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Area Residents Get First Look at New Plans for St. Johns Wood

by Karen Goff November 16, 2015 at 10:30 am 14 Comments

Rendering of St. John's Wood/Credit: Bozzuto

Developer Bozzuto last week showed Reston residents updated plans to redevelop St. Johns Wood — currently 262 garden-style apartments — into two five-story buildings with 512 units, as well as 46 townhomes.

The meeting was for residents in the general North Point neighborhood. Current residents of St. Johns Wood will have an additional meeting of their own, Bozzuto reps said.

Here are some of the details:

The plan includes an additional traffic entrance/exit from the community located at Reston Parkway and Center Harbor Road. An exit on Center Harbor has been added to the current one at North Village Road.

Twelve percent of the units would be set aside for affordable housing, as required by law.

The townhomes will be located along Center Harbor Road. The two five-story buildings will be located along the north end of the 14-acre property.

The redevelopment had been planned for as many as 625 units in three buildings, but earlier input from Reston Association’s Design Review Board and Fairfax County led to Bozzuto downscaling the scope. RA has commented that the new design is more in keeping with the natural and already built environment of the neighborhood.

The plans have been submitted to the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning. There will be a planning commission review and Board of Supervisors vote, both with public hearings.

The developers expect the planning phase will take about two years and construction another two years.

About 40 residents were at the community meeting to voice some of their concerns.

Traffic. Bozutto said their traffic impact study showed minimal impact. However, residents said they are concerned there will be an increase in accidents and traffic congestion since the new exit lies opposite the entrance/exit of the Hampton Pointe Condominiums and a few hundred feet from the intersection of Reston Parkway/Center Harbor.

Schools. Aldrin Elementary School principal Shane Wolfe voiced concerns that the traffic is already a concern with keeping kids safe as they walk to and from school.

Mature Trees. Several speakers were concerned about the loss of large, mature trees that are in the middle of the property.

To see additional maps and renderings, see this presentation on Reston Association’s website.

  • Mike M

    “Twelve percent of the units would be set aside for affordable housing, as required by law.

    Bernie Sanders would be proud of our “Save the World” Board of Supes. I hate to be insulting, but Socialism is Socialism. It’s just that some people own it, and some people don’t. And it still doesn’t work.

  • cRAzy

    Also see this e-mail summarizing the meeting by RA Board’s Danielle LaRosa– http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2015/11/several-dozen-neighbors-express-concern.html . Seems like no one got the word about the meeting until the middle of the afternoon the day of the meeting. Thank you, Danielle, for finally getting the word out.

    Wouldn’t want too many critics there, now would we?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Wow. Can I get some of that “affordable housing” action? I certainly would like to trade my 40 year old townhouse for a brand new apartment. Make mine a 3 BR please, preferably on the opposite side of the building from traffic.

  • JGriff

    The rendering looks like it could be mixed-use (retail and residential). Does anyone know if that is part of the proposed plans?

    • Karen Goff

      No, just residential.

  • highlander53

    that’s too bad..

    the previous iteration of this project looked a lot better than this in how the buildings were aligned with the streets. (Reston Association link).

  • Wings!!

    Any chance of getting a Hooters in there? Cause ya’ll know, Reston needs a Hooters.

    #HootersForReston

    • Chicken Parm

      St John’s Wood + Hooters = WIN #HootersForReston

      • Sorebonius

        Giggity Giggity Giggity

  • Steve

    Chick-fil-A at North Point Village Center will love this; they may have to open on…Sunday. Seriously, though, it will be interesting to see how/whether Lerner redevelops parts of the shopping center to serve additional folks who can walk there to eat and shop.

  • Greg

    Ugly. That is all.

  • UStifosi .

    Is the affordable housing component 12% of the 512 apts or 12 % of the 46 townhomes or both?

  • Riva Neam

    I think it looks amazingly great! Have you seen what Bozutto did with Catholic University at Monroe Street? It’s more modern, up to date and more pedestrian oriented. C’mon people! Embrace the change

  • LakeNewportLady

    Does anyone know the current number of units/people in that community now? Curious what the differential is from existing to the future development.

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