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Weekend Discussion Topics

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. County Board Approves Nearly 10 Million Square Feet of Development in Reston
  2. Fairfax County Board to Consider Three Major Development Proposals
  3. With Planning Commission Approval, Reston Gateway Heads to Board of Supervisors
  4. Updated: Several Roads in Reston Closed
  5. Early Discussions on the Future of Hidden Creek Country Club Begin

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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Road Closures Planned for Reston Kids’ Triathlon on Sunday

 

Several Reston roads will be closed Sunday morning as kids and attendees take to the streets to participate in the eighth annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon, which is co-sponsored by Reston Association and YMCA Fairfax County Reston.

RA provided the following information via a statement:

Ridge Heights Road will be shut down between Terraset Elementary School and Turtle Pond Drive from approximately 7:15 to 10 a.m. and Seahawk Drive will be closed from about 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. There will be a coned-off bike lane on Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive and Soapstone Drive – all on the inside lane of the triangle formed by those roads.There will be no parking along the south side (Langston Hughes Middle School side) of Ridge Heights Road beginning at midnight extending from Soapstone to South Lakes. The above map shows the bike course on those three roads.

Photo via RA

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Blues and Greens in New Exo Residential Towers Designed to Make a Statement

The deep blue and green colors of the EXO at Excelsior Park, which houses two 16-story residential towers, has attracted some attention from passersby, including some raised eyebrows.

At R2L:Architects, the design firm behind the 457-unit apartment building on the Oracle campus, wanted exactly that distinguishing quality from other nearby projects.

“We wanted to come up with something that isn’t boring and that has a lot of variety,” said Lee Rubenstein, a principal with R2L:Architects.

The building includes a glass facade that automatically tints based on the direction of the sun. Tenants can also control how tinted they want the glass to be. The EXO is also LEED gold.

The color, which shifts from green to deep blue depending on the viewer’s perspective, was intentionally selected to help make the building standout.

“It makes a statement for sure, in addition to just having actual color. There are so many buildings out there and they don’t have much chroma at all. This punctuates the landscape,” Rubenstein said. 

Because the site plan was already approved, the architecture firm was charged with doing something creative with a limited framework, he said.

The EXO rests on a landscaped parking plinth. The space between the two towers contains outdoor seating, dining areas, a swimming pool and landscaping. It also has 642 parking spaces.

Readers, we’d love to hear what you think of the color and design of the building in the comments below.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem and vantagehill

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Comstock, Town Officials Withdraw Application for Redevelopment of Downtown Herndon

Plans for the redevelopment of downtown Herndon were officially withdrawn in late July following the filing of three appeals from property owners next to the site of the redevelopment effort.

The appellants are challenging the June 18 decision of the Heritage Preservation Review Board to approve the redevelopment plan, which is presented through a public-private partnership between the developer, Comstock, and the town, which owns the property.

The appeals allege the HPRB approved the project prematurely and failed to apply the town’s requirements for historical preservation, including whether or not the proposed development, which would require demolition of some buildings, was compatible with buildings in the heritage preservation district. Of particular concern is the demolition of the old Stohlman Subaru building on Elden Street, the preservations status and significance of which was misrepresented to the public and the board, according to the appeals.

One appeal charges that the town exercised “undue influence” on the HPRB and attempted to limit its power by clarifying town officials’ expectations of how the board would handle the redevelopment proposal. The appeal also states the town officials’ presentation of the application to the HPRB was biased.

Discussions are underway between town officials and the developer to determine the next steps. “We continue to work with the town and trust that things will stay on track,” a spokesperson for Comstock told Reston Now.

In a statement, Lisa Merkel, the mayor of the Town of Herndon, said she was disappointed the project was being stalled despite years of planning, outreach and public comment, especially since the demolition of the old Stohlman Subaru building was evident in proposals since the original request for proposals.

I hope this delay doesn’t cost Herndonians the opportunity to have the vibrant, arts-focused, smalltown downtown so many have dreamed of and worked to make happen for decades. I am hopeful, but worried,” Merkel wrote.

Going forward, the town’s zoning administrator must schedule a hearing at the next town council meeting. During the meeting, appellants will discuss their appeals before the council. The town council will decide whether or not it will reverse the HPRB’s decision on the development.

Other concerns raised in the appeals include the impact of the development on traffic, overflow parking needs for residents of nearby apartments, and the high-density nature of the development.

The filed appeals are below:

Heritage Preservation Review Board Appeals by Fatimah Waseem on Scribd

File photo

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This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Reston

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 Weekend: Present your MyPanera card for a Free Bagel every day in August @ Panera.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

All Weekend:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

​​​​Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

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]!

Photo via Tim’s Reston

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Friday Morning Notes

Kids are first, aren’t they? — Kids R First is back for its 20th anniversary as the Reston-based organization helps public schools kid from Northern Virginia with its school supply distribution program. [The Connection]

The official version of events — “Reston Gateway will greet Silver Line riders with 4.8 million square feet of mixed-use development at the north entrance to the Reston Town Center Metro Station. The Board of Supervisors approved the aptly named new development on July 31 and it marks the first major new development on the north side of this station.” [Fairfax County Government]

Bookmobile is going places — As of yesterday,  Herndon Elementary School’s summer bookmobile has distributed more than 3,500 books to children in Herndon. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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