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St. Johns Wood Development Group Returning to Design Review Board This Week

by Dave Emke July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

After being deferred “indefinitely” in April, the proposal to redevelop St. Johns Wood is again showing signs of life.

Reston’s Design Review Board will meet with representatives of the Bozzuto Group for a work session Tuesday evening. The discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m., prior to the start of the DRB’s regular meeting, at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

According to Mike Leone, Reston Association communications director:

“The work sessions are an opportunity for the Design Review Board members and the applicants to discuss and suggest revisions to a set of proposed plan. Unlike the full DRB board meetings, it is an informational meeting that allows everyone to ‘roll their up their sleeves’ and work together on ideas. The Design Review Board does not render any decisions at these sessions; therefore, no minutes are taken. The applicant does provide notice to the adjacent property owners and affected parties, so the work sessions are held as an open meeting so members can observe the sharing of new ideas and plans.”

Leone said RA has requested new drawings for the plan from the applicant but hasn’t yet received them.

The most recent redevelopment proposal from Bozzuto featured 481 multifamily units within two buildings on the 14.3-acre North Point property, where there are currently 250 multifamily units in nine buildings. At a work session with DRB in April, just days before the plan was deferred, both DRB members and residents spoke out about what they see as an imposing development being planned for a residential neighborhood.

“How do you insert this relatively high-density anomaly into an existing setting, an existing neighborhood that doesn’t have anything like this at all, and [the development] obviously scares people?” DRB member Neal Rosenberry said at that meeting. “It’s literally scary to think of this thing landing in that neighborhood up there.”

Leone said the work session will be recorded and the video will be available on Reston Association’s YouTube channel later this week.

  • Shaky Squirrel

    All hands on deck for this one, forget about RTC paid parking.
    Pick the fight that’s worth it.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Who says you can only fight one?

      • Greg

        I hope the squirrel was thinking about RA fights that cost us money. Nothing that the RA does comes cheap…

    • RestonAssurance

      Fight both, win both and take home the double glory…if we win both.

  • Donald

    This will ultimately be a BOS decision. If you’re bringing your voice to the DRB, wonderful, but don’t forget the county building needs the same amount of attention.

    Donald

  • 40yearsinreston

    as long as Hudgins, “development first, infrastructure never” is in their pocket, they will prevail

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