wheeler (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Representative)
  • Lloyd Kinzer (Hunters Woods District Representative)
  • Simon Rakoff (South Lakes District Representative)
  • Linda Singer (55+ Advisory Committee Representative)
  • Danielle Wilson (Environmental Advisory Committee Representative)
  • David Nielsen (Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Representative)
  • Carol Nahorniak (Community Engagement Advisory Committee Representative)
  • Anne Delaney (IPAR Representative)

  • Ming the Merciless

    May: We have a great plan for this building!

    September: We have appointed these local yokels to figure out what to do with this building!

    Good luck putting lipstick on this pig. Everyone stand by for future demands for increased assessments to pay for this useless, irresponsible purchase.

    • east297


    • Reston resident

      The committee will set up to design a horse and come up with a camel.
      A group of insiders who I am sure al voted for this crazy purchase.
      This whole endevour is a joke except that it’s our dues they are playing with.

    • SickofMingsCrap

      Ming- you seem to forget that this initiative PASSED with a majority of the votes! You lost so zip it dude- no one really want to hear from your sarcastic self.

      • Ming the Merciless

        (eyeroll) Because everything ever “passed” by a majority of votes after a lying publicity campaign was an awesomely awesome idea and could never be subjected to any future criticism. (See… World War I, Vietnam War, Iraq War, pretty much anything Congress passed in the last 15 years).

      • meh

        assessments are going up and they want to close pools, it appears the majority are getting the shafted by the RA.

      • Muscleman Jack

        In weightlifting, I don’t think sudden, uncontrolled urination should
        automatically disqualify you.

      • CE

        Hey Sick, it passed when we were all told they had big plans to make all this revenue and now they are putting up a committee to come up with ideas how to use it? LIES. Please get back to whatever it is you do at RA.
        Ming, this clown speaks for only RA and the home owner on Lake Newport.

      • MJay

        In all fairness, RA and its CEO sold the Tetra purchase on a very one-sided, skewed position. In part, members were excitedly told by RA that RA “forecasts earning revenue of more than $100,000 annually in rentals for events and groups.”
        As such, Ming’s sarcasm is spot on. RA made this forecast without an actual plan in place, and is now going to ask the locals what they think. Meanwhile, the only beneficiaries of this debacle on Lake Newport will likely have sway in reducing use of this land while we all see a gradual decrease in services and increase in assessments to pay for it. Because of this, I do want to hear from Ming’s sarcastic self and I think others should chime in as well now that reality is creeping in.

      • Gramdpa Jack

        I remember one day I was at Grandpa’s farm and I asked him about sex. He sort of smiled and said, “Maybe instead of telling you what sex is, why don’t we go out to the horse pasture and I’ll show you.” So we did, and there on the ground were my parents having sex.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    There’s only one real choice for that location: Hooters.

  • We are Borg.

    The Tetra Working Group will be assimilated into our collective hive mind.
    They will make excellent drones.
    These new Borg drones shall then design a satellite as ugly as our new Borg vessel at BLVD.
    Resistance is futile.

  • Terry Tetrasen

    This just in… more names and titles of Tetra “working panel” group…

    Jack DeRatesup (Reston is for lovers…of increased dues)

    Jimmy Hoffa (Advisor to “Inside Reston”)

    Ophelia Pain (Restonian’s Against Restonian’s Advisory sub committee)

    Terry Bull-Idea ( ASS Community outreach – member at large)

    Kate Filkerseen (Chief Tetra “Story”Coordinator)

    CD Whitewash (The law firm Whitewash & Con)

    Guy Withshades (Reston Association PR advisory committee)

    RA Plant (Has nothing to do with the purchase of Tetra purchase- coordinator)


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