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VY at Reston Heights to Begin Leasing in December

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm 57 Comments

VY, a 385-unit apartment community with nearly 89,000 square feet of retail, will begin opening for leases in mid-December.

The residential project by JBG Smith is located on 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive and contains one, two and three-bedroom apartments with two-story lofts and a “modern aesthetic,” according to the developer’s website.

The project’s community stands for “very.” The apartment building contains a courtyard with grilling stations, a lawn designated for outdoor yoga and other activities, a pool with a sundeck, a fitness center, an outdoor dog park, bicycle storage rooms and on-site restaurants, cafes, shops and conveniences, including a 35,000-square-foot WillPower gym, according to the website.

In 2013, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved JBG Smith’s application for VY, which sits about a half-mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro station. Four other buildings are planned as part of the mixed-use development.

Twelve percent of the units at VY are to be set aside as workforce housing.

For more information, visit VY’s website.

Photo via VY Reston Heights/Twitter

  • I’d Rather Post As A Guest

    Ugly is as ugly does. What a monstrosity, I wince every time I have to drive by it. There it sits, cheek to jowl along side the roadway. Almost ( I said almost) makes one wish that Bozzuto had built a Texas donut there instead.

    • Mike M

      I have to agree. I have the same reaction. It is at once arrogant, bullying, and ugly. Since there is such a rush here, I am certain there will be quality issues known well heretofore in mass construction in Ashburn.

    • Amy Sue

      They haven’t even finished construction and it already looks like public housing. Who is going to live–at market rates–in this hideous set of buildings that sit directly in front of a major roadway? How could this design have been approved? It’s absolutely horrible.

  • Why do you bother?

    Dumbest name ever.

    • Lake Anne Resident

      VY do you say that? 😉

      • Why do you bother?

        🙂

      • Greg

        Best comment in a while…

      • Mike M

        You should get an award.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Sad website from link above. NO info unless you give all your info. Wonder what JBG is thinking in these days of cyber warfare and identity theft? Sigh.

    • The Constitutionalist

      They’re thinking they can build a list for free.

  • Adam Smith

    Looks like a positive and responsible development. It’s great to see Reston modernizing with state of the art living. This will doubtlessly be a good thing for property values, and mixed-use developments are a great use of property. The building that this new structure replaces was very outdated. Kudos to this addition to our community!

    • 40yearsinreston

      These lego block developments do nothing for increasing property values
      The horrendous traffic they generate together with the added pressure on schools and infrastructure that the developers and tenants dont contribute towards alleviating keep them down
      Hudgens and Bulova have fouled the Reston nest and should be fired

      • Greg

        46 more section 8 units at VY.

        Three guesses for whom those residents will vote.

        • Adam Smith

          Yes, Reston was designed to have low income housing when it was planned. It was Robert Simon’s vision.

          • Greg

            Bob’s been dead for a while. Most of his planning was idealistic. Most of it failed, and he was fired.

            Reston is infested with section 8 housing. It needs no more.

          • Adam

            I’m sorry you feel that way. In my opinion, Reston is great place sprung from a great planner. He was a visionary who created one of the best communities in the country. I feel very fortunate to be a beneficiary of his genius.

          • Mike M

            Your whole point above is invalidated by this one. Restone is very rapidly becoming something it was not when most of us chose to live here. So does ever more Section 8 housing make this a better place to live? In what practical terms?

          • Adam

            Couldn’t the people who lived there 10, 15 years before you say the same thing?

          • Mike M

            So, you didn’t answer my questions. But the changes in density and quality of life that occurred between 1992 and 2012 we anticipated and not so significant in terms of density and quality of life. The changes between 2015 and 2020 will be transformational. It is already not the same place. So, in answer to your question, no.

          • Greg

            They are not feelings, Adam, they are facts.

          • OneReally

            As stated by Robert Simon in 1962.
            NOT really him calling for Section 8 at every development. Not to mention the first passage of section 8 wasn’t until 1965.

            In the creation of Reston, Virginia, these are the major goals:

            That the widest choice of opportunities be made available for the full use of leisure time. This means that the New Town should provide a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities as well as an environment for privacy.

            That it be possible for anyone to remain in a single neighborhood throughout his life, uprooting being neither inevitable nor always desirable. By providing the fullest range of housing styles and prices – from high-rise efficiencies to 6-bedroom townhouses and detached houses – housing needs can be met at a variety of income levels and at different stages of family life. This kind of mixture permits residents to remain rooted in the community if they so choose – as their particular housing needs change. As a by-product, this also results in the heterogeneity that spells a lively and varied community.

            That the importance and dignity of each individual be the focal point for all planning, and take precedence for large-scale concepts.

            That the people be able to live and work in the same community.

            That commercial, cultural and recreational facilities be made available to the residents from the outset of the development – not years later.

            That beauty – structural and natural – is a necessity of the good life and should be fostered.

            Since Reston is being developed from private enterprise, in order to be completed as conceived it must also, of course, be a financial success.

          • Greg

            Publicly funded housing assistance (generic “section 8”) started in early 1930s with the Housing Act. Section 8 itself is part of the 1937 Housing Act of 1937 from which it gets its name and funding authority.

          • Greg

            Financial success was and remains elusive — to this day, Lake Anne Village Center and nearby residential development are heavily dependent on public and RA funding.

            Shadowood, cheaply built as it was, ended up bankrupt and left partially finished for years with exposed shells of unfinished condos. Dozens of the unsold units were disposed of by giving them to the county to use as social housing. Many others were rented by Gulf Reston since there were no buyers.

            Glenvale followed a similar pattern.

            Most of what is now called Pinecrest (Glade between Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley and south of South Lakes) was built as cheaply as possible to help save Gulf Reston. As you know, much of Reston’s subsidized housing is located therein and was built with gobs of government money.

          • OneReally

            Agree with your points.
            My point is when people invoke the “Great founder” reference. That somehow he envisioned in 2017 there would be 20.1% (numbers made up)section 8 housing / workforce in every new development. And somehow this is what his wishes were for Reston. Like he still speaks to them.

            I like the idea of Reston and is a great vision. A for planning, but it failed, so D- for execution.

          • I’d Rather Post As A Guest #2

            It would be great if some ppl just stopped picking over the bones of Bob Simon, constantly invoking his “vision” of Reston, which proved to be sort of a bust, truth be told. Just like Columbia MD (our erstwhile “sister” city) idealism only goes so far in planned real estate development, and both our villages have become indistinguishable from the suburbs surrounding them, a process that is accelerating. Having resided in both places, I almost prefer to live in a “normal” suburb if I could only afford to relocate.

          • Greg

            I could not agree with you more. The irony, of course, is that both Reston and Columbia were built by speculative, idealistic developers. Both acquired some land parcels under deep cover and, in more than a few cases, false pretenses and under fictitious names.

            While some praise Lake Anne Village Center as this or that, another hard fact is that without the deep financial support, tens of millions of dollars, of all Fairfax County taxpayers and all RA assessment payers, it, too, would have failed decades ago. And, there is continuing county support by locating an underused RCC facility at Lake Anne.

          • Mike M

            Reston was targeted by leftist utopians as a subsidized housing magnet. We pay in triplicate. One of these people was the wife of infamous spy Aldrich Ames.

          • 40yearsinreston

            Robert simon is dead

          • 40yearsinreston

            Simon did not plab a metro overbuild aka ballston

          • The Constitutionalist

            And it was a flaw in the vision.

        • OneReally

          If their eligible to vote. 😉

        • Sam

          I wish you all would learn the difference between Section 8 housing and affordable/workforce housing.

          https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/rentalhousingprograms/hcv.htm

          https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/adu/adu_january_2013.pdf

          • Sam
          • Greg

            I am well aware of the differences. Most understand that “section 8” is a generic term for low-income subsidized housing, and artificially priced “workforce” housing is more of the same.

            Whatever one calls it, Reston has more than enough government-funded, reduced priced housing. More of it is not needed, especially when hideous eyesores like “VY” and empty office blocks (like that at Reston Station) result.

            Perhaps it is you who is ignorant: “section 8” is exactly that — section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937.

          • Adam

            It also has more than enough McMansions. Those things are just as cheaply built as anything else on the market. Waferboard and vinyl siding. The only difference is they’re more obnoxious.

          • Greg

            “Cheaply built” is a matter of opinion.

            Even so, it’s the government that develops the building codes that enable such construction and the much beloved Reston DRB that approves exterior design and materials. The former is bought by the materials makers and the latter is an embarrassing fail for the world to see and, disgustingly, for all RA assessment-payers to fund.

            All those being facts — there is too much section 8 housing in Reston — there is no right to be able to live in Reston or Fairfax County.

          • Greg

            Subsidized luxury living in Fairfax County–no cheap, shoddy construction for the “poor.”

            http://www.thomasjeffersoninst.org/files/3/Subsidized%20Luxury%20in%20Fairfax%20County.pdf

          • Greg
          • OneReally

            Explain the difference in your own words.

            Looks like a machine gun to me….

      • Adam Smith

        Tell that to Tysons Corner.

        • Greg

          It’s just “Tysons.”

          • OneReally

            I was thinking the same thing.

            Please respect the corner and just call it Tysons. A lot of effort went into the name change.

          • Greg

            And (tax?) money. I’m sure it cost a fortune to paint the gorgeous “water” / Site E tower (which, as the spooks may confirm, Site E has never contained a drop of water) near the former Clydes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ad53d217c9dd2a15162be4ac9c7423eff1f60bd01671e6ffe708aa88a21cf43.jpg

          • OneReally

            ohhh Site E reference I love it. Also, the reason security was so tight when drilling the tunnel for the metro.

          • Mike M

            Dang! You dudes are gonna have visitors.
            So they played ball with the re-developers?

        • Mike M

          The residential single family neighborhoods on the margins of Tysons never benefited from a property boom. They got re-zoned, housed doctors’ office and/or were torn down for town houses. The single family neighborhoods got creamed. I’ve been at big meeting in Tysons all week. Every time I go outside walking or driving I think, Gosh, what an ugly place.

          • Greg

            And we will, for at least 50 years, suffer by being forced to see the elevated eyesore silver line and endure ugliness that surpasses even Brutalist ugliness.

            Tim Kaine and Gerry Connolly — shame on you — you should have listened to the “Under, not Over” people.

            You could have added taxable assets atop the buried line. Imagine that!

          • RestonAssurance

            It is ugly. Really ugly.

    • Toothpick Forest

      How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some
      principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others,
      and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing
      from it except the pleasure of seeing it.

    • I’d Rather Post As A Guest #2

      Adam, you are a very funny guy!

      • Adam

        Please explain.

        • I’d Rather Post As A Guest #2

          It is even better as sarcasm…

      • Amy Sue

        Adam’s comments are nothing more than formulaic bloating.

    • Mike M

      You are sadly mistaken. Property values are actually under downward pressure from the overdevelopment for the most part. There is another factor at work adding to the pressure. Target mass mailing to offer fast offers for adjacent residential properties. Developers are greedy and stupid. They have designs on single family plots for higher density development even before they know the viability of their currently planned projects. Remember the office space glut lagged well beyond the build-out in many places right here in Reston.

      • Adam

        Mike M, thank you for your response. It’s the first one that is anything other than formulaic bloating. I will definitely research this. I know there are incentives for investors to redevelop empty office space to residential due to a glut in the market, and if that happens in the residential sector, it will certainly hurt us homeowners.

  • Greg

    The Lincoln Log bunker.

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