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Monday Morning Notes

by Fatimah Waseem February 12, 2018 at 9:15 am 27 Comments

“Naturally Yours Valentines” Today at Walker Nature Center — Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making a card, enjoying tasty treats and taking home a special gift made from natural materials. The program, which runs from 10-11 a.m., is for toddlers between 18 and 35 months . Can’t make it today? Don’t worry. There’s another session tomorrow: same time, same place. [Reston Association]

Reston Olympian Advances in Speedskating Round — “Biney advanced to the quarterfinal of the 500m despite late pressure from Kim A-Lang. Biney finished with a time of 43.665 seconds, good for second in her heat.” [NBC 4]

County Eyes Other Uses for Office Buildings — “Reston Association’s Land Use Planner, Kelsey Steffen, explains how Fairfax County is forming a policy amendment that would allow for vacant or underutilized office buildings to be converted for other uses, such as retail and residential.” [Reston Today]

  • OneReally

    “Fairfax County is forming a policy amendment that would allow for vacant
    or underutilized office buildings to be converted for other uses, such
    as retail and residential.”

    Cause we need more residential space.

    • Anonymous Poster

      Well, we don’t need more office space, that’s for sure. Maybe they can renovate some of these spaces into non-luxury housing.

      • The Constitutionalist

        They will still be marketed as luxury.

        • Anonymous Poster

          You’re right, but I wish with all my heart you weren’t.

      • Mike M

        Like “projects” of the 1970s?
        “Work force housing?”
        Reston has a sorry future. Too many people. Too little infrastructure.
        Again, from these changes, who benefits?

        • OneReally

          Agreed! Just drive down Sunrise Valley towards Reston Pkwy. @ 5pm. That’s enough to make you pull your hair out.

          Reminds me of the Movie Poltergeist
          When the Dad says:

          “You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn’t you? You son of a #####, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones! You only
          moved the headstones! Why! Why!”

          We should say the same to the BOS. You only paved the roads, but left the same early Fairfax farming community roads. WHY! WHY!

          • John Higgins

            I think the question is, “Wy, Wy?”

          • 40yearsinreston

            the answer is Hudgins

        • Anonymous Poster

          Goodness, no. I’m thinking more like a boring apartment or condo complex like Chestnut Grove or Charter Oaks. Something that wouldn’t cost someone $2.5k/month and use lots of words like “iconic” and “VY” and “Artistry” in describing itself. Use something more like, “Functional” and “Middle-class” and “Standard” and fall at ~25% of someone’s take home pay.

          You’re right about the infrastructure needs. The buildings are sitting there rotting right now, though. If by some miracle they were rented out, the infrastructure problem would still be there. So I’d rather get some use out of the building than holding up any use because of infrastructure concerns.

          • 40yearsinreston

            more “workforce housing” and fried chicken shacks is what Reston needs

          • Mike M

            As I have said in here before, I believe they could rented if owners leased at market rates. I think they have been holding out for rezoning and redevelopment.

          • Anonymous Poster

            I don’t agree, because it looks like there is a huge glut of unrented officespace in not only Reston, but the surrounding area.

            The area has heavily overbuilt office rental space. Given current housing rates, we’ve also underbuilt residential space. However we got here, it appears to be the problem.

          • Mike M

            If they really wanted tenants they simply had to offer lower terms. Note they continued to build even after some parks remained under 50% . At some places nearby they continue to build as I type.

          • Anonymous Poster

            Well, okay, so they didn’t and incurring various carrying costs. If it was a conspiracy to force the county’s hand, meanwhile the county is laughing on its way to the bank with the taxes it’s charging on empty space. It seems like a premise that… financially is a huge gamble at best.

            Meanwhile, it’s clear that residential is underbuilt. Rents and mortgages are regularly above 30-40% of take home pay now. That’s not a healthy residential market.

          • Mike M

            Agreed on residential. But commercial property owners actually get tax breaks for their empty buildings.

        • 40yearsinreston

          developers

      • 40yearsinreston

        wait 10 years and all the “iconic” towers will be slums

        • Anonymous Poster

          Ha, the truth is strong with you today!

  • Richard Christy

    I love it! Reston is changing folks and I for one welcome it!

    • Mike M

      What is it changing into? You must know, if you know you love it. Or does just any ole change excite you?

      • Richard Christy

        A great opportunity for more people to enjoy Reston!

        • Mike M

          Which Reston. The one I bought into. Or the one that doesn’t exist yet?

          • Richard Christy

            The one that it’s changing into!

          • OneReally

            Oh you mean Resslyn.

          • Richard Christy

            No I mean Reston unless they changed the name. When did that happen?

          • Mike M

            And how do you know all that means? Have a crystal ball. You seem so confident.

  • jmsullivan

    Fairfax County is forming a policy amendment that would allow for vacant
    or underutilized office buildings…or just really ugly ones like Reston Station, to be converted for more desirable uses, such as green space, or just big, empty holes in the ground.

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