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.

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