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Controversial St. Johns Wood Plan Will Get More Time for Tweaks

by Karen Goff — October 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

St. Johns Wood plans/BozzutoBozzuto’s plan to more than double the size of St. Johns Wood apartments will not go before the Fairfax County Planning Commission later this month.

The plan — which has received heavy criticism from nearby North Reston residents — will turn the 250 units in nine garden-style buildings into 467 units and 46 townhouses. They will be rental units.

That’s scaled down from the starting point for 625 units in 2014 and then 511 units and 51 townhouses in an amended plan earlier this year.

The public hearing, scheduled for Oct. 26, has been moved at Bozzuto’s request to a date TBD, according to the planning committee agenda. This will give Bozzuto more time to tweak the plan and respond to citizen concerns.

Some of the complaints from residents: poor design; too much development too far from the future Reston Town Center Metro station; traffic on Center Harbor and North Village Drive; and parking on side streets.

St. Johns Wood is in a wooded, residential area across from North Point Village Center.

Bozzuto reps have said the complex at Reston Parkway, North Village Road and Center Harbor Road was identified for high density as far back as when Reston was first planned in 1964.

Meanwhile, Reston Association’s Board of Directors has sent a letter to Bozzuto detailing its concerns about the redevelopment plans. RA president Ellen Graves says the St. Johns Wood application “does not conform to the site-specific, detailed and unambiguous recommendations of the Reston Master Plan.”

RA does not have approval capabilities of the application. It can take a stance, but the decision ultimately comes from the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

See the entire RA document below.

FINAL 092816 RA Letter Regarding St Johns Wood Application (1) by Karen Goldberg Goff on Scribd

  • Takingthelongview

    The so called “scaled down” plan for St. Johns Wood is scaled down only in the sense that the proposed project was unfathomably large and damaging to the environment, traffic/pedestrian safety, and property values of the neighborhood, and now remain merely ridiculously so. Any further “tweaking” by the developer, Bozzuto, is a bit of a con game: starting by asking for way too much only to make “concessions” to something that is marginally less offensive, but that remains in violation of the County’s adopted Comprehensive Plan.

    Bottom Line: Neighbors and all citizens of Reston need to be vocal in their opposition to the St. Johns Wood redevelopment. Let all the County
    Supervisors know your strong opposition to this assault on the neighborhoods of
    Reston outside the Town Center.

    • Mike M

      The pattern of behavior is unmistakable.

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