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by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm 4 Comments

Assisted and Independent Living at Hunters Woods/Credit: Fairfax County

Several years in the making, work will soon begin on construction of a 230,000-square foot senior living facility at a former site of the United Christian Parish church.

Ground is scheduled to be broken on the IntegraCare facility at 2222 Colts Neck Road on March 30. The project, expected to be completed by 2020, will include 91 independent-living units along with 79 assisted-living units, 24 memory-care units and 16 units for high-acuity patients.

2222 Colts Neck Road/Google MapsThe 4.3-acre site was first approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 210 independent-living units in 2007, but the plan was later amended to the current design. The new plan was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in May.

The building is to be constructed in two wings, one along Colts Neck Road and the other along Reston Parkway. The former church building still stands on the wooded site, the entrance to which is roughly across from the entrance to Hunters Woods Village Center. A permit application to demolish the building was filed March 9 with Fairfax County.

This will be Wexford, Pennsylvania-based IntegraCare‘s first facility in Virginia.

Illustration via Fairfax County; Map via Google

by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 28 Comments

1808 Michael Faraday Court

A developer has submitted an application to rezone another property off Sunset Hills Road near Wiehle-Reston East Metro station to residential use.

Faraday Partners LLC has made the request for 2.9 acres at 1808 Michael Faraday Court to become a multifamily dwelling area. The Washington Business Journal reports the proposed project is a seven-story apartment building with up to 261 units.

Quoting the statement of justification, the project is described as drawing upon “traditional motifs that are reminiscent in design, height and historic loft-style industrial buildings found in revitalized urban areas.”

Michael Faraday Court is a short road off Sunset Hills with no outlet. In addition to the property in question, it is home to the SkateQuest facility and an office building.

A 2-acre portion of the site is currently zoned I-5 (general industrial), while the other nine-tenths of an acre is zoned I-4 (limited industrial). The site is the former home of the Academy of Christian Education, which moved to Parkridge Boulevard last year.

This is just another in an ever-growing list of residential projects proposed for the corridor east of Wiehle Avenue. Others include:

Numerous additional projects are in the works on the west side of Wiehle Avenue as well. In 2014, Fairfax County reworked Reston’s land-use plan to encourage such development in the area of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, as well as the future Reston Town Center and Herndon stations.

“In the future, the three station areas could become home to a total of 30 million square feet in offices and 28,000 housing units,” the county said in its announcement of the plan’s revision. “The plan aims to make [the Wiehle-Reston East] station area an education-focused neighborhood with housing that is well-connected to transit by new walkable streets.”

by RestonNow.com — March 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm 18 Comments

Eric Carr/RAVoting in the 2017 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run through April 3. We will be posting profiles on each of the candidates. Featured here is Eric Carr, who is facing five other candidates in the race for an At-Large seat. His opponents are Roberto Anguizola (profile), Mike Collins (profile), Charles Dorfeuille (profile), Ven Iyer (profile) and HeidiAnne Werner (profile). The six squared off in a candidate forum last week.

The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. Each candidate had an opportunity to answer the same questions in their own words.

How long have you lived in Reston? What brought you here?

I have lived here for 19 years. I picked Reston on purpose, and bought my first home here, because it felt like a different kind of community than the other places I’d considered in Northern Virginia. I loved the trees, the trails, the sense of togetherness. I also liked that Reston embodied ideals that were missing in other communities: multicultural, worldly, progressive, innovative, and a place for people of all incomes and backgrounds.

It felt like it meant something to be a Restonian, and I thought that was something I wanted my family to experience, especially my kids. I loved that. I wanted them to be from somewhere, not just from a bland, unremarkable suburb of Washington.

What inspired you to run for the board?

Nineteen years later, it feels like a lot of what I mentioned in that first answer is gone or eroding. It used to be that, driving around NoVA, you knew when you got to Reston. It doesn’t really feel like that anymore in many respects.

It is a very good thing that we have the Metro, because it connects us to cultural, educational, and sporting events downtown, helping to further broaden the experiences of our community. However, the Metro has brought a wave of redevelopment that was never anticipated in the Reston Master Plan, and it shows. The redevelopment will bring new neighborhoods into our community, which may or may not be part of the Reston Association, which may or may not connect to our paths and use our facilities and take part in our communal activities, yet they will also be Restonians.

RA was meant to be the connective tissue that makes Reston the single community that it is. If we get redevelopment wrong, however, we’ll start to look like all those other NoVA suburbs. That would utterly destroy Bob Simon’s vision. Redevelopment is in some ways inevitable, but this is a critical time when we can still shape what it looks like and how these new people fit into our community.

What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?

The challenges we now face, and will face over the next 5 years, are much larger and more complex than anything we’ve had to face, and so far the RA is not up to the task. The Board doesn’t hold the RA staff to account, and the RA staff doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing. Tetra, Pony Barn, bocce ball, Lake Newport Fields, indoor tennis, indoor rec center, the pool pass mess — these are just some of the recent disasters we’ve all had to endure. They all have a common theme, though: lack of a strong planning process from the outset and almost zero membership input before a decision is made. Over the past 5-7 years, the number of self-inflicted wounds has increased dramatically.

My three biggest concerns: The Board doesn’t hold the staff accountable. The staff makes decisions without Board or membership input. And neither entity has put together an honest long-term budget and planning process to anticipate changes and preempt problems.

The RA is the glue that binds all Restonians together. If we can’t do these three things, and soon, the RA will fail. It is already losing our members’ confidence. We have to turn this ship around.

What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?

The Board needs to do its job better. The coziness between Board and staff has led us astray, and has given us a Board and staff that do not respond to the membership. The Board needs strong leadership, needs the courage to ask challenging questions, have difficult conversations, and insist on results. Our Board of Directors represents us, the membership, and it has to insist that RA exists for the benefit of all of us. I think most people would agree that it doesn’t feel that way these past several years.

I want to put that spine into the Board, and I will lead by example. In an organization such as the RA, the Board exists to provide strategic oversight, scrutinize our finances, and ensure a holistic approach to fulfilling the membership’s needs. The Board is our voice. We elect them to speak for us. I want that to become reality once more. I will insist that the membership be involved in capital project planning and that all stakeholders are made aware of proposed changes to our community before decisions are made. I will have those difficult conversations with our staff. I will ask the uncomfortable questions.

How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?

I have lived here 19 years. I raised a family here. I have become involved in every aspect of what it means to be a Restonian. I have seen our community grow and change. I have the passion and deep personal attachment to Reston and my fellow Restonians.

I have served on corporate boards. I have lead teams large and small, and managed multi-million dollar budgets. I know what it means to serve on an effective board of directors, and I have done so. I have had those difficult conversations, and have reshaped large organizations around common, strategic goals.

For most of my 19 years here, I was content to pay my dues, go to work, raise my family, and enjoy the great amenities that we have here. The past several years, though, I haven’t been able to shake this nagging sense that we’ve derailed, that we’re losing our way. We are being overrun by the change, and this is the critical moment, where we can shape that change to keep the best parts of Reston. I am running because I feel compelled to help, and to apply my perspective, experience, and passion for our community, so that new families will feel about Reston the way I did 19 years ago.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED CANDIDATE PROFILES:

Pet of the Week: Cooper

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — March 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Cooper, an adorable terrier mix.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

Cooper is a beautiful little terrier mix with the most striking blue eyes. We think he’ll end up as nice medium-large size dog when grown, maybe around 35 pounds or so.

This adorable baby was so cooperative for his photo session as you can clearly see in his pictures. This great pup is a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company.

This extremely friendly little guy is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters.

Are you and Cooper a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by RestonNow.com — March 15, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

Roberto Anguizola/RAVoting in the 2017 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run through April 3. We will be posting profiles on each of the candidates. Featured here is Roberto Anguizola, who is facing five other candidates in the race for an At-Large seat. His opponents are Eric Carr (profile), Mike Collins (profile), Charles Dorfeuille (profile), Ven Iyer (profile) and HeidiAnne Werner (profile). The six squared off in a candidate forum last week.

The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. Each candidate had an opportunity to answer the same questions in their own words.

How long have you lived in Reston? What brought you here?

I have lived in Reston since 2008. I moved here from Chicago, Illinois, with my family to take a career position as a government consumer protection attorney. I was in private practice before moving here and this was a wonderful opportunity to serve and do meaningful work.

What inspired you to run for the board?

My children inspired me to run for the board. As the father of three children (2, 10, and 12 years old), I have a keen interest in maintaining and improving Reston’s recreational facilities and natural resources in an environmentally conscious manner. I want RA to continue offering a high quality of life now and for future generations.

What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?

  1. Aging Infrastructure. Most of our recreational facilities and amenities were built in the early ’70s. If we don’t invest in them and modernize them, our community will stagnate.
  2. Ongoing Development of Reston. The world doesn’t stand still and we are in the middle of re-development that is going to shape Reston’s future for decades. We need to do our best to shape that change is a way that will be positive for the community and seize on the many opportunities that it will bring. As a community, we need to lay the groundwork so that we are prepared to welcome thousands of new Restonians in the coming decade.
  3. Forward Looking Financial Stewardship. We need to balance necessary investment in Reston’s aging facilities and amenities with strong financial stewardship. Maintaining and improving a vibrant community is not free and nobody likes higher assessments. For this reason, we need to have tight budget discipline but also be open to partnerships with nonprofit groups and businesses that want to invest in our community through community use agreements, proffers and donations.

What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?

I love Reston and all of the amenities, programs and services RA offers. My goal as a board member would be to maintain and improve the high quality of life Reston offers for its community members in a fiscally responsible manner. The upcoming Board should focus on: (1) strategic investments in maintaining and improving Reston’s aging infrastructure; (2) positive and proactive engagement in ongoing re-development so that it can be steered in a direction that will inure to the benefit of the community; (3) long-term and forward-looking financial stewardship. In promoting these strategic objectives, the Board should encourage, incentivize and support RA’s wonderful professional staff without resorting to micro-management.

How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?

My professional and volunteer experiences have prepared me to serve as an RA board member. I have worked closely with RA as the President of Reston Soccer Association, a nonprofit sports organization. In addition, I volunteer as a coach for my son’s soccer team. In the past, I also served as a Cub Scout leader at HWES.

I have been a trial attorney since 1999 both in private practice (8 years) and in government (9 years). Over the course of my legal career, I have handled a variety of business and corporate governance matters. I am a graduate of Northwestern University (BA ’95 and JD ’99). I also recently completed the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellows program which is an intense year-long leadership development program for civil servants.

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by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

Police line

A D.C. woman stabbed a man in the arm last week in Herndon, police say.

The incident took place Friday in the 600 block of Elden Street, according to the Herndon Police Department’s weekly report. Police say 24-year-old Ronice Pannell stabbed the man after arguing with him. The victim was transported to the hospital, treated and released. Pannell was charged with malicious wounding and held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

In a separate incident, a 34-year-old Herndon man faces multiple charges including possession with intent to distribute PCP. Those charges were filed after the man, Lefonte Hogan, fled from an officer who attempted to initiate a traffic stop Thursday near the intersection of Elden Street and Alabama Drive.

Police say Hogan drove down Parcher Avenue and stopped in a wooded area at the end of the street before fleeing on foot. He was apprehended and charged with eluding, resisting arrest, destruction of property and driving on a revoked license, in addition to the drug charge. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Meanwhile, the Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, cell phone from residence

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cash from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business

Soapstone Drive/Stoneview Square, cash from vehicle

2000 block of Twin Branches Road, wallet from vehicle

2000 block of Wethersfield Court, license plate from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — March 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Morning Notes

Still Waiting for Willard’s — We reported in January that Willard’s BBQ would soon open at 11790 Baron Cameron Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center. On its Facebook page, the restaurant later said it was aiming for a March 14 opening. In a response to a follower’s question Tuesday, though, it now says it hopes to open by the “end of this month.” [Willard’s BBQ]

Red’s Table Chef Talks About Life of Cooking — Adam Stein, the executive chef at Red’s Table (11500 South Lakes Drive), talked with a culinary website about what fuels his passion for food. [The Daily Meal]

Young Professionals Event Slated for Brewery — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will host an event Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Crooked Run Brewing (22455 Davis Drive, Sterling). The event will be the kickoff of the Young Professionals Cocktail Connection Networking for the year. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

Reston-Based Company Sold — ObjectVideo, which develops video analytics software for automated security surveillance systems, is headquartered at 11600 Sunrise Valley Drive. The 19-year-old company, whose work has been widely used by the U.S. defense and intelligence communities, has been acquired by Tysons-based Alarm.com. [Washington Business Journal]

‘Rock of Ages’ Gets Good Review — Reston Community Players’ performance of “Rock of Ages” opened last weekend at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) and will play through April 1. A review says Chris Dore’s “sexy, fun” choreography does an excellent job “showcas[ing] very talented dancing in the ensemble.” Carole Steele’s costumes are said to be “transformative and appropriately gaudy” for the ’80s theme. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

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