Major Mixed-Used Development Proposed Next to RTC Metro Station

by Fatimah Waseem December 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm 33 Comments

Tishman Speyer, a New York-based real estate company, hopes to transform more than 14 acres of land in the southwest quadrant of the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Parkway into a vibrant, mixed-used development driven by the power of the adjacent Reston Town Center Metro Station.

Reston Crossing, the name of the transit-oriented development, would bring six new buildings organized around a central park and other public amenities to the land, which is currently home to two office buildings.

The proposal, filed with the county early this month, requires rezoning the land from medium industrial use to planned development commercial to allow for up to nearly two million square feet of development.

Elizabeth Baker, a senior land use planner with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, a northern Virginia law firm that specializes in commercial real estate development, said the transit-oriented project is set apart from nearby buildings that are more suburban-style, traditional office buildings built in the 1980s and 1990s.

“With the coming of the Silver Line and the plan that was adopted by the county… we’re just trying to implement that vision,” Baker said.

The plan calls six buildings includes one on the west with up to 30,000 square feet of retail, pedestrian access to the Metro Station South Pavilion, a U-shaped residential building with up to 380 multi-family residential units that overlook the central park, a building on the southeast with between 180 and 230 residential units, and a building on the south with up to 250 residential units.

“With a variety of park experiences, some landscaped, others hardscaped, and a well-developed system of paths, passive, and active recreation facilities areas, the Central Park is a major community amenity. Office, residential and retail uses front onto the Central Park, allowing it to be a gathering space for workers, residents, shoppers, and visitors alike,” according to the Dec. 8 proposal.

Of the overall development, office development would range from 38 percent to 58 percent, residential development would range from 36 to 59 percent, and retail uses would range from three to six percent. The plan is intentionally flexible due to changing market conditions.

Renderings via handout

  • Bilbo Baggins

    Is that that office complex where the RA headquarters is?

    • dick


    • Claes Cyrus Youngberg

      RA is across the street

  • RestonNotes

    Isn’t this the site where several years ago Boston Properties publicly committed to providing a landmark performing arts center adjacent to the Town Center Metro Station?
    Subsequently, shortly after Robert Simon passed away, didn’t BP withdraw that offer?

    • Restonlover

      why should there be an arts center when GMU has one in Fairfax and Loudoun County also has one and Fairfax has Wolftrap and Prince WIlliam has JIffy Lube…after all we don’t have Wegmans…Ohh was that a proffer?

      • Greg

        Reston already has TWO performing arts centers (Reston Community Centers), Grace, acres of outdoor performance spaces, Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, and Herndon has several as well as aa few playhouses. Enough!

    • Terry Maynard

      No, it’s across the DTR/Dulles Access from the Bechtel building.

      But, now that you raise it, yes, BoPro did dump its plans–actually evident in some early renderings–to build a performing arts center across Sunset Hills from the RTC Metro station. Pete Otteni, VP, BoPro, told me that the county had agreed to build it in Town Center North–a MILE from the Metro station. So, just how many people will make that walk?

      And, no, a performing arts center there will be nothing but a sinkhole for county or Reston funds. In fact, RCC Director Leila Gordon has been researching such a center for years, including the possibility of putting in Reston’s special tax district–so just Restonians pay for this white elephant.

      • Tammi Petrine

        This is a good time to share a conversation I had recently with Bill Bouie, one of Small Tax District #5 Governors AND long-time chair of Fairfax County Park Authority. I said straight out that I suspected his and Leila’s plans were to build a crappy little (under-sized) indoor rec center and then use some of the space allotted for it to accommodate a performing arts center in Reston Town Center North (RTCN).

        NO< NO The library is a REGIONAL facility. It makes no difference to the users where it is located or what the zoning ‘requires.’ (Sadly our supervisor keeps hopping on the URBANIZE the whole county train.) The fact is Reston Regional Library is THE most heavily used library in the county by far. People come to it from all over the NW portion of the county. They do not WALK or take Metro. THEY drive so parking must be provided. Even the requirements for the library requires adequate parking. We are NOT NYC. We are Reston, Great Falls, Oakton, Herndon, Vienna, etc.

        Thanks to all who are becoming involved and keeping up with what is happening in Reston. Please let your opinions be known so that what is built does promote Reston as a livable, wonderful place. Remember County land is OUR land. It must be planned and developed wisely.



  • Generic User

    Oh, come on Reston, you can do better than this. You are really letting me down on your mission to pack as many people into Reston as you can. How about one of these?

    • OneReally

      With the Divine Supervisor’s office at the top???

    • Greg

      Oh, we so need this — get rid of the Home Depot and go with it!

      • Restonian

        No way!

        • Why do you bother?


          • Restonian

            Ah yes, clearly. My bad – that photo didn’t show up when I originally viewed on my phone and I must have read it too quickly 🙂

      • Generic User

        Home Depot will be on the 97th floor, next to Hooters.

  • whw518

    This is really really bad. No meaningful street grid , oversized and awkwardly configured buildings. Not much better than an office park – will make for a boring pedestrian perspective. – C’mon cut this land up into a neighborhood, smaller building footprints with smaller retail bays and less centrally focused around a single feature. Human scale with less separation of uses & more diversity of building type.

    • dick

      agree…this has the personality of wet cardboard…Reston deserves better, but there is NO design oversight of these “corridor” properties…just our county saying “more and more density with NO infrastructure”…sad to see this continue to happen…

  • FLEABttn

    Cool, build it.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    BOHICA, my fellow Restonians. BOHICA.

    • Restonlover

      I do not understand these abbreviations

      • The Constitutionalist

        Type them into Google.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        In today’s culture, If you’re a female, it’s harassment but If you’re a male, it’s a fact of life.

  • Pigstick on Lip

    “The plan is intentionally flexible due to changing market conditions.” Translated: We see all that residential on Weihle standing empty so it’s probably just going to be office buildings.

  • The Taxman Cometh

    It’s easy to announce future plans, quite something else to make it become reality. The market , whether residential or office or retail, will take years to absorb all this space. Most of the development projects being proposed along the metro corridor may in fact never be built for years, if at all. Everybody is piling on, trying to get their own projects financed and underway in the current window, or maybe the next one. No one knows how long the window stays open. It’s a messy, uncoordinated, unplanned way of doing business. That’s capitalism for ya.

    • Mike M

      Capitalism isn’t failing. Democracy is.

    • The Constitutionalist

      “That’s capitalism for ya.”


  • Structure Relocation

    What about Carnegie Hall? We re talking about some old debts here, lets be honest.

  • ah

    Im disgusted by all of these constant new developments. I was born and raised here and once had so much pride in being a Restonian but now I feel like im being pushed out of my home. Nice knowing you Reston, the place that was known for being a family town that welcomed all socioeconomic statuses. ✌

    • 40yearsinreston

      Problems started when Hudgins was welcomed

  • Chris Delisi

    Certainly not the Reston I know..No green space, no water no family friendly lakeside clusters. Which all came from a brilliant mind, and his desire to distance himself from the very thing we see now…Bye Reston ..Hello New Yorkers!..I’m out..
    I won’t be bought or sold..Enjoy yourselves.

  • Rational Reston

    Newsflash: Restoninans shocked (SHOCKED!) that growth is happening along a limited access highway next to a major transit stop then go back to mindlessly paying for underused tennis facilities.

  • Donald

    Again, I stress the grass roots efforts of the beleaguered RA board, the RCAs and the 20/20s are focusing on the wrong tactics.

    100 people meeting at RA headquarters to yell and scream about “things have to change!!” is futile.

    Instead, 100 to 200 people should fill every P&Z meeting, every RA DRB meeting, every County Staff meeting. Each and every developer’s public presentation should be met with hundreds of registered commenters. When public comments are opened in every meeting be ready with over 100 messages.

    When was the last time you saw RA’s president (representing over 20,000 households) speak at any of these meetings sharing her concern for each of these projects?



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