Sneak Peek: Reston’s Development Laid Out in Renderings

by Karen Goff April 21, 2016 at 10:00 am 20 Comments

Reston’s development pipeline was laid out on display boards Wednesday at South Lakes High School as Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins presented “Reston’s Blueprint for the Future.”

“There’s a lot going on in Reston,” she said. “The applicants are anzious to move forward. This is a good chance to give people a peek and give them a sense [of development plans].”

One plan not yet on the books is Boston Properties’ vision for a 20-acre parcel between the current Reston Town Center and the future Reston Town Center Metro station, scheduled to open in 2020.

BP’s Peter Otteni said the preliminary plans for the space, which current houses two office buildings, is transit-oriented development with a Floor-Area ratio of 3 to 4 (an indicator of density).

BP’s preliminary plans include a hotel, office, residential and a large park in the middle.

Otteni says the park will be more than twice as large at Town Square Park at Reston Town Center,

“It’s not just a nod to open space,” he said of the expanse that would connect the rail station all the way through to the W&OD and then over to town center. “It will be a major park.”

Another new development sketched out is the transformation of Reston Crescent, an office park at Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive. This development concept by Brookfield connects the south entrance of the Reston Town Center station to mid-rise and high-rise housing, along with plans for a hotel.

On the south side of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro, plans have been filed for housing at what now is an office park at Wiehle Avenue, Sunrise Valley Drive and Centennial Park Drive.

Planners will keep the existing buildings and parking garage, as well as a Cardinal Bank branch, and build to mid-rise residential buildings and a hotel at the site.

Also in the renderings stage: housing at 1831 Michael Faraday Court. This industrial/office block less than a half-mile from Wiehle-Reston East could be transformed into 230 multi-family units and 13 townhouses

See this previous Reston Now story for a comprehensive list of planned development.

  • Terry Maynard

    In a separate discussion with me, Mr. Otteni also pointed out that Boston Properties is reneging on its self-initiated commitment to build a regional performing arts center in this “RTC III” area within easy walking distance of the Metro station because the land is too valuable. He said the County has committed to building one in Town Center North instead, accessible by shuttle bus, although a County representative at the meeting was unaware of any such a commitment. It the County builds it, it will almost certainly mean a huge addition to our Reston Special Tax District #5 tax rate. Watch for it.

    For more on this “now you see it, now you don’t” moment, read this: http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-reston-performing-arts-center-now.html

    • Mike M

      I’ll be straight up, they ought to pay for the road improvements and not a performance center and not a diversity garden and not hideous “public art.”

      But now you see it, now you don’t is just one trick in the playbook of developers. Someday I’ll get my hands on the whole book.

      The real mystery is why Cathy Hudgins is behind this? I think I know. The other mystery is why so many Reston residents accept this as inevitable or desirable. Some are even eager to pay for any associated road improvements.

      • Greg

        She’s in it for one reason. Lots more subsidized housing which always begets more voters, more “road diets” and bike lanes.

      • JohninVA

        My opinion: She is behind it for the ultimate payoff post-elected office when she joins the developer of her choice at 5x her salary.

        • Why do you bother?

          There won’t be any “post-supervisor” Hudgins. She likes the power too much.

          • Mike M

            You give your neighbors too much credit. I’ll bet she wiil. She will be unopposed and the [email protected] will swarm the polls to pull her lever. By the way, she was JUST re-elected? There is a certain post-election rhythm to these obnoxious proposals such as the food tax, development bombs, etc.

          • Why do you bother?

            I’m one of those whom you so charmingly call “libtards,” and I’d sooner toss her in a lake than vote for her.

          • Mike M

            So maybe you can tell me why she has so many supporters.

          • Why do you bother?

            I have absolutely no idea. The mind boggles.

    • Restontimes

      Terry, the RCC and its associated Special Tax District #5 concern me greatly. Over the years I have seen the RCC taking on more initiatives than necessary, some way outside their charter.

      I also see secrecy, or I might say, a cabal forming behind the scenes among the RCC, various county entities (i.e. Fairfax Parks & Rec) as well as private stakeholders. There are so many issues affecting Reston’s future, yet the RCC gang appears to dominate the conversation.

      In my opinion, the RCC endeavor has gone way beyond its originating bounds, with nothing in place to govern its actions. I would love to get your thoughts.


  • cRAzy

    Why do all these renderings look like the Dulles Corridor will be built out of Legos by a 5-year old? Not a lick of creativity, much less beauty, in any of them. Individually, the buildings look like blocks; together, they look like crap.

    So what’s the DRB and the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee going to do about that when these drab drawings show up in front of them?

    • Greg

      Surely they will do whatever they can to make them look (more) like Shadowood.

    • dick

      Sadly, the DRB has NO purview over anything in the Dulles Corridor.

  • Mike M

    Does it matter that all these additional people and vehicles will be using the same inadequate road net? I think the county should say no until the developers pay for their burden in infrastructure. But alas, Cathy H and Sharon H will acquiesce faster than would any Republican, even. Why is that? Reston residents, you are getting screwed!

  • fdews

    Will there be a commuter drop off area on the south side of Wiehle Ave. metro?

    • Arielle in NoVA

      There certainly needs to be.

  • Rob

    Where’s the Bocce court?

    • cRAzy

      next to the Hooters….

  • MarkR307

    The general idea to build in those spots is excellent, it’s the same thing I’ve been thinking for many years. In case of Reston Crescent – it really is a massive wasted space right now, huge parking lots in between sparse office buildings. I like how they are not tearing down existing buildings, but intelligently adding new ones. As long as this is done with good planning and good architecture, I support this.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Those two buildings along Wiehle would get a lot of traffic noise – and would generate more traffic at that already-busy intersection. The developers should have to proffer a LOT for road improvements and some for schools if they’re allowed to do this. Also, what about shade? Setbacks? Looks like those buildings will be large and practically on top of the road. Just across Sunrise Valley from that spot is an older residential area.


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