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Fairfax County Rejects Redevelopment Proposal for Phase One of Reston Town Center North

by Fatimah Waseem May 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm 31 Comments

(Updated on May 18, 2 p.m. to include information about the release of the RFP)

Fairfax County officials formally rejected a redevelopment proposal for two blocks of the future Reston Town Center North project, a 47-acre plot of land where a street grid, mixed-use buildings and a recreation center are envisioned.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors rejected Reston Civic Core’s October 27, 2017 proposal earlier this month, citing that the proposal’s scope was well beyond the intention of the project and required a “substantial financial commitment” from the county. The cost of the project was not immediately made available.

RTC North, which is located south of Bowman Towne Drive, will be developed through a public-private partnership. The first phase of development, blocks seven and eight, could include more than 420 residential units, an expanded homeless shelter and library, private commercial development and office space for nonprofit organization.

An advisory committee with representation from Reston citizens and senior county staff first recommended denying the proposal. The county will continue examining other development proposals in the coming months.

In response to a request from Reston Now, the county declined to release the RFP, which was issued in July 2017, and Reston Civic Core’s proposal. Here’s more from a spokesman about the denial: 

Because the proposal was rejected, the request for proposal and proposal are sealed, following the county’s purchasing regulations. Reston Civic Core’s proposal was rejected due to its additional scope and the financial commitment required of  the county. Fairfax County is evaluating how to move forward, including considering future planning and procurement options.

This story has been updated.

  • cRAzy

    Gee, didn’t hear a word about this from our Supervisor, you know, Cathy Hudgins, even tho the decision was made two weeks ago.

    From Fairfax County website: “Due to the additional scope and the financial parameters, the advisory committee recommended rejection of the Reston Civic Core proposal. On May 1, 2018, the Board of Supervisor’s concurred with the recommendation to reject the proposal.” https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/reston-town-center-north-rtcn

    Thanks for keeping us informed Supervisor Hudgins!

    • 30yearsinreston

      She is sulking and planning more charretes

    • Evey Hammond
    • Evey Hammond
    • Evey Hammond

      Cathy Hudgins has open meetings the first Wednesday of every month. She had one at Patrick Henry Library on May 2. She could very well have discussed it at that meeting, or you could have brought it up. Did attend that meeting?

    • Evey Hammond

      Cathy Hudgins has a weekly broadcast on Channel 16, “Connecting With Supervisor Hudgins” It airs at the following times:

      Sundays 4 p.m.
      Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
      Fridays 4 p.m.

      Do you ever tune in?

    • Evey Hammond

      Have you signed up for Fairfax Alerts?
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts/

    • Evey Hammond

      The actual planning work is carried out by the Fairfax County Planning Commission. The Hunter Mill Planning Commissioner is John Carter. His information is here:
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/huntermill

    • Evey Hammond

      This is the Calendar of Planning Commission meetings
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/meetingcalendar

    • Evey Hammond

      That information was also posted on Cathy Hudgins’ page. She also got the word out
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/

    • Evey Hammond

      This is the page for Cathy Hudgins’ office. The staff member who handles land use and planning is Goldie Harrison
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/about-us-0
      You can contact her from that page

    • Evey Hammond

      If you want the minutes, video and agendas for Fairfax County Board meetings, this is the portal:
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/boardofsupervisors/2018-board-meetings
      From this portal, you can access the full video of the May 1st meeting, and see for yourself how Cathy Hudgins voted.

    • Evey Hammond

      Cathy Hudgins has had multiple meetings on Reston Town Center. Have you attended any? Here are two:

      https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/fairfaxcounty/hunter-mill-district-community-outreach-meeting

      https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/fairfaxcounty/reston-town-center-north-community-update-may-31-2017

      That information was also posted on Cathy Hudgins’ page. She also got the word out

      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/

      Cathy Hudgins has open meetings the first Wednesday of every month. She had one at Patrick Henry Library on May 2. She could very well have discussed it at that meeting, or you could have brought it up. Did attend that meeting?

      This is the page for Cathy Hudgins’ office. The staff member who handles land use and planning is Goldie Harrison
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/about-us-0

      You can contact her from that page

      The actual planning work is carried out by the Fairfax County Planning Commission. The Hunter Mill Planning Commissioner is John Carter. His information is here:
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/huntermill

      This is the Calendar of Planning Commission meetings

      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/meetingcalendar

      If you want the minutes, video and agendas for Fairfax County Board meetings, this is the portal:
      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/boardofsupervisors/board-supervisors-meetings
      From this portal, you can access the full video of the May 1st meeting, and see for yourself how Cathy Hudgins voted.

      Have you also signed up for Fairfax Alerts?

      https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts/

      • 30yearsinreston

        What are you going to do when she gets fired or resigns ?

        • Evey Hammond

          I’ve met Cathy Hudgins and worked with her on public transportation. I actually like her. If enough people actually contact her directly, I think she can respond. I somehow think that those who say that the higher density development of Reston is somehow all down to her corruption are wrong.

          The actual problem is that the county is becoming so densely populated as a whole that it’s hard to say where to put everyone.

          When I moved into Reston in 1974, Fairfax County only had a population of 275,000 and the primary economic activity was dairy farming.
          It was pretty easy to keep the density down in Reston when there was a much lower population and there was all that farmland available elsewhere in the County. Now, the county has 1.35 million people, and the farms are fast disappearing. It’s much harder now to come up with places to put everyone moving into the county. We can’t just throw up the walls around Reston and say that the people moving into the county can’t move here.

          As I recall, the development pressure really began when the Toll Road went through. As soon as Reston had easy access to Dulles Airport, Tyson’s Corner and DC, suddenly everyone wanted to move here. I don’t think that’s going to change.

          The congestion of Reston and Tyson’s are of a piece. Reston got congested because people live here and work and play elsewhere. Tyson’s got congested because people work and play in Tyson’s and live elsewhere. And Reston and Tyson’s have been joined at the hip for many decades. Each area only has three main roads connecting it elsewhere.

          Even if someone else were elected as Hunter Mill supervisor, the cow left the barn many decades ago where the forces leading to our current situation are concerned. At this point, the only low density areas in the county are where millionaires who don’t have to think about selling up to developers are. Otherwise, throughout the County, the parking lots are the new dairy farms, and the only way to accommodate everyone moving in to the county is to take out the parking lots and put them there.

          • Guest

            This analysis has so many gaps that I gasped when I read it. Tysons and Reston are joined at the hip? In whose imagination? I doubt most ppl would agree with that. That is a developers’/BoS notion used to justify massively inappropriate density and increased tax revenues. If you want to be a member if the Cathy Hudgins Fan Club, be my guest, but most of us can’t wait for her to leave,

          • Evey Hammond

            I am just stating my recollections of the situation. As a person living in Reston it was my personal observation that before Reston Town Center was built, most people in Reston seemed to go to Tyson’s to shop, dine and go to the movies. It was my personal observation that a lot of people who lived in Reston worked in Tyson’s or McLean. That’s what I meant by joined at the hip.

          • 30yearsinreston

            You need toget out more often
            Before RTC most people worked in the District
            Check the stats for that time

          • Evey Hammond

            As of 1990 (Before RTC) most commuting in Fairfax County was from one location in Fairfax County to another.
            https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/commuting/datasets/1990/worker-flow/varesco.txt

          • Evey Hammond
          • 30yearsinreston

            The point is that Hudgins has done nothing to improve the infrastructure that is required to support the increasing development
            In fact, she is on record as promoting development before infrastructure

            Take a drive around the main Reston arteries at rush hour some time
            Take a look at the increased taxes we have to pay to support schools after developers who reap huge windfalls have left
            Take a look at the proffers she has negotiated for increased density

            Get back to us if you find any evidence that she is working for us

          • Evey Hammond

            Please tell me what tax windfalls the developers have gotten.

            Also, the Coalition for a Planned Reston has just thanked Cathy Hudgins for putting a hold on zoning changes so that they can work toward a better solution:

            http://reston2020.blogspot.com

            Coalition for a Planned Reston has been working hard to have more sensible planning for Reston. Have you been volunteering for them? Have you been attending their meetings?

            Have you worked with Rescue Reston to help preserve the Reston National Golf Course as open space? Did you show up to speak before the Board of Supervisors?

            Are you just cynically commenting?

          • Boiled Frog

            Just a small example, the suicide lanes (for bikes) are covered in debris, fallen branches and slick leaves. Now, lets say I complain loud enough I can get this fixed?

            My guess is YES! At the expense of tax payers and to the benefits of 5 or 10 bikers who use the suicide lanes (and are now using the car lanes).

            Next thing, pedestrians. Most cities with that much traffic have pedestrian overpasses, not us. Being a pedestrian in this town means taking life into your own hands.

            Etc. I could provide more details but it would make no difference.

            Fact: the local politicos sold their soul to the devil long before Reston became what it is today. Regardless, I appreciate you explaining the history and doing your part in making Reston better! I wish we all could be like you. … where do you get the time?

          • Evey Hammond

            I’m a retiree

          • 30yearsinreston

            Hudgins gets paid a handsome salary and benefits to work for us
            I don’t

            Besides what I do is immaterial and just deflects from her abysmal performance
            Have you come up with anything that Hudgins has done for the community yet ? Its no wonder some think she is shilling for developers
            The latest example is taxpayers being tapped for the latest announced road improvements

            Or are you just grandstanding for her ?

          • Evey Hammond

            This is the Coalition for a Planned Reston website. Are you going to work with them to keep pressure on Cathy Hudgins, or are you just going to make snide comments?
            https://plannedreston.wordpress.com

          • Conservative Senior

            Did you forget that Hudgins spent around $100,000 for a traffic impact study of Wiehle/Sunset Hills many years ago, and then did nothing! She needs to retire.

          • Evey Hammond

            If people are so unhappy with her, why doesn’t anyone get someone to run against her? Why doesn’t someone primary her from the Democratic Party? Why won’t the Republican Party run a candidate? The next Board of Supervisors election is next year.

          • Evey Hammond

            Could the Impact study have been used in the planning of Comstock Reston Station and the Wiehle Reston Ave Metro Station?

      • cRAzy

        I guess it’s just too much to ask that our Supervisor–or one of her staff–take five minutes to draft and issue a statement in a timely manner (or at all) that the Board took this action–and maybe even how she voted on this important community matter. Talk about fingering the community!

        • Evey Hammond

          She did put the notice up on her webpage, and the video of the Board meeting went up that day.

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