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Health Care Board to Discuss Kensington Assisted-Living Proposal April 3

by Dave Emke March 27, 2017 at 10:15 am 9 Comments

Kensington Senior Development LLC hopes to put an assisted-living facility on Sunrise Valley Drive, and the public is invited to give its input.

Fairfax County’s Health Care Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on the proposal Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the county Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax). At the meeting, a special-exemption application from Kensington to put the facility at 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive will be reviewed.

The sale of the property to Kensington by its current owners, the Good Beginnings School, is contingent upon the approval of the plan by the county.

The application is scheduled for a Sept. 27 hearing before the county Planning Commission. The Health Care Advisory Board, meanwhile, is tasked with reviewing the application from a health care perspective rather than land use, using criteria such as community and medical need, access to care, cost, quality, and continuity of care.

HCAB will make recommendations regarding the proposal to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission.

The current plan for Kensington’s proposed 91,000-square-foot Reston facility includes 91 units and 125 to 135 beds. The 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-story facility would feature underground parking. A representative from Cooley LLP presented the plan to Reston’s Design Review Board on Feb. 21.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the April 3 meeting of HCAB and provide comments. Anyone who wishes to speak should call 703-246-8664 by Friday. Written comments can also be considered, if they are received prior to the meeting. They can be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to HCAB Staff Coordinator, Health Department, 10777 Main St., Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Image via Cooley LLP/RA YouTube

  • Mike M

    I can’t imagine how this facility would fit in that space.

    • Donald

      Agree. For the affected neighbors this appears to be even more impactful than the proposed soccer field changes at North Point. Curious, as I am not aware of affected parties objecting.


      • John Higgins

        This proposal is as bad as the comments here suggest. Worse. Affected neighbors spoke at two DRB sessions in strong opposition to this sky-blocking intrusion. The DRB clearly agreed that the size and height were way out of proportion for this site. RA has been notably silent. Could it be that this is on the wrong side of the toll road to be of interest to RA?

        • Donald

          Mr. Higgins, you may be correct in your assessment.

          This goes to my concern in general regarding rezoning, redevelopment and new development on RA covenanted land.

          Where are the new board candidates on this monstrosity? What are their thoughts?


          • Eric Carr

            Donald, this proposal is patently absurd. It’s too big for the site and certainly out of character with the surrounding neighborhood. I agree with John that RA should come out with a statement to that effect, proactively, and try to nip this in the bud.

  • Sam

    Is there a site plan to reference to see how this would sit on the lot? I’m having a hard time imagining it. That is a very wide building.

    • Mike M

      I am thinking the developer is deliberately padding their proposal to get thrown into that “briar patch” of “concessions” down to what they really want.

      Then again, there is that monster development up by Circle K and the Bojangles. At one salient point, it almost hangs out over Sunrise Valley. So, preposterous can float around these parts.

      Sunrise Valley shall be a canyon.

      • I’d Rather Post As A Guest

        yes, the residential buildings at Reston Heights have proven to be too massive for the site. it is urban scale development in a suburban setting. (Oops! I guess that was the whole idea to begin with, and not such a good one at that. Not to mention the weirdly ugly parking garage)

  • Bernie Supporter

    Just one more eyesore that doesn’t belong in Reston. Mike is right. These developers in ask for everything and the kitchen sink — and every waiver and exception — hoping that what they really want is able to leak through. Affected groups from every area of Reston being wrongfully developed should get together, cover each other’s back, and speak out for one another. There is strength in numbers.


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