Supervisors OK Plans for 54 Townhomes on Sunrise Valley Drive

by Karen Goff October 21, 2016 at 11:30 am 23 Comments

Plans for 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr./Credit: Fairfax County

There will be 54 more townhomes heading for the increasingly developing Sunrise Valley area soon.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval for Rooney Properties’ application to tear down a 1980s office building at 11720 Sunrise Valley Drive and replace the building with residential development.

Office building at 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr.The development will have quarter acre-pocket park located north of a private street that will run east to west through the center of the property. The park will include benches, a butterfly garden, public art, lighting and a bike rack.

To help make the connections to the two Silver Line stations, the developers will build six-foot sidewalks along Sunrise Valley Drive and Roland Clarke Place. The plan also incorporates a separate, 10-foot wide path for bicycles along Sunrise Valley.

Because the entrance to the community will be on Roland Clarke Place, the developers have a dedicated right of way for a future traffic signal at the corner of Sunrise Valley and Roland Clarke.

The new neighborhood will be located just across Roland Clarke Place from another Rooney property, the Marcel Breuer-designed former headquarters of the American Press Institute. That building is in the process of being torn down to make way for way for 34 townhouses and 10 condos.

The two new developments will join 385 residential units (plus retail and office) at VY at Reston Heights at Sunrise Valley Drive and Reston Parkway; 260 units at Lincoln at Commerce Park (slated for final supervisor decision Nov. 1); and a possible 1.5 million square feet of development planned for Vornado’s Commerce Executive Park at Sunrise Valley and Wiehle Avenue (also on the supervisors’ docket soon).

Photos: Rendering of plans for 11720 Sunrise Valley Dr., top; Current office building, bottom.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Grrr >:( BoS making bad decisions again, always in the developers’ favor. The API building should have stayed up, as it had historic and architectural merit. The stepped pyramid that’s on this property should also stay up, as it’s a nice building and we don’t need crammed-together townhouses and condos there.

    • Edward Calvert

      That entire south side of the toll road sounds like it’s going to be new construction sites. Combine with the dtr silver line mess and this entire area looks to be whacked well into the next decade with construction traffic etc.

      Karen highlights all the development in the article . That Vornado thing scares me. 2 million Sq feet with joint towers? There’s another good article in reston now (April 21 2016) that runs down all the stuff. I can barely keep up.

      Hopefully this will help to make sure the developers pay enough for roads and services before they carpet bag out of town.

      Ps nice emo ji lol

      • 30yearsinreston

        The developers will pay squat, except to Ms Hudgens pocket

    • Rational Reston

      Yes, by all means, let’s keep the empty unwanted buildings.

      • Mike M

        So, you buy the narrative that all these buildings are unwanted by anyone all at once and HAVE to be redeveloped into high density? I have some bridges I’d like to sell you.

        • i’m a commercial real estate broker, that building was and is a POS. terrible building, not oriented to metro.

          • Mike M

            Commercial real estate should dictate that our town become an metropolis?

            Mind you, expert. A commercial real estate genius built that!

          • Rational Reston

            Reston is along a major roadway (the DTR), and now on a Metro line. The whole Metro area is evolving, you can chose to bury your head in the sand and let time pass you by (look at places like Greenbelt, MD for example) or you can embrace some change. Removing some old unwanted buildings and deleting some unused office space seems like a good way to help Reston evolve.

          • Mike M

            My bridges are cheap. And for you, . . . Saturday specials!

            Look, the DTR has been here for decades. Metro was brought here with lots of developer “help.” The property owners made sure their properties were “unwanted.” It’s not clear that it was a great idea. It’s was all part of the same plan to feed Reston to the Developers interest.

            You could have evoked Detroit too, but it would be as irrelevant and Greenbelt to our situation. Since when does a sudden and mass conversion from low to high density become a necessary improvement? For the current residents, I’d call it a disaster.

          • Mike M

            Nor was Metro oriented to it!
            So, it simply HAS to be converted to high density residential!

        • Jenny Gibbers

          Its called mimetic desire and applies to businesses also because corporations are people too.

          That said you cannot go wrong going against the masses, just my thoughts


  • Restonite

    The traffic is getting bad already, poor decision-stop caving in to developers and protect the residents, our roads and natural areas.
    The development at Reston International-Reston Heights already looks like a big mistake, the took all the trees out, are building something heinous all the way up to the road.

    • Jenny Gibbers

      Cheap mexican cement and recycled steel from chyna make its possible!

      • FoetusBlow

        Been watching the debates, have you Ms. J…fascinating…wasn’t aware of Joanie Laurer’s new venture, though.

    • ah

      they dont care about the veteran residents, they only care about the money they are making. (meaning the BOS).

  • MWE

    South Lakes and Soapstones overpasses as well as the Town Center Parkway underpass should all be expedited.

  • 30yearsinreston

    The Bunker is to.be demolished

  • Chuck Morningwood

    For every new unit dumped into the margin between Sunrise Valley and the DTR between Reston Pkwy and South Lakes Drive, the pressure to develop the golf course increases. Anyone want to start a pool on how long it takes the BoS to cave on that?

    • Arielle in NoVA


      At the rate they’re going: a week?

  • First-time Home Buyer

    As a young person looking to buy my first property in the next few years, I am glad to see more options built. Becoming a homeowner in this area in a building less than 30 years old seems almost impossible – if I want a new-ish townhome, I seem doomed to move to Loudoun. I am glad to see some new development so that I have the option to stay in Reston in a small property in a dense neighborhood when I am ready to move out of my apartment. Have mercy on the youth!

    • One Really

      “Becoming a homeowner in this area in a building less than 30 years old seems almost impossible”

      Honestly, I’ve had very few problems with my house that is 35+ years old. I know people that brought in the late 90s and their houses are falling apart.

      Newer isn’t always better.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      Why do you think your first house has to be new? The whole point of having different types of housing – traditionally apartment, townhouse, SFH; now more like apartment, condo, townhouse, SFH – is to move up as you go through life and can afford more, or as you grow your family. People move out of smaller places into larger ones, with new ones being built as needed if there aren’t enough existing ones for area residents. Most people don’t – or didn’t used to – buy new their first time out, unless it was a newly-developed area (like early Reston). Instead, they buy what’s on the market from people moving to something newer or larger. Just like with cars. And household goods. You think you need new, new, new? I hope you’ve paid off your student loans.

      • One Really

        Well, said! I was thinking the same thing yesterday. 🙂

        I believe to many kids in this area think get use to their parents lifestyle. Then its their turn in the “real world” and its a shock.

        “What do you mean I can’t afford a 4K square house and BMW on this salary!” This is what I am use, OMG!!! I am calling my Dad.


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