Before we head off into the hot weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- Where to Catch the Fireworks In and Near Reston
- Updated: Former Reston Association Employee Yells Profanities at Driver
- This Weekend: Fireworks Show at Lake Fairfax Park
- Gas Station Clerk Killed in Herndon Sunoco
- Reston Couple Opens Winery in Leesburg
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Photo via Dave Williams
The Herndon Town Council will fill a vacancy created by the death of Councilmember Jeff Davidson in April.
At a public hearing on Tuesday (July 10), the council will vote to appoint Richard Kaufman as the new council member.
Kaufman previously served as the town attorney from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. He advised the council on legislative issues, leases, franchise agreements and contracts.
The following information about Kaufman was provided by the Town of Herndon:
His legal counsel on topics ranging from town boundaries to economic development was invaluable to the Town Councils under which he served, and he earned tremendous respect throughout his career from his legal peers throughout the Commonwealth. He was active in several organizations, including the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. and the Virginia Municipal League.
Kaufman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University.
If appointed, Kaufman’s term will begin on July 11 and conclude at the end of the year. A new Town Council is set to take office next year.
Photo via Town of Herndon
Reston Association’s Glade tennis courts (11550 Glade Drive) have reopened.
The clay courts were damaged during a wind storm in March that caused two large pine trees to damage the clay court, court lights, and perimeter fencing.
In April, staff from RA’s Central Service Facility removed trees from courts in order to prevent future damage. After inspections, arborists had determined standing trees and pine trees posed a threat to public safety.
Passes are required to play on the courts.
Photo via Reston Association
Data centers with a fenced perimeter are inching closer to approval at Sunrise Technology Park, a 21-acre office park with four existing buildings slated for redevelopment. The Fairfax County Planning Commission approved the project by CoreSite Realty Corp. on June 28.
The proposal is part of a move by CoreSite to expand its footprint in Reston. The company selected the location on the south side of Sunrise Valley Drive in order to ensure the operation was near enterprises in Reston. The property was purchased for $60 million from Brookfield Office Properties in 2016.
“They had a choice of where they wanted to be,” said David Gill of McGuireWoods and the developer’s representative, adding that CoreSite was willing to “roll up their sleeves and a pay a premium to adaptively reuse [the] office park.”
The development is divided into four phases, one of which is currently in progress. When the first phase is complete, two existing buildings on the southern half of the property will be reconstructed and expanded with about 291,000 square feet of development. Two buildings will be demolished on the southeastern edge of the property to make way for a three-story building with 240,000 square feet in the second phase.
During phase three, one building and associated parking in the center of the property will give way to a three-story data center and another building. The fourth and final phase on the northern edge of the project will involve the demolition of existing buildings to make way for a three-story data center with 172,000 square feet. The number of stories on the buildings may vary, but will not exceed three stories.
Gill noted that the development will reduce traffic by 60 percent both during peak traffic hours and an overall reduction in trips. The data centers are expected to house a maximum of 45 employees. The development will also remove 700 parking spaces on the largely vacant site, Gill said.
However, planning officials said they were concerned buildings in phase two do not sufficiently meet environmental efficiency standards, namely LEED certification.
Gill noted CoreSite is using technologies like a cistern that uses rainwater to cool servers. CoreSite plans to address the county’s concerns about LEED certification and energy efficiency before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s vote on the project, Gill said.
During the commission’s public hearing, Brian Carpenter, a resident from a nearby residential zone, said he wanted to ensure security cameras on the property would not compromise the privacy of nearby homes. The issue will be discussed with the developer.
Handout via Fairfax County Government
Each Friday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Reston. Highlights for the upcoming weekend include:
Deal of the Week: Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, get a 77 cent 8-inch pizza @ Ledo Pizza with any purchase of a Pepsi product at full price.
- Work from the Brew House @ Lake Anne Brew House
- BOGO Free Lunch @ Boston Market
- Free Card Friday @ Banner’s Hallmark
- Kids Workshops @ Chick-Fil-A, Home Depot & Michaels
- Movies & Mimosas & Bow Tie Cinemas
- Free Samples @ Whole Foods & PetSmart
- $5 off $25+ @ Glory Days
- Loyalty Restaurant Week @ PassionFish
- BOGO Free on your receipt @ Potbelly
- $7.99 Lunch Combo @ Honeybaked Ham
See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:
Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!
Search for missing endangered man — Local police are searching for a 78-year-old missing man who may be driving a black Mercedez Benz with tags WNX-6310. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Sully’s Pour House to reopen — After its roof collapsed at 754 Elden Street, Sully’s Pour House announced it plans to reopen on July 20. [Sully’s Pour House]
Stateside: A clear pipeline — “The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld, for the third time, a hotly debated state law allowing natural gas companies to enter private property without landowner permission to survey possible routes for new pipelines.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Photo by Keith Hartke