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A “Hidden Treasures of Reston” Bus Tour is Coming to the Area

The Reston Association is hosting a bus tour showing off the area’s hidden treasures.

“Even if you have lived here for a long time, have you ever seen the trolls under the bridge near Reston police station, the significant monarch trees, the Lake House or the Nature House?” said the RA’s event description.

The bus tour will take place on Monday (April 9) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will meet riders at the Lake House.

The tour will cost $12 for RA members and $18 for all others.

File photo

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Fairfax County Takes Part in Emergency Alert Test Tomorrow

Residents in Fairfax County will receive an alert on their cell phones and other mobile-enabled devices tomorrow (April 5) morning.

Fairfax County is participating what a national wireless emergency alert system test, which will take place from 10 to 11 a.m..

Phones will buzz loudly and an accompanying text will read, “A test of the Fairfax County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.”

Other participating jurisdictions include Loudoun County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Arlington and the City of Falls Church.

A back-up test date is set for Monday (April 9) between 10 and 11 a.m.

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Founding Farmers Reston — Opening Next Week!

Dining in Reston just got more delicious!

Founding Farmers Reston is opening next Wednesday, April 11, and they offer something for everyone. Their full-service restaurant and bar is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a decadent Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on weekends. The restaurant’s beautiful design, comfortable spaces and original art are worth the trip alone. Reserve your table today.

Or stop by their Founding Farmers First Bake Cafe for freshly-made Grab & Go goodies.

  • Get your day going with a quick and healthy breakfast.
  • Quench your thirst with a farm health fresh-pressed juice.
  • Grab a dozen donuts and a carton of their specialty-roasted Compass Coffee to share with everyone at the office.
  • Enjoy an afternoon treat with a fresh-baked cookie or their house-churned ice cream.

As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of Founding Farmers food and drink — even the Founding Spirits they use in their craft cocktails — is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms.

Make your way over to Reston Station to see all that Founding Farmers has to offer.

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Pet of the Week: Chloe

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Chloe, a domestic short hair adult tabby available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about her:

Chloe is quite the love. She wants nothing more than to sit right next to you during the day or lie next to you all night, She is gentle and sweet.

She recently lost her home where she had lived for ten years when she just got too stressed when the family grew to having three children under five years of age and the other cat in the home started picking on her. Poor Chloe.

Her previous family also let her weight get out of control and she came to us just under 22 pounds! We have had her on a diet and she has lost weight. She needs to be adopted by a very responsible person who can love her enough to keep her on her diet so that she stays healthy.

Chloe is quite lovely with brown tabby markings with streaks of red and orange color throughout. This cat is so affectionate and loving that we know the person who adopts her will be very lucky indeed. Chloe is ten years old.

(Note: Little Buddies has adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Valu in the North Point Village Shopping Center.)

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

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.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Wednesday Deals & Events in Reston

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Email Tim at [email protected]!

File photo via Reston Hospital Center

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Brookfield Property Partners Buy Office Buildings Near Future Reston Crescent for $95 Million

Brookfield Property Partners now owns two office buildings next to its future Reston Crescent project, a planned mixed used development with more than 2,000 residential units and the likely future home of Wegmans.

The company purchased Summit I, the home of Noblis, Inc., and Summit II on 2000 and 2002 Edmund Halley Drive from JBG Smith Properties for $95 million.

The acquisition expands Brookfield’s footprint in Reston. Although the offices have the potential of 290,000 rentable square feet, CBRE has marketed the property as a redevelopment project that could yield up to 1.2 million square feet of mixed-used development.

“The sale of Summit I and II is consistent with our strategy to take advantage of market conditions to recycle capital, deleverage our balance sheet and reinvest the proceeds in higher-yielding growth opportunities,” Matt Kelly JBG Smith’s Chief Executive Officer wrote in a statement.

JBG Smith bought the buildings for $51 million in 2012 and renovated them. The company maintains ownership of other major sites near Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, VY at Reston Heights and RTC West.

Photos courtesy JBG Smith

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Photos: Construction Underway for Lofts at Reston Station

Construction of the Lofts at Reston Station, a redevelopment project with 32 apartments and 12 two-over-two townhouses north of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, is underway.

The development, located at 1825 Michael Faraday Drive south of Sunset Hills Drive, is expected to open by early fall, a representative for Pulte told Reston Now.

“Construction is coming along. We are in framing this week and we are looking to open in the early fall,” said Megan Skupien, marketing manager for the Pulte’s Mid-Atlantic division.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the project, which replaced an office building and a parking lot, in November 2016. According to promotional material, one- or two-level condominiums start at $600,000. 

As part of the project, Pulte also plans to extend Michael Faraday Drive and Reston Station Boulevard along the property, beginning to establish a local street grid for the area.  Reston’s master planning documents envision turning Reston Station Boulevard into the new main street for the area surrounding Wiehle-Reston East.

Residents of The Lofts will be Reston Association members.

The developer committed to the following proffers, according to a presentation given to the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee in 2016:

  • $173,376 for athletic fields
  • $168,010 to Fairfax County Public Schools
  • $24,040 to help construct a traffic signal
  • $44,000 for local parks
  • A buyout of $20,898 to separate from the Metro Tax District

Photos by Fatimah Waseem; rendering via Pulte

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — “Strong winds will increase Wednesday morning ahead of a strong cold front and continue into early Wednesday evening. A line of showers will be associated with the frontal passage which could bring localized wind gusts to 50 mph or greater.” [National Weather Service]

The coming train –The Silver Line is bringing more of the D.C. region’s office submarkets into the Metro-accessible category. Northern Virginia accounted for more than half of all new commercial real estate construction last year. [WTOP]

Turning a page — After StoneTurn Group’s third-party review, Reston Association’s Board of Directors passed two actions that aim to bolster internal controls. [The Connection]

Hooked up — Free WiFi is available underground in several Metro stations. But Wiehle-Reston East isn’t on the list yet. [WMATA]

An eggspectacular hunt — At Restoration Church and the newly-planted Reston campus of Floris United Methodist Church, people “find community” and “growth in faith.” [The Connection]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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