Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
The following articles were the five most-clicked links on Reston Now this past week.
- Too Many People in Small Space Results in Postponement of Meeting on Increasing Density Cap
- Herndon Big Lots To Close Its Doors Oct. 15; Lotte Plaza Market To Take Its Place
- Bike Lane Leaving Reston Town Center; Muse Paintbar Ready To Fill the Space
- Town of Herndon, Developer Comstock Agree on Proposed Downtown Redevelopment Project
- Leesburg Man Charged in 2001 Killing of Reston Man
The postponed meeting (which received some attention on Reddit forum r/NotTheOnion) was followed up by the Reston Association Board’s discussion of the proposal at their Thursday meeting. A rescheduled meeting — in a larger space — will be announced a later date, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins says.
Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally. Have a great weekend!
After hearing a report on the latest plans for a capital project at the Pony Barn Pavilion, the Reston Association Board of Directors still had a lot of questions.
At their meeting Thursday (video), directors heard from Chris Schumaker, RA’s capital operations manager, who presented the most recent information gathered on the project. Schumaker presented the project budget overview, proposed scope options, DRB recommendations for Pony Barn, and a structural analysis of the site.
The Pony Barn pavilion replacement was first approved by RA in 2013, at a cost of $30,000. RA later approved, as part of the 2016-17 capital projects budget, $350,000 for a full-scale renovation project. That money has been locked up since last July, however, when RA put major capital projects on hold in the wake of the controversy over the Lake House purchase.
As the Pony Barn Working Group seeks those funds to be released so the project can get underway, the Board is being presented with four options for the project, with playgrounds and handicap-accessibility being the main variables.
Residents with disabilities have been particularly vocal about their desire to see the facility upgraded to become accessible to them. At Thursday’s meeting, a video of nearby resident Audrey Diggs was shown, demonstrating her inability to access the park with her two children.
While directors agreed accessibility is an important goal for the project, some were displeased by the ramp design included in the proposal, which features up to 7.5 percent grade and multiple switchbacks. Larry Butler, Reston’s senior director of parks, said the Working Group emphasized minimal impact to trees and green space, which resulted in the presented design.
“I really don’t like what it looks like, especially in a natural setting like this,” said John Mooney, North Point District representative. “You talk about it being landscaped better, and perhaps that would be possible [but] I would love to see an elevation view.”
All plans on the site would need to receive final approval from Reston’s Design Review Board.
A recent DRB inspection of the site showed visible erosion and exposed soil; discolored, damaged, rotted and mismatched portions of the pavilion; an incorrectly installed entrance kiosk; and unapproved removal of the tot lot. The roof also missed a scheduled replacement in 2014, as it has been delayed in anticipation of the renovation project, and a drainage pipe beneath the entrance is in need of replacement.
A structural inspection of the site by engineering firm Keast & Hood reported the overall structure to be in good condition. However, directors questioned whether it may not make more sense to tear down the aging pavilion and build a new one from scratch that better meets the needs of the community, including those with disabilities who may have difficulty maneuvering around posts in the pavilion’s center.
The Board decided to ask staff to come back in October with cost estimates for other ramp options, as well as for options to replace and/or redesign the pavilion itself. Victoria White, Hunters Woods/Dogwood District representative, emphasized that any redesign of the facility would need to be of a similar rustic character.
“That’s part of what the community wants,” she says. “They don’t want a pre-fab structure, and I think that is an inappropriate place for a pre-fab structure.”
The Board also passed a motion, presented by Mooney, indicating that it recognizes the need for a “useful, beautiful” facility on the site that is accessible with appropriate playgrounds or tot lots, and it wants to do that “as soon as we can responsibly.”
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The holidays are a time where we somehow find the time to do our regular schedules, additional shopping outings, parties and gatherings of family and friends.
During times like this, having some extra multitasking appliances in the kitchen can allow you the time to sit and enjoy your guests or buy that last-minute gift. Below are the appliances we recommend for the next holiday party you host:
Built-in Refrigeration: Having extra refrigeration without taking up too much space during the holidays is a must. The CoolDrawer is a cooling drawer that handles frozen food, fresh food and wine — you can choose your option so you can keep extra ice or chill a bottle of wine for the party, or keep the extra groceries until you are ready to cook
Power Blender/Food Processor: Food prep can take the most time when preparing for a party, but with a little Ninja power, it can be a breeze. A Ninja comes in several different sizes and models. You can buy an individual food processor from Ninja or a complete set that includes a blender, single-serve cup, food processor and spiralizer. With a Ninja, it is easy to chop, blend food, crush ice, make smoothies or pesto.
Crock-Pot: Crock-Pots are a kitchen’s best small appliances. With a Crock-Pot, you can set and “forget” meal, keep things warm during a party in them. They are great to feed your family or friends a healthy meal, and because you can get them in multiple sizes, you can create a big meal or a small side in them. Another great benefit of a Crock-Pot is if you are not the host of the party, you can purchase a Crock-Pot holder to take your meal on the go.
Steam Ovens: Like having extra refrigeration, having an extra oven that doesn’t take up the same amount of room as your regular oven while having the industry strength will save cook time when getting ready for your next family gathering. The Miele Combi-Steam oven is a small 24-by-24 oven that is big on function. A Combi-Steam oven harnesses the power of a convection oven with steam cooking and speed.
Hand Blenders: To quickly whip something up without the mess of taking out your blender or food processor, a hand blender like the Cuisinart SmartStick is a kitchen must. The Cuisinart SmartStick comes in six different models. The basic model, called the quick prep, is a one-speed hand blender. With the more advanced models, you can whip, chop, mash, blend and store it all in the drawer.
What are some of your favorite holiday kitchen must-haves?
“Experience the beauty and vibrancy of the Lake Anne Community as the Plaza comes alive with artists painting en plein air. Join in the fun by painting or watching the artists as they work. Purchase an original artwork to take home. And while you’re at Lake Anne, don’t forget to vote for your favorite painting and enter the drawings for door prizes. Winners will be announced on Sunday at 5:30. The event will be held rain or shine.”
The event is being produced by the Lake Anne Merchants Association and the Friends of Lake Anne. It is sponsored by Pat and Steve Macintyre along with Reston Art Gallery & Studios. For a full schedule and information about how you can participate, check out the event details.
There is plenty else scheduled to take place this weekend in the area as well. Take a look at our list below.
(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)
- Reston Association’s semi-annual yard sale (8:30 a.m. to noon) and the Reston Expo (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are both scheduled for Saturday at 1900 Campus Commons Drive.
- The JamBrew series wraps up this weekend in Herndon. Tonight, live music will be offered from Right On Records, Tommy Gann and Todd Wight, and Black Masala. The free event is slated for 6-10 p.m. at the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.). On Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m., the OktoBrewFest will rock the town green. Music will be provided by Bach 2 Rock, Darlingtonia, Unsullied, Dr. Robinson’s Fiasco and Throwing Plates. There will also be cold beverages from Aslin Beer Co., wine, nitro brew coffee from Weird Brothers Coffee, pizza from Brama Italian Cuisine, Nordic Knot Pretzels and much more.
- In celebration of 11 years of service to the community, the Southgate Community Center (12125 Pinecrest Road) will host its annual Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. According to information provided by the center, the event will include giveaways, music, moon bounces, refreshments and games.
- Chicano rock band Quetzal will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) as part of Reston Community Center’s Professional Touring Artist Series. Tickets are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-residents.
- Friends of the Reston Regional Library will be continuing their fall book sale through the weekend at the library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive). The fundraiser for the library will be open until 5 p.m. today; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
- “Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo” will be on view at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through Nov. 18.
- The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
- The 16th annual TFcon, a convention for fans of the “Transformers” franchise, is taking place this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Reston (1800 Presidents St.). Check out its website for the full schedule and admission prices.
- Pulitzer Prize-winner display “Disgraced,” exploring Muslim assimilation and identity in America, will wrap up this weekend at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon). Performances are tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 8 p.m.; and at a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets range in price from $17.50 to $55.
- The National Kidney Foundation’s Northern Virginia Kidney Walk is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Reston Town Center. Proceeds benefit awareness of kidney disease, a top 10 public health problem.
- Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
- Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from The Vandalays tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits during those hours Saturday night.
A pair of reoccurring themes emerged as members of the Reston Association Board of Directors shared their opinions about Fairfax County’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment on Reston’s Planned Residential Community density.
The Board must be bold in the fight against the County, and infrastructure plans need to be in place before any density increases can be considered.
At Thursday’s meeting, eight members of the Board each shared their personal thoughts about the proposal to increase the overall limit on people per acre in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) District — which does not include most of the community’s Transit Station Areas — from 13 to 16. The plan would also give the County Board of Supervisors the ability to approve individual developments in excess of 50 dwelling units per acre in TSAs within the PRC and when in accordance with Comprehensive Plan recommendations.
Those areas that would be marked for major residential development include all of Reston’s village centers, and citizen activists warn that the combined effect of these changes could result in the population of Reston tripling by 2050.
Cathy Hudgins, Fairfax County supervisor from the Hunter Mill District, had scheduled an informational meeting on the proposal earlier this week, at the suggestion of the Reston Association Board. However, that meeting was postponed because the size of the turnout from the community caused concerns about the fire code at Lake Anne Elementary School’s cafeteria.
(According to Hudgins’ Sept. 28 newsletter: “At this time, a new, larger location for the next public meeting on the Reston PRC has not yet been scheduled. An announcement will be made as soon as details are confirmed.”)
Excerpts of each of the directors’ statements are shared below. To hear their comments in full, check out the video from Thursday night’s meeting.
Sherri Hebert, Board president and Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District representative:
“We can collectively say as a Board [that] we will be bold. We will stand strong. We will wait for the County to answer questions [and] we will continue to ask the questions until we get the answers we need. What I hear mostly, and I agree completely, is ‘infrastructure, infrastructure.’ … I feel like Reston is going to disappear if we don’t take a stand as a Board and as a community. … We’re coming at this in all different directions, and we need to continue to do that, in all directions. We need to be making our voices known.”
Sridhar Ganesan, Board treasurer and At-Large director:
“We need to stay at 13 [people per acre cap]. There is no reason to increase the density from 13 to 16 anytime soon. Let us get all the proposals, let the buildout happen based upon the existing density limit. Anything that we do really needs to be supported by infrastructure plans. Without infrastructure plans, I say no PRC amendment at this stage. We stay where we are, and I really think that as a Board and as RA, we need to be front and center — take leadership in order to make sure that we are behind the community on this.”
Michael Sanio, Board secretary and At-Large director:
“I was impressed that we have the kind of political leadership we do that actually resides within the community, [but] I’m really concerned that for whatever reason, that political leadership doesn’t appear to be hearing us. I ran for the Reston Board and no other organization because I recognize that the Reston Association is the only organization that has the potential for representing all individuals that live here in Reston. … We need to be bold. We as an organization need to be bold and we need to speak and represent the members of the community.”
Victoria White, Hunters Woods/Dogwood District representative:
“The Board should be working hard to ensure that the County is effectively communicating with the community about what the plans are for managing infrastructure. I was so excited to see so many people out on Monday night, but I was a little disappointed that folks closer to my age weren’t showing up. The thing I have to say to folks with kids in school, and folks who haven’t had kids yet — this matters. If matters if the County is not planning for how many kids are going to be in the schools.”
John Mooney, North Point District representative:
“I recommend that RA should press the County on four key points. First, a detailed justification of proposed zoning ordinance caps. … Secondly, we should insist on letters of understanding with appropriate county agencies on the earmarking of proffers from the new PRC and TSA development to be used for infrastructure within Reston to accommodate those new developments. … Third, similar letters of understanding committing to actual construction of infrastructure at pace with development. … Finally, amendments to key, problematic sections of the Reston Master Plan in coordination with the present zoning ordinance amendment.”
Julie Bitzer, South Lakes District representative:
“I think we owe it to each other and we must ask our County to honor and embrace our community. We may not be a formal town, in the municipal element for the county and state, but for all intents and purposes we are a town. We call ourselves Restonians, whether we live in the north, the south, Reston Town Center. We’re Restonians and I think we deserve more than the failings of advance planning and delivery to us of infrastructure, education and recreation.”
Eric Carr, At-Large director:
“My feelings on the proposal itself are clear, and those of you who know me know where I stand. I agree, we need to hold the line at 13. Reston is a planned community. The roads, schools, parks, pools, paths, courts and housing were mapped out over 50 years ago. When they did the math, taking into account of all these amenities, they came up with 13 people per acre. We’re approaching that number and, looking around our community, I’d say we’re right on target. Reston is built out and complete, just as it was intended to be from the start.”
John Bowman, At-Large director (appointed earlier in the meeting to fill the seat vacated by Ray Wedell):
“I think it’s clear to every one of us that the County doesn’t have the same vision of Reston that we do, that we bought into, the reason we live here. We do have to be bold, we have to be passionate. But we can’t be irrational. … We are the voice of 48,000 voting people, and it’s about time that we leverage that.”
(David Bobzien, Board vice president and Apartment Owners’ representative, was not present for the meeting.)
Screencap via Reston Association/YouTube
24-Minute Wait Times for Metro This Weekend — Silver Line trains will run only between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston, every 24 minutes, to coordinate with the work on the Orange and Blue lines. [DCist]
Theater Costumes Available — NextStop Theatre Company will hold its annual costume sale Saturday from 7-11 a.m. at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center St.). According to the theater, items available include “wedding dresses, to furs, to Cinderella’s ball-gowns, to stunning men’s suits” along with sweaters, vintage jeans and other items. [NextStop Theatre Company/Facebook]
Ted’s Bulletin Owner Will Sell — The future of the chain, which includes a restaurant in Reston Town Center (11948 Market St.), is unclear as Matchbox Food Group prepares to sell it to &pizza co-founder Steve Salis. [Washington Business Journal]
Transformers Fans Descending Upon Reston — TFcon, a “Transformers” fan convention, is being held for the 16th time. It has been held almost exclusively in Toronto area; however, this year, it is being held at the Hyatt Regency Reston (1800 Presidents St.) today through Sunday. [TFcon]
On Fridays, we take a moment to thank our advertisers and sponsors:
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Thousands of books are available for purchase this weekend during the semi-annual sale by Friends of the Reston Regional Library.
More than 750 boxes of books, CDs, DVDs and more were donated to the cause for this event at the library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive), which focuses on books geared toward adults. Science fiction, religion, romance, cooking, sports, history and many other genres of titles are available. Small paperback books are available for as little as 50 cents, with hardcovers books priced as low as $1.50.
According to information provided by the Friends, the nonprofit organization has raised more than $700,000 for the library through its book sales over the past 15 years. In addition, it has been able to donate $200,000 to direct library support programs — including $100,000 in eBooks, $25,000 in children’s series books, a Braille printing station for the Access Services branch, librarian scholarships and more.
The sale began continue through Sunday. It will be open tonight until 8 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Friends’ next sale will be the puzzles and games sale, scheduled for Oct. 26-29, followed by its Holiday Sale in early December. A book sale for children, teens and educators is scheduled for March, followed by the Spring Book Sale in April.
Friends of the Reston Regional Library is made up of nearly 100 active volunteers who donate over 10,000 hours a year to process donations, run sales and reach out to the community.
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) September 28, 2017
Check out these “Throwback Thursday” photos of the early days of Station 25, Reston, posted on Twitter today by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Soon, the station as it has been known by longtime Reston residents will change forever.
The station, at 1820 Wiehle Ave., was built in 1972 and last renovated in 1986. It was one of five fire stations approved for replacement and/or renovation under the county’s 2015 Public Safety Bond Referendum. The new fire station on Wiehle Avenue, according to the county’s Capital Improvement Plan, will cost about $13 million. It is needed due to “outdated infrastructure and critical operational space deficiencies.”
The work on the new station is estimated to take place from spring 2019 through late 2020.
While the permanent station is being replaced, a temporary fire station will stand at 1800 Cameron Glen Drive. The Fairfax County Planning Commission unanimously gave its OK to the plan for the temporary fire station earlier this month, and the County Board of Supervisors did the same at their meeting this week.
You can see more historical photos of the Wiehle Avenue station at the FairfaxFirefighters.org website.
Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 W. Ox Road, Herndon), known for its kids’ activities, is now offering a program led by Middleburg-based Empower Adventures that “can be customized to meet a company’s specific goals,” according to information provided by the Park Authority.
The Park Authority says it is offering “farm-themed activities” that tackle issues including individual accountability, increased efficiency, the importance of strategy, communication, prioritizing and problem-solving. The activities are designed for groups of 10-50 people.
The Park Authority says:
Program packages include two or four hours of team-building activities followed by an equal amount of meeting time. Free indoor Wi-Fi and use of the park’s picnic pavilion are included. To make the day away from the office even more productive and fun, companies can add options such as wagon rides and farm tours, a sound system and projector, and extended meeting space time and break-out space.
For more information, including prices, call 703-437-9101 or visit the park’s website.
Quetzal is the collaborative project of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion). The musical ensemble is influenced by an East L.A. rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk and fusions of international musics, and also one whose political vision is based in social activism, feminism and the belief that there is radical potential in expressive culture. During the past two decades, the musical force of Quetzal has created a unique cultural platform that has sounded against conditions of oppression and marginalization. On the 20th anniversary of their first flight, Quetzal introduces us to another sphere of being, one that challenges us to reimagine human life in relation to the other forms of life that we are so often connected to and through.
Tickets for the show, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-residents. The show will take place at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).
The show is also in celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, according to information provided by RCC.
The full 2017-18 Professional Touring Artist Series runs through June 2.
“This series brings you musicians from Guinea and Ukraine, bands from Los Angeles and Chicago, the political climate of American’s National Parks and the climate change of Jurassic Park, not to mention a secret octopus,” said Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC’s director of arts and events. “The arts are a signature element of what makes Reston such a great place to be. We invite you to share these indelible experiences and see why art and community intertwine so beautifully in Reston.”
Fairfax County is celebrating the 275th anniversary of its formation, when in 1742 it was split off from Prince William County to be a separate county encompassing what we now know as the current county plus Loudoun and Arlington counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. It was named for Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax, who had a proprietary of 5,282,000 acres. For a time a part of the county that is now Arlington County and the City of Alexandria was a part of the 10 square miles that made up the District of Columbia, until those jurisdictions were returned to Virginia.
Fairfax County is compared today with jurisdictions throughout the country as it leads in economic growth and development in many ways. That national comparison was not always appropriate. In its early years, it was a struggling community, raising tobacco with the labor of enslaved black persons. By 1749, the county’s population was 28 percent enslaved persons; by 1782, that number had reached 41 percent.
The county’s early fame came from its two most important residents: George Mason, who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Constitution and whose work led to the Bill of Rights in our national Constitution; and George Washington, who as our first President brought the country together and whose service in office set important precedents that continue today.
Surprisingly, Fairfax County voted with the South to secede from the Union leading up to the Civil War. While the County was not the scene of major military battles, there were many skirmishes and an almost constant flow of troops passing through it. After the war and Reconstruction, investments started to flow to the county that helped its recovery. Although still an agricultural community at that time, the following decades brought significant changes that led to the community as we know it today.
Not surprisingly, one of the big issues was transportation. In the early years most settlements were along the rivers that provided a means for transporting tobacco and crops. As inland developments occurred, there was no governmental mechanism for building roads. Those that were in place were narrow without a hard surface. New turnpikes supported by tolls included the Little River Turnpike, Columbia Turnpike, Leesburg Turnpike and Falls Bridge Turnpike. The start of railroads before the Civil War accelerated with the electric trolley lines that followed. It is estimated that as many as a million passengers or more were carried per year by the Washington, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon electric railways that ran 30 trips per day.
The growth of the federal government after the Great Depression and the World Wars brought huge growth to Fairfax County. Its population of 40,000 grew to 98,000 in 1950, and by 1970 was 454,000. It is now approaching 1.2 million people. Recognized as among the best places in the country to live and to start a business, we have clearly left behind our humble beginnings.
It is worthwhile to remember our history and the 275th anniversary provides many different opportunities. (www.fxva.com/275/)
Reston Association Board Meets Tonight — Directors are scheduled to give their thoughts about Fairfax County’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment on Reston density, appoint a new member to the Board and make decisions on budget items, among other actions and discussions. [Reston Now]
Search Warrant Gives Details of Nabra Hassanen Killing — The newly unsealed document reports that the man accused of killing the Reston teenager in July led police to her body after officers found him in his blood-stained vehicle. [Washington Post]
Fall Book Sale Starts Today — The Friends of Reston Regional Library will be hosting their semi-annual fundraiser sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. [Friends of Reston Regional Library]
Sound Artist at GRACE Gallery Tonight — Alex Braden will perform a new piece composed in direct response to “Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo,” now on display at the gallery (12001 Market St.). The event is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. [Greater Reston Arts Center]
At their monthly meeting, the Reston Association Board of Directors will share their opinions on Fairfax County’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment on Reston’s Planned Residential Community density.
According to Mike Leone, RA’s communications director, it is expected that each member of the Board will share his/her thoughts during the meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).
Upward of 400 Restonians showed up at Lake Anne Elementary School’s cafeteria Monday night for a county-hosted public meeting on the subject, which was postponed because of concerns about the fire code.
In a statement to Reston Now, Board President Sherri Hebert said the following:
I want to thank the community for showing such a strong commitment to protecting Reston. We will stand with the community to protect Reston’s interest. RA requested the fourth meeting with the County and we will follow up with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s office to ensure that meeting is rescheduled. At Thursday’s RA Board meeting, Board members will share their individual opinions on the topic but the Board will not be ready to take action until after the fourth meeting takes place.
As referenced by Hebert in her statement, Monday’s meeting was scheduled after the RA Board adopted a resolution at its May meeting calling for it, following three county forums on the topic earlier that month. Restonians who attended the May meetings on the subject expressed their concern that the county was trying to rush the amendment through the approval process. They were especially upset when the third meeting was held in an open-house format rather than as a question-and-answer session.
The proposal from the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning would bump the overall limit on people per acre in Reston’s Planned Residential Community (PRC) District from 13 to 16. (The density is currently about 11.9 people per acre.) The PRC District does not include any of the Transit Station Area property surrounding the Wiehle-Reston East and Herndon Metro stations, nor does it include most of the property in the Reston Town Center Metro station TSA south of the Dulles Toll Road.
The ordinance amendment would also allow for the Board of Supervisors to be able to approve individual developments in excess of 50 dwelling units per acre in TSAs within the PRC and when in accordance with Comprehensive Plan recommendations. Those areas that would be marked for major residential development include all of Reston’s village centers.
Citizen activists warn that the combined effect of these changes could see the population of Reston tripled by 2050.
The agenda for Thursday night’s meeting of the RA Board of Directors also includes:
- interviews of candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Board, followed by appointment of the new director
- consideration of decision points on the 2018 operating budget
- a decision on whether to release capital funds for the Pony Barn Pavilion capital project
- a status report from CEO Cate Fulkerson on implementation the recommendations from StoneTurn Group’s report on the Tetra purchase
- a report from Capt. Ronald T. Manzo of the Fairfax County Police Department
For those unable to attend, the meeting will be livestreamed on Reston Association’s YouTube channel.
Longtime Reston Town Center tenant The Bike Lane will soon be leaving.
In an email distributed Wednesday morning, commercial real-estate firm CBRE announced wine-and-paint studio Muse Paintbar is coming soon to the Town Center. An updated Reston Town Center promotional packet linked within the email shows the studio going into the 4,148-square foot space at 11943 Democracy Drive currently occupied by The Bike Lane.
In January, when RTC owner Boston Properties initiated its ParkRTC paid-parking system, The Bike Lane announced it would actively seek a new home. A representative at The Bike Lane said Wednesday morning that “it is no secret” the store will be exiting Reston Town Center soon, but he could provide no further information.
“We are relocating, but we are not ready to publicly announce where we will be relocating,” said Anne Mader, co-owner of the shop along with her husband, Todd, in an email to Reston Now. “We should be ready in the next week or so.”
Muse Paintbar has more than two dozen locations along the East Coast from Portland, Maine to Virginia Beach. In the DC Metro, it has locations at the National Harbor, in Gaithersburg and at Merrifield’s Mosaic District. It has another location listed as coming soon to Centreville.
We have reached out to representatives of CBRE and Reston Town Center for comment. More information will be provided as it becomes available.