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Tall Oaks Redevelopers To Meet With Design Review Board Next Week

by Katherine Berko — July 13, 2017 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Developers of the new residential community at Tall Oaks will present their plan to Reston’s Design Review Board during its meeting next week. The developers will seek approval of their plans for landscape and lighting, as well as site amenities and architectural elevations.

Tall Oaks Village Center was purchased in 2014 by McLean-based developer Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG). In 2016, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors took an unprecedented step when it unanimously approved JAG’s proposal to rezone, rebuild and transform the smallest of Reston’s village centers.

The plan is to build 156 homes, community space, 8,500 square foot of retail and about 6,000 square feet of office space in the location. JAG has provided an animated virtual tour of the plan.

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. Remaining businesses at the village center are in the process of deciding where to go once the redevelopment begins. The last remaining restaurants will all be out of their space by the end of the year.

The DRB meeting will be Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The public is invited to attend.

Renderings via Jefferson Apartment Group

  • Guest

    Reuse of this property is long overdue and the planning process thus far has been beneficial to all concerned in my view. This property should rightfully be for multi family/apartment/townhouse living. I hope that The DRB doesn’t attempt to strangle the builders with unreasonable requests for revisions or modifications.( And I am not affiliated with the Jefferson Apartment Group in any way)

    • Greg

      I could not agree more.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Please look at the diagram of this development and tell me how, in any way, it resembles a ‘village center?’

    JAG forced as many units into this footprint as possible while providing negligible public space and a meager 8500 sq ft. of retail. In no way should this farce with narrow streets and ridiculously little retail or guest parking be approved by DRB as presented. This is a developer grab for the maximum profit at the expense of the Reston Village Center model. Some people seem satisfied with this mess because Tall Oaks was vacant. A park there would’ve been preferable to this very poorly designed new cluster masquerading as something that could serve the public in any way. It will add more traffic to an already choked Tall Oaks neighborhood.

    Its long-time neighbor, Tall Oaks Assisted Living, will have a tough time accessing its building and not enough parking for guests/Staff… Too bad for them.

    RE: Traffic, an extra access onto Wiehle should have been required for safety reasons and some sort of public space, open and attractive to existing Restonians in addition to new residents, should be required.

    PS: The widths of the homes were REDUCED when the developer was informed by a Reston architect unrelated to JAG that supports for garage doors would not be adequate. God forbid they eliminate ONE unit per grouping to allow homes with more usable widths… This indicates that fine design did not figure into JAG’s value system… Greed wins out and the county P & Z approved this sad proposal. Future residents will be smashed in like peas in a can and an unattractive one at that.

    We knew early on from how JAG approached the public meetings for this deal that we would be disappointed. One winter night, a standing-room only crowd of concerned Restonians were herded into a freezing cold DARK Giant store shell with a loud generator for a few construction lights BUT ZERO microphones. No one could hear a word except the “lucky” few in the front row and the staged pro-plan merchant who miraculously changed his objection after he had been bought out by promises of a ‘prime’ location for his nail shop in the 8500 sq. ft. retail area. He got to shout out TWO lengthy support speeches whereas opponents were denied time or a suitable environment in which to speak.

    I hope the RA DRB takes this plan apart and makes whatever appropriate changes it can. Restonians, new and old, deserve so much better than this.

    • Conservative Senior

      It will not be a village center just a way for a developer to make lots of money & leave us with even worse traffic problems & over crowding. Thanks BOS & especially Hudgins!

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