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Reston Then and Now: Woodland Park

by Vernon Miles January 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

Woodland Park Crossing in Herndon may be facing some current turnover, but change is certainly nothing new for the area.

Fairfax County’s Historic Imagery Viewer shows aerial photography of the county dating back to 1937, and photography over the Woodland Park area shows the very familiar story of the area’s residential, then commercial, expansion over the last thirty years.

Even through the 1980s, there was very little new development in the Woodland Park area. Most of the area, aside from one residential development to the west, remained open fields. But by the 1990s, new residential development near the Stratton Woods Park began to grow further west.

By the early 2000s, residential developments had begun to completely fill the area south of Sunrise Valley Drive, accelerated by the growth of the McNair Farms community to the southwest. Throughout the 2000s, the new residential development spurred the creation of new retail and industrial spaces north of Sunrise Valley Drive.

And more changes are still ahead for the Woodland Park area, with the Herndon Silver Line Metro station under construction just to the northeast of the site, spurring new planned mixed-use development for an area that thirty years ago was mostly open fields.

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  • Arielle in NoVA

    Still unhappy that the current developers recently razed ALL of the trees at the SW corner of Monroe & 267 >:(

    • Mike M

      Me too. But say good bye to all those other stands of woods you like.

      These articles are interesting. But one level deeper would be fascinating. Surely there were a few businesses and farms all over this area back in the 50s and before., What did they do and grow?

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