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Longtime Family Land Off Hunter Mill Road For Sale for Possible Development

by Dave Emke — March 3, 2017 at 10:30 am 2 Comments

Golf Park at Hunter MillThe firm that is advertising Reston National Golf Course to developers also has plans for a pair of Hunter Mill Road properties.

The Washington Business Journal reports that 68 acres at the Reston/Vienna line, 46 west of the road and 22 east, are being pitched by investment advisory firm ARA Newmark for possible residential or other development.

The property west of the road borders Sunset Hills Road to the south, while the property east of the road abuts the Dulles Toll Road. The latter is the former home of the Golf Park at Hunter Mill, over which owner John Thoburn was infamously jailed by Fairfax County in 2001 due to a landscaping dispute.

The driving range closed in early 2015. Thoburn’s family had owned the land for more than four decades, the WBJ reports, until it was acquired by private lenders through foreclosure last year.

Property behind the former golf park site is already seeing heavy construction work, as it will soon become the new campus of Oakcrest School, a private girls’ school. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also has plans for a 16,500-square foot church at the intersection with Crowell Road. Roundabouts are being considered for that and several other intersections along Hunter Mill Road to handle increasing congestion in the area.

  • Big Blue Biscuit

    Despite the predatory ambitions of property developers over the years, the communities along the Hunter Mill Road have worked with the county to maintain the low density nature of the road. There is neither need nor appetite for dense development on this site – particularly as the transit oriented development in Reston, and other developments such as the GD HQ, the Oakcrest School and the proposed LDS church are yet to be be built out and their impacts yet to be seen.

    It seems very unlikely that the community will support any use other than the low density residential for which the sites are already zoned. The density gradient for the Transit Oriented Development sites are there for a reason and there is plenty of unbuilt capacity along the Reston-Herndon corridor.

    The Hunting Crest development showed that this area can be sensitively and profitably developed at ‘by-right’ density.

    We look forward to the Supervisors and County working with the community to ensure that unnecessary opportunistic density is not imposed on the community. A lot of trust was destroyed during the Oakcrest and LDS processes – this is a chance for our elected officials to stand by their communities,

    • 30yearsinreston

      You will be assimilated
      resistance is futile

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