Progress Report: Construction Underway for Excelsior

by Karen Goff October 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

Construction of Excelsior

Dirt has begun turning for construction of Excelsior residential project in Reston.

To review, this is a plan for two buildings with a combined total of 457 residential units on five acres of the 22-acre Oracle campus at Sunset Hills Road and Old Reston Avenue.

Excelsior Parc/Credit: Lerner EnterprisesThe project was first proposed by Reston Excelsior LLC (a division of Lerner Enterprises) in 2oo6 and was sent back from the county several times for changes that were finally approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2010.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission had recommended denial of the plan for two 15-story towers because they seemed out of scale with Plaza America, Reston Parkway and surrounding areas.

However, a lot has happened since 2010. The Reston skyline has come to include The Harrison, Midtown, BLVD and plans for a 23-story office tower, among other buildings. So 15 stories seems rather modest.

Excelsior was back before the supervisors in July, where it got a requested parking reduction of 16.4 percent. The buildings had originally been approved for 820 underground parking spaces. The buildings — located in between the Wiehle-Reston East Metro and the future Reston Town Center Metro — will now have 612 spaces, including 58 designated for guests.

The Excelsior is planned to have 212 studio/one-bedroom units;  202 two-bedroom unites; and 33 three-bedroom units. The development will include 1 acre of open space.

Renderings courtesy Lerner Enterprises 

  • RunDMC

    I know I sound like a broken record with this…

    A lot has changed since 2010 EXCEPT FOR THE SIZE OF THE ROADS.

    • jak143423

      Don’t worry, there’s a new Capital Bikeshare station right across the street.

      Also, adding more lanes would make the road even worse (less pedestrian friendly and just more congestion) and adding more connections to North Shore would probably increase traffic on there too much.

      Fairfax County needs to find a way to utilize 267 for more Reston/Herndon local traffic since it’s a nice east-west artery that is mostly there anyway (that people ignore because of the toll).

      • Mike M

        Because, remember this logic, more roads equal more congestion. Whereas more traffic on the same roads is . . ., oh wait, even worse congestion. Dang! It’s hard being a leftie.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Just what Reston needs: one more butte for our budding concrete canyon.

  • Joe Heflin

    There are now approximately 2,000 rental apartments under construction near RTC and the Weihle Metro. Another 1,400 have opened in the last year.

    Is there a market for all of this rental construction?

  • chawkjr

    For those that believe more roads = more congestion: think Arlington/Rosslyn or Alexandria. Show me a road in any of those areas that is not congested almost 24/7.


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