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Decision on ‘Midline’ Near Wiehle-Reston East Delayed

by RestonNow.com September 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm 9 Comments

A decision on The Midline, a 1.8-million-square-foot development proposed near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station was delayed to Oct. 11 by the Fairfax County Planning Commission on Thursday (Sept. 27).

JBG Smith, EYA and Chevy Chase Land Co. are partnering to create a 17.5-acre development east of Wiehle Avenue and south of Sunset Hills Road with up to 1.2 million square feet of residential development, 260,000 square feet of office space and up to  250,000 square feet of retail.

The development team plans to design four blocks and has offered the county two development options. The first would include 1,058 residential units and 251,150 square feet of secondary uses and the second plan would include 1,098 residential units and 187,750 square feet of secondary uses.

The case is not yet docketed for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Photo via handout/Fairfax County Government

  • Tammi Petrine

    “The Devil is in the details.” For this proposal, several are lacking. One is a grocery store commitment. JBG recently said although space is planned for it, they had been unable to secure same. Whoa! The entire Wiehle TSA is depending on an on-site grocery as a walkable necessity for the THOUSANDS of new residents in that area and people lacking nearby options due to Tall Oaks Village Center being abandoned.

    Second, the vision for the Reston Master Plan for the Wiehle area was an emphasis on EDUCATION. We had hoped to attract additional university presence here. Instead we are losing it.

    I hope that these two deficiencies can be corrected. In the meantime, I hope developers STOP labeling every square foot of non-structure areas as ‘park’ of one type or another. Linguistic gymnastics do not true parks make. AND size matters. A tree planter surrounded by a bench is NOT a pocket park. It is LANDSCAPING> Sigh.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      A food store there would be wonderful. So would academic use.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Hudgins would only approve of fried chicken shacks

        • James

          Racist.

          • 30yearsinreston

            Chickens are white

    • 30yearsinreston

      They will allow pooches, so its a park

      Keep hoping

    • restonista

      I’m also tired of the developers throwing around the use of the word, “pocket park,” even if that. A pocket park is not big enough for adults, children and animals to enjoy. Pocket park=poop park. There needs to be more actual parks and green space. This also doesn’t include roof tops covered in astroturf!

      • Greg

        Reston occupies approximately 7,040 acres of land, of which 18 percent (1,300 acres) is open space.

        Reston’s tree canopy covers about half of Reston’s total area.

        How much is enough?

        How much more do you want?

        How much are you will to pay for it?

        • restonista

          I guess I need to clarify my thoughts. I didn’t necessarily mean to advocate for more or less park space in this instance. I wanted to point out that developers use “pocket park” to enhance their presentations and/or submissions, which in reality, these are too small for enjoyment for all. Especially in residential areas, these pocket parks become poop parks. I still can’t believe how many parents let their kids run around the park in front of Midtown at RTC. It’s totally gross!

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