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Three Property Owners Challenge Downtown Herndon Redevelopment

by RestonNow.com July 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

A public hearing before the Herndon Town Council is planned as three appeals surface against Comstock’s plans to redevelop downtown Herndon.

Three property owners filed appeals last month disputing the Heritage Preservation Review Board’s approval of Comstock’s application for new construction. The property owners, who live near the 4.6-acre site, challenged the construction of the structure and specific features of the site.

The application concerns the demolition of buildings on 770 Elden Street and 750 Center Street, as well as the development’s architecture. At a June 18 HPRB meeting, town officials defended the approvals.

Due to the appeals, the council will hold a public hearing to allow appellants to justify their appeals. The approval under question by the HPRB — known in planning jargon as the Certificate of Appropriateness for New Construction — is rendered void due to the appeals.

The HPRB can reverse or change its decision if evidence is presented that the approval was not correct. Through a public-private partnership with the town, Comstock plans to build 274 residential units, 17,000 square feet of retail and a 761-space garage.

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  • SupBrah

    This utopic rendering is complete BS! It doesn’t at all reflect the dumpster fire that Comstock is proposing next door in Herndon (see link below). Their current renderings tell the *true* story: standard block apartments with cheap substituted materials that could be found anywhere in Reston; a garage that protrudes as a 5th story above the apartments; and “bridges” between buildings should be relegated to Clarendon. And that’s not to mention their apartment building’s bottom-of-the-barrel ratings on Yelp!

    See: http://herndon.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1442&meta_id=69585

    Also: https://www.yelp.com/biz/comstock-holding-companies-reston

    It would be a novelty if RestonNow did some independent reporting every now and then instead of just passing on developers’ and municipalities’ BS!

  • dbncoold

    This is the only way to subdue the insanely inflated property values of Fairfax County. We don’t need office buildings. We don’t need shopping plazas. We need roads. We need large, multi-unit housing developments, and a lot of them. The whole county is already a dump, and Herndon is no exception, so a project like this will not make it more or less ugly. You either have to hate it but go with the flow, or move somewhere nicer.

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