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Report: JBG Smith Considering Parting Ways with Commerce Executive Park Development Plan

by Dave Emke — October 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

An approved plan for massive development of the Commerce Executive Park near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station may be at a fork in the road, the Washington Business Journal reports.

According to the WBJ, JBG Smith is marketing the 12-acre property Commerce Executive Park to prospective buyers. JBG Smith took ownership of the property — south of the Dulles Toll Road and at the northwest corner of the Sunrise Valley Drive/Wiehle Avenue intersection — from Vornado Realty Trust earlier this year as part of the recent merger of JBG Cos. and Vornado’s D.C. business unit, Charles E. Smith.

The three existing six-story office buildings would remain in the redevelopment plan, but the rest would be transformed into a live-work-dine-shop destination for those who want to be close to Metro and Reston’s busy business corridor. The new buildup would include towering buildings that would be among the tallest in Reston:

  • a 22-story, 275-foot-tall office building
  • a 24-story, 255-foot-tall residential building with up to 300 dwelling units
  • a 14-story, 165-foot-tall hotel with 175 rooms
  • a 7-story, 100-foot-tall residential building with up to 200 dwelling units

The plans also include a total of 1.5 acres of open space, with small parks, bicycle tracks and a promenade along the businesses, and would feature public art including a water feature.

According to the WBJ report, the fact that CBRE is marketing the properties for JBG Smith doesn’t necessarily mean a sale is imminent or will even happen at all.

  • Why do you bother?

    Great – cram even more people into Reston but don’t upgrade the road system. Does anyone involved in this increased-density debacle have a brain cell?

    • Scott

      If the roads become so snarled with traffic, people will stop driving and ride a bicycle..so goes the thinking of Leslie Knope types in local government. Let me tell you about the impact of sharrows!!!

      • TheKingJAK

        Even if such notions actually worked, they’d still impede upon the freedom of citizens to travel as they want.

        • Tom Wyland

          Travel with any mode you choose, but it doesn’t mean it will be most convenient for you.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Horrible idea. Traffic is already terrible there. The county should be required to build the Soapstone Connector and/or South Lakes Drive extension over the Toll Road first, if this gets approved at all.

  • EADGBE

    Reston is falling apart, its so sad. These decision makers have to go ASAP.
    If our roads aren’t upgraded before the cesspool arrives we’re going to have major traffic problems.

    • Willie Reston

      “Going to have major traffic problems”? Traffic is awful already.

      • vdiv

        No worries, the Metro will fix that. Oh, wait….

  • Ray Wedell

    October 23….7:00 pm…..South Lakes High School….just be there.

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