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With Planning Commission Approval, Reston Gateway Heads to Board of Supervisors

by Fatimah Waseem July 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm 15 Comments

Reston Gateway, a 33-acre mixed-up project and the future home of Fannie Mae, received a green light from the Fairfax County Planning Commission Thursday night.

The development proposal, which includes 2.2 million square feet of office space, a 570-room hotel, 93,000 square feet of retail, and 2,010 residential units, heads to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on July 31.

Boston Properties plans to develop the property in two phases. During phase one, blocks A through D will be building and two existing high-rise buildings on Blocks E through L will remain. During phase two, office buildings will be removed to make way for Blocks E through J.  Sixteen percent of the residential units — 322 units — will be workforce dwelling units.

Noting that the project overall seemed strong, Planning Commissioner Ellen Hurley cast the only vote against the proposal. Hurley said she was concerned the developer reduced income requirements for affordable units to 70, 80, and 90 percent of the area median income — a reduction that she said was unfair to the commission.

“If the policy is not working, then perhaps we should revise the policy,” Hurley said.

The project, which runs from the door of Metro to the border of Reston Town Center, is located on the north side of Sunset Hills Road from Reston Parkway to Town Center Parkway.

The commission approved a five percent parking reduction for off-street parking in phase one and a nearly 11 percent reduction in off-street parking for phase two. Overall, the plan contemplates a reduction of 660 parking spaces.

Part of the deal includes the conveyance of a 60,000-square-foot performing arts center planned in phase two of the development. The building would be conveyed to the county’s board or another entity. If the plan fails, Boston Properties will provide required contributions for an athletic field, according to Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner John Carter.

Carter said he was comfortable with the parking arrangement, especially for residential units. Affordable units will receive one space reduced at a set price based on the income tier and all spaces will be unbundled from units.

Parking reductions for Reston Gateway are acceptable because the development sits on top a Metro Station, Carter said. Unlike the recently approved residential building on 1801 Old Reston Avenue, street parking options and planned sidewalks should encourage more pedestrians to walk in the area, Carter said. A full commitment to the road fund will also be provided.

The breakdown of each block is below:

  • Block A: A 420-foot office building with retail and restaurant uses
  • Block B: A 380-foot office building with retail and restaurant uses
  • Block C: A 249-room hotel with retail and restaurant uses
  • Block D: A 600-unit residential unit with retail and restaurant uses. The block will include a five-level parking garage
  • Block E: A 930-unit residential building with retail and restaurant uses, as well as three levels of underground parking and six levels of above-grade parking
  • Block F: A 480-unit residential building with two levels of underground parking and five levels of above-ground parking
  • Block G: This block is pending a Planned Residential Community amendment. It could contain a hotel, retail, restaurants and a six-level parking garage, as well as office uses
  • Block H: A two-level building with 6,000 square feet of commercial uses on the ground level and a possible landing area for the second level of a pedestrian bridge across Sunset Hills Road from the Metro Station
  • Block J: An office building with three levels of underground parking. This block could be conveyed to the Board of Supervisors for a future performing arts center 

Handouts via Fairfax County Government

  • 30yearsinreston

    More paid parking forBPX

  • vdiv

    Taller than the Burj Khalifa or bust!

  • Big Drop

    420’ is a significant signature tower for Reston, only 50’ shorter than the new Capital One building at Tyson’s. I believe the Fannie Mae tower is 30 floors and will also be taller than anything in Rosslyn.

    I wonder if the top of the Fannie Mae tower will be lit up?

    • vdiv

      The “silver lining” or the straw to grasp on for Reston is that with so many tall buildings the approach path to Dulles may have to shift, either over Herndon or over Great Falls, Wolf Trap and Vienna.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Hope it goes over Hudgins house

      • Greg

        Doubtful — minimum flight level is 3000 feet.

        But, it will change somewhat when (if) NextGen rolls out.

        • vdiv

          It’s more about the increased population density and the consequences of a mishap.

    • 30yearsinreston

      It should have Hudgins name in lights

  • Why do you bother?

    ” a reduction that she was unfair to the commission”

    Can someone please loan this sentence a verb?

    • Greg

      I am sure you can rent one from Reston Realist…

  • Greg

    322 “workforce” units. The gravy train is overflowing.

    The good news, perhaps, is that it’s only 16, not 20 as some demand, percent.

  • Money back

    I moved to Reston on the premise of sunshine and golf, now I am standing in the shadows of the tower of Babble.

  • Big Drop

    When you envision Town Center II and the adjacent RTC West the several blocks near the Metro will have a great deal of visual impact:

    Buildings heights of 420’, 360’, 300’,and 300’ plus several more buildings of 200’ plus. At buildout the two developments may be adding as many as eight buildings between 20 and 30 stories. A 22 story condo is also approved across the street from the new 21 story Signature apartments. Counting the existing Midtown condos and Metropolitan the new Town Center and RTC West will Total at least 13 towers between 20 and 30 stories tall where now there are four.

    I am merely asking what the plan is to move traffic around this area?

  • AdirondackChairman

    In the decades ahead auto-piloting in cars will improve traffic flow so much that there will be no need for additional roads or lanes. Existing infrastructure is sufficient, if only people quit driving in start-stop fits. Computers will solve that problem.

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