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Public Meeting on Soapstone Connector Set for July 19

by RestonNow.com July 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm 22 Comments

County and state officials will present the findings of an architectural survey of ten parcels on Association Drive that could be impacted by the Soapstone Connector project on July 19.

The Soapstone Connector, approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2014, would connect Sunset Hills Road and the Sunrise Valley Drive crossing over the Dulles Toll Road. The half-mile road would cut through the western side of an office park and require the removal of properties on 1904 Association Drive.

The building is currently home to the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The latest architectural survey — called the Supplemental Phase 1 Architectural Survey in planning jargon — makes recommendations about whether or not specific sites are eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

During the meeting on July 19, officials from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation will seek public input on the survey.

The meeting will take place at the Hunter Mill District Office (1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190). An open house at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a formal presentation at 7:15 p.m.

In order to qualify for listing in the historical register, buildings must be at least 50 years old or have “exceptional merit.” Buildings’ architectural value may also be considered in groups, not merely as individual properties.

The project is expected to cost $169.2 million.

  • Mike M

    The $169M should have come from a bigger fund built up by proffers. Instead our socialist demanded housing subsidy that will benefit the very few.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Hudgins and infrastructure cannot be used in the one sentence

    • Land grab

      I think we have an Indian problem. And to quote Hillary, “go back to the rez”.

      • Translation

        It means, “Stay oppressed.” “Stay beaten down.” “We are better than you.” “You don’t belong in your homeland.” “You have to obey and go away because you’re inferior.” “You don’t matter.” “You’re nothing.” “Go back to your confinement.”

  • Soapstone Mall

    A sprawling mall complex suspended over the freeway would be quickly approved at no additional burden to the tax payer. The on off ramps to to either side and onto the toll road should be proffered. Approved. Start Monday.

    • Mike M

      Ramps? That’s infrastructure. Who needs that?
      People can slow down on the highway and passengers jump from vehicles or park in the neighborhoods and scamper across the Sunrise/Sunset roads at all points. No worries. EMS is yards away at Wiehle. Dang, I’m good! I should be a County “planner.” You know, multiple sources of income are a good thing.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Another opportunity to build iconic towers on a bridge
      If the italians can build a Ponte Di Vecchio, FC can

  • wasINWDC

    Almost a QUARTER BILLION in funds for an overpass where there are already two connectors within one mile of each other – will this even help alleviate traffic?

    • 30yearsinreston

      More will be required once all the Reston Canyons planned for the Golf Courses are completed

    • Greg

      For a few billion more, the entire toll / airport road could be decked over with many tens of millions more square feet of taxable (and iconic) structures built atop it — see comment from Soapstone Mall.

      Also, there’s another quarter-million dollar underpass planned for Town Center Parkway less than a mile farther west.

  • Alf

    Stop this proposed project in its tracks – It is a “backdoor” scheme to justify the development of Hidden Creek Country Club property. It will not significantly, if at all, alleviate traffic congestion; it actually will make the intersection of Soapstone and Sunrise Valley worse. Where is a cost benefit study?

    • Reston Realist

      Exactly! It then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy…. “Well since we have improved infrastructure we can now add density”

      • 30yearsinreston

        Hudgins is already increasing density

    • 30yearsinreston

      Hudgins doesn’t need no cost benefit study
      This is a giveaway for golf course developers
      It will ‘connect’ both golf courses

      • Greg

        I think we all know that both golf courses are doomed. It might be a bit harder and take a bit longer, but Reston National will one day not too far off be nothing but “iconic” structures (with 20 percent “workforce” housing of course).

        These county meetings and charrettes are nothing more than lipstick on the pig — the taxes have been calculated and spent — all that’s left to do is collect them.

    • Cheryl Burnett

      But the bike riders, that don’t use Soapstone…… Will be so happy!

    • Scott

      IDK. Reston desperately needs more viable Toll Road crossings. Soapstone and Town Center Pkwy on the interior and improvements to Hunter Mill on the fringe. The density we have now supports it.
      Also, last I heard, the good Lord has blessed us and hudgins is not seeking reelection. Though I’m sure her replacement will be no better.

      • Greg

        Hudgings is still on the WMATA board, no?

        • John Higgins

          At this time, she is a non-voting alternate director on the WMATA board.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    I can’t imagine these buildings being deemed historic enough to be worthy of preservation if the API building wasn’t.

    • Greg

      They aren’t.

      Nonetheless, they will spend gobs of taxpayers’ money affirming what’s obvious.

    • Cheryl Burnett

      Nope… it is all going to be gone and 15+story highrises will be built… Just watch what is going up on Sunrise Valley now… But remember that side is not RA controlled… The south side is, and we can stop it!!!! (I hope) Though we didn’t stop the stupid bike lanes on South Lakes… But I am holding on to hope.

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