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Tall Oaks Village Center Redevelopment Groundbreaking Still Months Away

by Dave Emke — May 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm 8 Comments

Groundbreaking on redevelopment of the Tall Oaks Village Center is getting closer, but it is still at least half a year away.

According to information provided recently from the office of Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins:

“Supervisor Hudgins received notice from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services that the Site Plan for the Tall Oaks development has been accepted. The Plan number is 009550-SP-003-1. It generally takes about 3-4 months for review if all of the stars align and then bonding process begins for the project. At the earliest, it will probably be about at least six months before the groundbreaking would actually occur.”

The village center was bought in December 2014 by McLean-based developer Jefferson Apartment Group. Plans to redevelop the property into a mixed-use community were approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in July 2016.

The plan will redevelop 7.14 acres of the approximately 18-acre village center. It includes approximately 5,800 square feet of office, 8,500 square feet of retail and 156 residential units consisting of:

  • 70 condos in two four-story buildings
  • 42 apartments in units that are stacked two-over-two spread across four buildings that have exteriors designed to look like townhomes
  • 44 four-story townhomes

Green or open space will make up 36 percent of the development. Jefferson has provided an animated virtual tour of the plan.

Located on a dead-end of North Shore Drive off Wiehle Avenue, Tall Oaks Village Center struggled for many years before the redevelopment proposal arose. Its longtime anchor tenant, Giant Foods, closed in 2007 and further vacancies followed quickly afterward.

The 70,000-square foot center was 86 percent empty by the time the redevelopment was approved. Jefferson had conducted a market study that showed attracting a new retail anchor was not an option.

Rendering courtesy Jefferson Apartment Group/Reston Association

  • Waterlogged

    Yep, more boxes. Please tell me your architects and planners can do better.

  • Guest

    Whether the end result is a collection of residential boxes or a thundering tower of babel, the final product will look much better than a deserted parking lot and empty storefronts.

    • TheKingJAK

      Or it could just be reverted back to natural open space, or some other community oriented asset. Any assets which they’re now planning to add will be negatively offset by more residential crowding. Tall Oaks needs to be an asset for everyone already living in the area, of which there are plenty such residents.

      • Reston Resident

        Exactly.

    • Greg

      Indeed.

  • meyerweb

    They forgot to mention more gridlock. I’m another decade, traffic in Reston will be worse than in DC.

  • Restonian

    Cathy Hudgins, thanks for destroying Reston one block at a time.

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