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Update: Plans for 44 Homes on 1.5 Acres Near Metro Move Forward

by Karen Goff October 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm 26 Comments

Lofts at Reston Station/Credit: Fairfax County

The Fairfax County Planning Commission has recommended for approval Pulte Homes’ plan to rezone a one-story industrial building into 44 residences at 1825 Michael Faraday Court near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

After a planning staff report recommended denying the application and the commission held a public hearing last week, the panel delayed making a decision until Wednesday.

Hunter Mill planning commissioner Frank de le Fe said he still had some issues with the plan for the Lofts at Reston Station — which jams 12 2-over-2 townhouses and 32 multifamily units into fewer than two acres of land.

The staff report asked the developer that a few units be removed to allow greater ease of movement and parking for emergency vehicles and trash trucks.

Pulte said that removing units would affect the number of homes set aside for workforce housing, de le Fe said.

“I really don’t like to go against staff on this,” de le Fe said Wednesday. “While not perfect, [the application] represents compromise. In this case, the compromise centers around design for two units at the end. If we did not keep them, the applicant has made it clear it would be difficult if not impossible to meet WDUs [Workforce Dwelling Units set aside for a lower price] with three bedrooms. WDUs are very necessary.”

The plan will next go to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for final approval.

The parcel is about one-third of a mile from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, and will eventually be connected by interior streets, including an extension of Reston Station Blvd, plans show.

The staff report also takes issue with the configuration of open space; the amount of surface parking (27 spaces, which they say should be in structured parking); a poorly designed pocket park; and lack of landscaping in connecting to public space.

Rendering of multifamily building along future Reston Station Blvd at Michael Faraday Drive/Credit: Fairfax County

  • RunDMC

    OK so, living in this area, who the hell will want to move into these townhouses? That’s an incredibly ugly business center complex, that stoplight is a nightmare to get in and out of, and good luck turning left out of the complex if it’s rush hour. It’s not within waking distance of ANYTHING except maybe Pizza Hut and McDonalds.

    *Maybe* once everything else gets developed in 10 years or so it *might* be in a semi-nice neighborhood location, but until then? Who’s gonna want to live there? Especially since it’ll be competing with Vornado’s plan for south of the toll road, which I don’t agree with but would be a nicer neighborhood.

    • jak1689

      Correction: The beautiful fast food triangle there is properly referred to as the McTacoHut

      • RunDMC

        Hahahaha I did NOT know that and will now be working it into conversation as often as I possibly can!

        • EliteinReston

          I didn’t know that either. What should we call the Potbelly-Chipotle-Chik fil A rectangle? PotPotleFilA?

          • Arielle in NoVA

            The Melting Pot? Oh, wait, that’s a different restaurant…
            Potpourri?
            Chicken-pot-pie?
            Chicky-chicky-pot-pot?

          • Guest

            Chi-A-Pot!

            Celebrate deliciousness at Chi-A-Pot, conveniently located off Exit 11 in Fanciful Bollards, Virginia.

          • Arielle in NoVA

            Love it! Like a Chia Pet, but edible.

          • Guest

            For the heck of it: Reston EAST versus Reston WEST.

            http://i.imgur.com/e8WxCsO.png

            http://i.imgur.com/J7uxN3c.png

          • Arielle in NoVA

            this is awesome

          • ah

            Your awesome

          • ah

            nah, its not old school reston. just call it “that spot across from Target”.

      • Nyla J.

        You must be a native. Nice one.
        This started back in the day when “we’re not dead, we’re just Reston” was also popular.

        • ah

          never heard that phrase.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Business as usual: approve pretty much everything. Not just emergency vehicles and trash trucks: school buses, visitors’ vehicles, snow plows… SNOW! Where will it go? WDU requirements or not, this is too jammed in and shouldn’t be allowed. Require the WDUs at the developer’s cost, or don’t OK it.

  • Edward Calvert

    Ok, as long as there’s mcdonalds and a pocket park..

  • Mike M

    Psst! Low-slung? Low-slug would belong in an article about the Presidential campaigns.

    • Karen Goff

      Ha. good catch. I changed it to one-story anyway.

  • Nyla J.

    This is truly a cluster, and not just by the Reston use of the term.

  • Robert Pew

    27 parking spots for 44 housing units. Parking on one side of the local street was removed to meet other needs. I guess these people are too poor to own cars.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      No way are 27 spots enough for 44 units plus their guests.

  • RestonGrandma

    Why do they even bother to review? They just approve every ugly thing some developer comes up with. No one will buy these; they will sit empty and be abandoned eventually and we will have another eyesore on our hands. So discouraging! There seems to be no way to stop these people until they completely ruin what was a nice place to live. The developers don’t care; they’ll get their money and be long gone. And what in the world is a “pocket park”. It’s clearly not a real park. Is it just a bathroom for dogs?

    • ClarendonBros

      The park at Reston Town Center I call The Dog Toilet. Awful. Such a joke.

      • EliteinReston

        Charge those dogs a “parking” fee.

    • restonista

      Pocket Park = Poop Park. Just not enough green space for humans and dogs to enjoy.

  • Edward Calvert

    I too am conflicted. I can’t tell you how many lunch hours I’ve sat in my car debating which wonderful restaurant to eat at, if not a little bit from all three !

    • ah

      lol! ive done 2

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