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Three Seats on Reston Community Center Board To Be Filled

by Kalina Newman — July 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm 6 Comments

There will be three seats available on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors come October. Bill Keefe, William Penniman and Vicky Wingert are coming to the end of their three-year terms.

Board seats are filled by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the results of a community preference poll. Candidacy filing for the poll is next month.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Board of Governors must complete a statement of candidacy between Aug. 1-15. The three outgoing board members have the option to nominate themselves again.

All residents of Reston’s District 5 can vote in the poll, which will run from Sept. 8-29. A candidate forum will take place Sept. 18. The Board of Supervisors will then make its appointments in October.

All residents of District 5 who are 18 or older are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the Reston Community Center website or call 703-476-4500.

  • OldHuntersWood

    RCC Board is filled with longtime occupants, may be time for some new young blood!?

  • Buyer Beware

    Just so you all know, the next RCC Board will probably be seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to build a Performing Arts Center in Reston Town Center North. This is RCC Director Leila Gordon’s fantasy–and it will cost all Restonians hugely through substantial increases to their Reston Special Tax District (STD) #5 property taxes both to pay of the bond to build Oz and to subsidize is almost certain routine operating losses because of its poor location. It is very much Tetra on steroids.

    Boston Properties, you know, the ones who are now charging you to park in Town Center, originally pledged to build such a center immediately across Sunset Hills from the Metro station on their own tab. In fact, you can see their concept for it in their renderings in this recent RestonNow article: https://www.restonnow.com/2017/06/08/new-boston-properties-development-would-link-town-center-with-metro/ . It’s the blue tinted area near the foreground. That location makes sense because of its proximity to Metro. Then check this for its disappearance: http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2016/may/19/commentary-restons-disappearing-performing-arts-ce/

    Town Center North makes absolutely no sense at all–and that is where the Comprehensive Plan and the County plan to put it now. Actually, we don’t need any major performing arts center at all given the fact that the County Board just approved the construction of a HUGE one in Tysons. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/capital-one-approved-to-build-wegmans-event-center-parks-in-tysons/ .

    Enough is enough.

    Here’s what the County’s has to say in its FAQs re a performing arts center in Reston Town Center North ( http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/restontowncenternorth/faqs.htm ):

    “Is the county considering a performing arts center within Reston Town
    Center North?

    “The county is not considering a performing arts center with Phase 1
    (Blocks 7 and 8), primarily due to other scope (library and shelter), but
    is also not precluding a performing arts center from being proposed in
    Phase 1. A performing arts center may be considered with the future
    Phase 2 (Blocks 1, 3 and 5) development.”

    So I encourage circumspect candidates to step forward, candidates who are willing to question and challenge Gordon and other Board members seriously, especially Bill Bouie–FCPA Director–who sees this as an opportunity to get another asset added to the FCPA portfolio without it costing cent of FCPA’s budget. For Gordon, it expands her empire magnificently. It does nothing for the community except raise our tax bill.

    • Leila Gordon

      RCC’s Board of Governors has repeatedly assured the public it is not interested in raising the tax rate that funds RCC. Two successive RCC Strategic Plans have affirmed the longstanding commitment to support the addition of another Reston performing arts venue to serve the needs of music, dance and other large stage-footprint offerings that aren’t adequately served by the CenterStage.

      During the Reston Master Plan Task Force deliberations, that need was reinforced and it’s included as one of 11 outcomes in terms of Parks, Recreation and Cultural amenities to be sought via the development processes associated with future development in Reston. RCC has encouraged any exploration of such a proffer whether at Reston Town Center, Reston Town Center North or at the Wiehle Metro Comstock project. We are interested in seeing a facility come to fruition for the benefit of the community. It is our expectation that it would be contributed and not built by RCC.

      In terms of the other facility priority for these most recent RCC Strategic Plans, we also pursued options to realize more indoor recreation public facility development – first with the potential of RA’s partnership, then with FCPA. In each case, the community was fully engaged and RCC’s leadership listened to the community. As a result, FCPA is committed to realizing a new comprehensive county indoor recreation facility at Reston Town Center North. This was the solution the community desired and the one we support and hope will come to fruition there.

      Lastly, I do not regard RCC and its facilities, programs and services as an “empire.” The RCC Board and staff serve the Reston community with passion and a commitment to mindful stewardship of the trust placed in us to use the community’s resources wisely. There is a wealth of information about our planning for and management of RCC available on our website in the “About Us” section under “Board of Governors/documents”.

      I urge anyone interested in our planning outlook to attend our meetings and to be involved with us. You will find an organization that is committed to serving the Reston community with the utmost transparency and dedication to the public interest.

      • Guest

        Ms. Gordon,

        How do you stand by your “longstanding commitment to support the addition of another Reston performing arts venue” AND “repeatedly assure(d) the public it (RCC) is not interested in raising the tax rate that funds RCC?”

        How does that work exactly?

        Also, you made no mention the now-planned location of the center in TCN (see. p. 170 of the Reston plan). Why does that make any sense?

        • Leila Gordon

          As I noted, we don’t anticipate building the venue. We hope it results from a proffer. With respect to where it is built we remain open to any possible location. It remains our goal to see development processes in Reston create the venue and we are not going to raise the tax rate or pursue a bond.

          • cRAzy

            Yet you still appear willing to manage the facility if it’s built, and it will lose money every year that it operates, especially if it is constructed in TCN.

            This is bad idea no matter how you try to dress it up.

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