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County Supervisors Approve Plans for Vornado Development Near Wiehle-Reston East

by Jennifer van der Kleut — December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

Vornado's Wiehle Reston East development, photo via KTGY Group and Studio Landscape ArchitectureThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the rezoning of nearly 12 acres of office space near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station along with Vornado Realty Trust’s plans for its transformation.

The area, adjacent to the Metro station at Wiehle Avenue and Sunrise Valley Drive, will be redeveloped by Vornado into 1.5 million square feet of residences, hotels, restaurants and retail. Washington Business Journal first reported on the approval yesterday.

The nearly 12 acres have long been zoned as industrial. With Vornado’s redevelopment plan, three existing six-story office buildings will remain, but the rest will be transformed into a live-work-dine-shop destination for those who want to be close to Metro and Reston’s busy business corridor.

The development will include a seven-story building that will fit up to 200 residences, another 24-story building that will fit up to 300 residences, a new 22-story office building of more than 350,000 square feet, and a new 14-story hotel that will feature around 175 rooms, according to Vornado’s application as reported by the county.

These new buildings will be among some of the tallest in Reston.

Occupants of the new development will have access to both the north and south sides of the Metro station, from Sunrise Valley Drive via Commerce Park Drive. Retail and dining businesses would be on ground floors of the buildings and would aim to minimize car use.

The plans also include a total of 1.5 acres of open space, with small parks, bicycle tracks and a promenade along the businesses, and will feature public art including a water feature.

Residents of the development will also be Reston Association members, and therefore would have access to the pools, tennis courts, event and recreation opportunities that come with membership.

  • Todd

    Was there any indication they intended to make some sort of kiss & ride access for the development?

    • EliteinReston

      That was my question too, because as we all know Comstock and the county blew it on the unsafe, inadequate Kiss and Ride at Wiehle station. I hope they don’t make the same mistake again. The best thing that could happen is for Geico to relocate near the station. They could set up a booth at the Kiss and Ride to handle claims on the spot from people clipped by cars making those dangerous turns entering and exiting the lot and garage.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Because the BoS can’t leave bad enough alone when it comes to traffic and crowding.

  • Don’t worry The DONALD will bring us all back down to earth. He knows that all of this building came from money borrowed by the USA from China and etc. It might end up being a Chinese owned Ghost Town.

  • Mike M

    So, the parking will be adequate for residents, retail customers? Or they will all make due with the minimal parking planned, walking, biking, and Metro? Ha!

  • dudewe

    There is no Kiss and Ride and there is no commuter bus access from Sunrise Valley Drive. All the commuters from the south of Sunrise Valley Drive as will many between Sunrise Valley Drive and the Dulles toll road will, as now, have to cross the Wiehle Avenue Bridge. Had access to buses and drop-offs been provided on the south side they would have saved 10-15 minutes to get to the trains. This will go down in Reston history as the “Great Reston Train Robbery,” or the failure of Supervisor Hudgins to take a stand for Restonians and others who take Metro.

    • David

      It looks to me like there IS a Kiss and Ride for cars on the south side. It is called Cardinal/United Bank. From there it is a two or three minute walk to the pedestrian bridge to Metro. Or a bus stop on Sunrise Valley is just another minute away. Just pull up to the curb and drop off the commuters. Sometimes the common folks spontaneously create their own transportation improvements, like slugging. The bank is a better Kiss and Ride right now than the one in the Metro/County parking garage. Of course, the county will never allow buses to drop off at these points.

  • Enough!

    Please, please, somebody run against Cathy Hudgins!

    • Johnson

      NO KIDDING! get het OUT!

      • Johnson

        “her”

  • dudewe

    Crossing Sunrise Valley Drive during peak periods is hazardous to your health, especially if it is dark outside. Dropping off passengers at the bank will probably work until that property is redeveloped by the owner. Still, the goal should be to make getting to the Metro as easy as possible. And who wants to walk for three minutes in the rain and snow? And what about the older folks, the disabled and handicapped?

  • 30yearsinreston

    Hudgins is a disgrace and should be voted. Out

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