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Nearby: Check Out Two Plans for Revamped Downtown Herndon

by Karen Goff — May 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm 18 Comments

The Town of Herndon has narrowed down proposals to redevelop a stretch of its downtown into a a mixed-use area featuring retail, office and residential development; a public/private parking garage; and an arts center.

The downtown redevelopment site is about 4.6 acres between Station Street to the east, Center Street to the west, south of the W&OD Trail, and north of Elden Street.

The town issued a Request for Proposals last fall and has selected plans from developers Comstock and Stout & Teague Company as finalists. Herndon is soliciting citizen comments, and will choose the developer this summer.

Highlights of Comstock’s proposal include:

Pedestrian Street/Arts Walk, with the arts center on one side and the loft housing on the other “with picturesque bridges on both ends.”

Station Street Retail Plaza, featuring ground floor retail, “perfect for a
restaurant.”

Elden Street Retail Plaza, which would be neighborhood-serving retail,
such as a coffee shop, bakery/deli, or small store, as well as a restaurant with outdoor
café space.

Vine Street, which is an extension of a new Vine Street through the site provides the desired pedestrian and vehicular connectivity and creates new frontage for the Arts Center along the W&OD Trail.

Stout & Teague’s plan, called Herndon Town Commons, features:

A 31,000-square-foot, three-story commercial condominium building that will incorporate the 18,000 SF Arts Center, 9,500 SF of retail space, and 3,500 SF of office space.

A 450 to 475 car, three-level garage will be placed in the
center of the site.

A hotel containing 100 to 120 rooms.

A 60-unit condominium building and 18 to 22 townhouses.

There will be a community meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at the  Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St. Representatives from Comstock and Stout & Teague will each present their proposals and answer questions.

There will be a public hearing on the project on Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. at Herndon Council Chambers.

Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Herndon Town Council will solicit comments from the public regarding the proposals. Citizens can provide comments with this online form.

  • kbikeva

    DEMAND to see their bike connectivity plans. If they don’t provide adequate bike infrastructure including parking, you need to ask for it.

    • Haw

      Bike paths are like that gym membership you get in January but never actually use.

      Good place for vibrants to ambush people, but not much else.

      • kbikeva

        Not true. I use them nearly every day, and they are full of people using them to get to school, work, and to get some fresh air. They are an essential part of the transportation/exercise network and Herndon is a better place for having them. They add value to homes that surround them and bring business to formerly stagnant neighborhoods.

        • Nope

          Not essential. Luxury, not necessity. Yet another thing that very few people use relative to the large number of people who have to pay for it.

  • Brenda Louis

    This looks awesome.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Haven’t seen the plans yet, but from the descriptions I much prefer the Comstock proposal.

    • Karen Goff

      You can click through on the lines (Where it mentions the developers’ name) to see the complete proposals.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        Right – I didn’t have time. But I’d much prefer walkable shopping there, with some residences above, than just a bunch of fancy housing. I drive by there a lot.

  • Guest

    Provisions for bike lanes and bike racks strikes me as an obvious requirement here, especially given the immediate proximity to the WO&D pathway. Not a luxury anymore, human -powered transportation is an absolute necessity for any redeveloping community.

    • Pffft

      Less than 1% of the population bikes to work, so “absolute necessity” is stupid hyperbole.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        That’s partly because a lot of people live far from where they work, but also because there are places near here where it’s hard to bike without being in the road. Near me, there are some path segments missing, which means walking in the street or in someone’s yard. More bike lanes, paths, etc. for bikers would encourage people to try going places sans engine-powered vehicle.

      • Darden

        Less than 1% of the population bikes to work because they are afraid of being killed by drivers like you, on roads designed only for drivers like you.

      • Tom H

        A small percentage of us use the area hospitals. These means we should get rid of them…

      • Observer

        That’s not the case in denser locations such as many areas in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and perhaps some of the newly changing areas along the Metro Silver Line. In many of those heavily populated areas, bike commuting can be as high as 10-20 percent or more. No, that doesn’t mean the entire DC region has a bike commute rate of 10%.

        But it does mean that a generic average really doesn’t mean anything. If 80% of the population of say Purcellville drives on a highway to get to the nearest grocery store, should we design all of the neighborhoods and cities based on those stats?

  • Guest

    The sense of scale and consistency of design with the surrounding area is great in these renderings. Would that Akridge, Boston Properties, and all the other greedy developers in Reston had the same “sense of place.” Herndon is a town, not a megalopolis, and it clearly has a vision of how to continue to make it attractive, inclusive, and vibrant.

    Would that our County leaders–you know who I’m talking about–had such a sense of place or, in fact, any sense at all instead making almost every commercial area a FAR 5 gigantic deposit of concrete and steel.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      Thank you for bringing this up!

  • Daniel

    A hotel with bike parking is a great idea. Herndon should be marketing itself to DC cyclists to bike out and stay in Herndon for a night and spend their money. Bike tourism will only get more and more popular, and the W&OD is a prime trail.

    • RunDMC

      Ooo that’s a great idea! I bike from my house in Reston down to Springfield all the time- I’ve never thought about getting a hotel room and making a night of it.

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