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by Fatimah Waseem December 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm 7 Comments

Rescue Reston, a grassroots organization that successfully helped prevent the redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course several years ago, is vowing to defend Hidden Creek Country Club after it changed ownership in late October.

In response to overwhelming requests from citizens for advice and support, the group has pledged to defend recreational open space at Hidden Creek Country Club by amending its mission statement.

Community advocates have long feared both Hidden Creek and Reston National Golf Course will transform into residential development as Reston expands.

“Rescue Reston and its supporters are standing between the green space and the developers who want to reduce, repurpose or eliminate green space for yet even more housing. There is precious little green recreational space in Reston to support the greatly increasing density that is already planned for all of Reston,” the group wrote in the statement.

Wheelock Communities purchased the club earlier this week from its previous owner, Fore Golf Partners, which will continue to manage the club.

In an October email announcing $300,000 in upgrades to the club, Wheelock, which owns properties in Texas and across the East Coast has listed several potential options for development, including additional public amenities, environmental benefits and new housing choices.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor December 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Meet Sugarplum, a retriever and shepherd mix available for adoption.

Here is what her friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Sugarplum along with her sister Nyce and brother Jolly are adorable little Retriever (maybe golden?) and shepherd mix babies of maybe 10 weeks old. She has a beautiful yellow coloring and is going to make a terrific companion. All three of these pups have happy, friendly dispositions and will be great family dogs.

Sugarplum is a sweet, affectionate girl who would like nothing better than a family of her own with whom she could share her bounty of love. These great pups are a nice blend of friendliness and normal puppy playfulness and will all be great company. Precious pups like these go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out. Sugarplum is up to date on all shots and dewormings and carries an adoption fee of $355 which includes her micro chip. This extremely friendly little baby girl is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters.

Are you and Sugarplum a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

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Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

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by Fatimah Waseem December 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 32 Comments

A 145-unit residential building could come to Reston Corner on the southwest corner of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive.

Atlantic Realty Companies has submitted plans to the county to redevelop about 4.3 acres of the nearly 10-acre site known as Reston Corner, a process that would require the county to rezone land from light and industrial uses to residential use.

The site is within half a mile of the Reston Town Center Metro Station Platform, a location that allows residential uses of up to 30 units per acre if appropriate. The county’s Department of Planning and Zoning is reviewing the proposal, which was filed on Nov. 6 and is in the early phases of the county’s review process. A technical staff report has not yet been completed.

Surface parking spaces for existing office building at Reston Corner currently occupy the area where residential development is planned. The proposal includes up to 1,200 square feet of retail and 12 percent of the multi-family units will be set aside for workforce housing.

In the proposal, the developer wrote the building will provide an attractive, elegant element to Reston.

“The proposed addition of mid-rise residential development to the property will help provide an attractive and appropriate transition from the more intense development of the Transit Station Mixed Use area to the low-rise residential development to the south of the Property and will help provide additional residential uses in an area accessible to the Reston Town Center Metro station,” the proposal said.

The maximum height will be seven floors. The parking garage, have a maximum of four levels and will be screened by the residential building. Offices will continue to use the parking garage. An entrance plaza at the back of the residential building will include 22 surface parking spaces. Roughly 40 percent of the property is set aside as open space.

File photo.

by Fatimah Waseem December 6, 2017 at 10:15 am 6 Comments

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins appointed a new member to the Fairfax County Planning Commission to represent the district.

John Carter will replace Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner Frank de la Fe, whose term expired this year.

The Board of Supervisors appointed de la Fe in December 2001 and reappointed him two years later. He was named vice chairman in January 2013.

According to the Fairfax County Planning Commission’s website:

Commissioner de la Fe worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the 1960s. From 1969 to 1971, he helped create the Illinois State Bureau of the Budget. He then returned to Federal service to establish the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. In 1974, he moved to the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. He completed his federal career in 1994 when he retired from the Office of Personnel Management.A long-time community activist, since moving to Reston in 1971, Commissioner de la Fe has served in a variety of leadership positions, including serving on the boards of the Reston Association and Reston Interfaith.

Hudgins said Carter was a good fit for the program. He holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of
Virginia; a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from Arizona State University. Carter was also the former Chief of Community-Based Planning in Montgomery County.

“Mr. Carter has lived in the Hunter Mill District for over 44 years and has extensive community involvement. I believe Mr. Carter is an excellent choice for this position,” Hudgins said.

by RestonNow.com December 6, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Fairfax County Planning Commission to Decide On Proposal for Assisted Living Facility — The body will review a proposal by Kensington Senior Development LLC to bring a 70-unit assisted living facility to 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive. The proposal drew opposition from nearby residents at a public hearing last week. The commission will vote on the project at its 8:15 p.m. meeting today in the Fairfax County Government Center board auditorium. An online stream is on the county’s website. [Fairfax County Planning Commission]

FCPD: Keep Your Faith-based Organization Safe — The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting two worship watch seminars in the coming weeks. During seminars, officers share crime prevention tips and training specific to protecting congregants’ place of worship. The first seminar is on Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield. The second is on Jan. 3 at the county’s new Public Safety Headquarters in Fairfax from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is required. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Hook Road Working Groups Meet This Week — The group will meet tomorrow from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to discuss the Hook Road Recreation Area project at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). [Reston Association]

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