Photos: Demolition of Tall Oaks Village Center Underway

by Fatimah Waseem October 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

Scattered pieces of the skeleton of Tall Oaks Village Center (12022 North Shore Drive) remain as the redevelopment of the property officially begins.

Demolition of the property, which will be redeveloped into a mixed-use project with 156 residential units, 8,500 square feet of retail and 6,000 square feet of office space, is nearly complete.

Construction of the new homes is expected to begin in October and be completed by the end of 2021, according to estimates provided to Reston Now by the development team in September. The development team, which includes Stanley Martin, the contract purchaser of the property, did not return requests for comment from Reston Now.

Stanley Martin’s plan transforms the village center from a predominantly retail-heavy site to a small residential neighborhood with a strip of retail. The center has long struggled with a lack of visibility from the main street and the vacancies left by Giant Foods’ departure in 2007.  The plan calls for 44 townhouses, 42 two-over-two townhouses and 70 multi-family units in two buildings. 

Recently, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering plans to reduce garage size requirements necessary to make the development team’s current plan work.

Tall Oaks’ longtime challenges have been a location on a dead end and lack of visibility from the main street. Its longtime anchor tenant, Giant Foods, moved out in 2007 and vacancies have been mounting since.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem

  • Restonlover

    The planning commission hearing re:changing garage size is November 15. The BOS will then get to vote in December. So, there is no approval. Please check your facts.

    • 30yearsinreston

      with free houses on offer, this is a technicality

    • Conservative Senior

      Reducing the garage size to accommodate the builder is insane. Many cars will not fit & the builder, Stanley Martin, thinks the buyer should be the one to measure & discover that it’s too small. Buyer beware of greedy builders & BOS that doesn’t care about the little guy.

      • restonista

        SM doesn’t care. The cars won’t fit and the garages become storage spaces. Cars end up parking along abutting roads. Terrible for the whole neighborhood.

  • Mike M

    There was seen at the wood line a raven-cloaked witch dressed leering at the mayhem from afar. She commenced a raucous cackling as soon as the first cinder block was turned to dust and rubble. Someone caught a glimpse of her face in the shadows. It looked like . . .

    • Peter Newman


    • Greg

      Was it the wicked witch of Reston? Rumor has it that she resides at Shadowood.

  • Why do you bother?

    Under way is two words.

    • Greg

      “…have been a location on a dead end…”

  • Greg

    Good riddance at long last!

  • Greg

    “Construction of the new homes is expected to begin in October …”

    Of what year?

  • Greendayer

    Eleven years since Giant departed pretty much signaling the end of the Tall Oaks shopping center as we knew it. That’s a long time. Good luck to the revitalization. It desperately needs it.


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