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Update: After Planning Commission OK, Sunrise Valley Project Moves Forward

by Karen Goff — September 16, 2016 at 10:00 am 6 Comments

Planned location of RP 11720/Credit: Fairfax CountyThe Fairfax County Planning Commission has recommended for approval a plan to tear down a 1980s office building at 11720 Sunrise Valley Drive and replace the building with 54 townhomes.

Rooney Properties’ plan now moves on for final approval by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, most likely in October.

The decision came at the planning commission’s Wednesday meeting, about two months after a public hearing on the project. The commission said then had some concerns with driveway size, garage size and delivery accessibility for Rooney Properties’ plans.

Office building at 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr.Since the 11720 project’s July hearing, the applicant went back and updated the development plan to show designated delivery area in the southwestern corner of property.

The planning commission and the county planning staff also had an issue in July with Rooney’s lack of proffers to provide transportation demand management (TDM) such as traffic lights.

The proposed project sits just across Roland Clarke Place where another Rooney property, the Marcel Breuer-designed former headquarters of the American Press Institute. That building, also owned by Rooney, is in the process of being torn down to make way for way for 34 townhouses and 10 condos.

Photos: Location of project, top; Existing office building, bottom.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Another #RestonFAIL/#BOSfail. Ugh. BOOO to the Fairfax County BoS and BOOO to Rooney.

  • Scott H

    This gets a big ‘meh’
    Reston has plenty of office building and API was ugly and abandoned.
    Now there will be 98 new members of RA that can begin complaining about assessments, malfeasance, and the Lake House boondoggle.

  • Karen Goff

    You may have this confused with another property. This was just recommended for approval yesterday and still needs to go to the board of supervisors for final approval. Here is the staff report http://ldsnet.fairfaxcounty.gov/ldsnet/ldsdwf/4533525.PDF It’s been approved for a conference center/office since 1969, but the residential part is a new plan.

    • One really

      Your correct! My point was more about the rubber stamp approvals for the developers.

      The area within the “Reston Metro transit station areas” might as well read “Redevelopment coming soon!”
      Like I said above I have no problem with Urban development. Build it high as you want. Just don’t expect the taxpayers to foot the build to improve the infrastructure (road, bridges, schools).
      That’s all I was trying to said. It’s Friday and I am getting lazy with my writing.

  • Greg

    We still need a cemetery, and soon!

  • cRAzy

    The Restonian says it best again: http://www.restonian.org/2016/09/bye-bye-api-it-too-late-for-reston.html . “one thing we’ve all learned in recent years is that greed never goes out of style”

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