Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Reston Crossing Redevelopment

With little fanfare and discussion yesterday (Tuesday), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tishman Speyer’s proposal to redevelop a Reston office park into seven mixed-use buildings next to the future Reston Town Center Metro Station.

The project, known as Reston Crossing, would replace two office buildings with 2 million square feet of development at the intersection the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Crossing. Plans were first pitched in January last year.

Details of Reston Crossing are below:

  • Building 1: Up to 390,000 square feet of office and up to 15,000 square feet of retail
  • Building 2: Up to 130,000 square feet with between 89 or 144 residential units
  • Building 3: Up to 290,000 square feet in a residential-only building with between 144 to 322 units
  • Building 4: Up to 510,000 square feet with office and retail use. The building could have up to 22 stories — the tallest of all the buildings
  • Building 5: Up to 245,000 square feet with up to 261 residential units and some retail
  • Building 6: Up to 230,000 square feet with up to 244 residential units and some retail
  • Building 7: Up to 205,000 square feet with up to 222 units and 5,000 square feet of retail

The plan includes 890,000 square feet of office space, more than 1 million square feet of residential and up to 50,000 square feet of retail. More than 1,000 residential units are planned on the 14-acre site. Open light wells called “oculi” will allow pedestrians in open spaces to look down onto the parking level of the site.

The board also approved tweaks to Halley Rise, which will be anchored by Wegmans. One Reston Co. LLC and Two Reston Co. LLC sought to redistribute previously approved square footage to break up what the team called a “crowded block” on the project.

A plan to scale back the amount of office space at Reston Heights (11830 Sunrise Valley Drive) was also approved. The change reduced the amount of previously approved office space by 215,000 square feet.

Rendering via handout/Fairfax County Government

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‘Hunter Mill Melodies’ Come to Frying Pan Farm Park

Frying Pan Farm Park will come to life with music from around the world this summer.

The series, “Hunter Mill Melodies,” kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) and runs through Aug. 22. It aims to celebrate the county’s commitment to diversity and community spirit.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs. So far, the schedule, which is subject to change, is below:

  • June 27: Scythian (Irish Rock)
  • July 11: The Reunion Jazz Orchestra (Big Band)
  • July 18: Whiskey Wildfire (New Country)
  • July 25: Bumper Jacksons (Americana, Country, Bluegrass)
  • August 1: Incendio (Latin)
  • August 8: Chopteeth (Afrofunk)
  • August 15: Veronneau (World Jazz)
  • August 22: The United States Navy ‘Cruisers’ (Pop Rock)

For last minute performance cancellations due to inclement weather, call 703-324-7469 one hour prior to the program start time.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority‎/Facebook

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In Visual Art and Poetry Exhibit, Artists Explore ‘Finding Home’

Reston Community Center‘s Jo Ann Rose Gallery will display “Finding Home,” a collaboration between two artists who explore what home means to them, next month.

The exhibit, which features former Reston resident and visual artist Morgan Johnson Norwood and Reston resident and poet Sally Toner, runs from July 30 to Aug. 24.

Both artists will also explore loss and women’s lives today in the exhibit. Norwood draws from her experience after a divorce forced her to relocate and Toner reflects on a breast cancer diagnosis that influenced her writing. Her first book, “Anansi and Friends,” will be released this summer.

Norwood and Toner, who were neighbors and are educators, look forward to sharing their work with the community. Norwood’s paintings feature circular forms, which symbolize “nurturing small spaces within seed pods,” she told RCC. Toner’s poetry features “flipping around”of romantic concepts inspired by William Blake’s “The Tyger” and “The Lamb.”

RCC interviewed the artists, who said the following about the exhibit:

“Much of my auditory sensibility with spoken language comes from my grandfather — his Georgia accent, smooth syntax, and the audacious storytelling to which I always had a front-row seat,” said Toner. “Finding Home transcends the man-made elements of both Reston and Arlington to find truth in nature and energy in the urban sphere.”

“Sally has gone through cancer and faced fear and reevaluated her priorities, and I have gone through divorce and loss and also faced fear and reevaluated mine,” Norwood said. “I see our conversation as a universal one of transformation and upheaval and then finding that sense of safety and love.”

A reception and special reading is set for Saturday, Aug. 3 from 12-2 p.m. at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery.

Photo via Morgan Johnson Norwood/Reston Community Center

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Pet of the Week: Holly

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Holly, a young Domestic Short Hair female available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team have to say about her:

Miss Holly isn’t quite ready to come out of her bed to explore or say hi yet. But — she gladly accepts pets and attention if you’ll sit next to her for a while.

Very shy, Holly found her way to some cat loving people who brought her in from the outside and with our help, got her healthy and ready for adoption.

For now, we’re looking for some cat experienced people who can continue to help Holly on her way to being a friendly and social girl ready to give as much love as she gets.

Are you and Holly a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Local Police Investigate Indecent Exposure Incident in Herndon

Local police are investigating an indecent exposure incident that happened this month in Herndon.

According to the Herndon Police Department, a woman said a driver approached her while she was walking down Vine Street toward Ferndale Avenue on Friday, June 14.

When the woman declined to accept his offer for a ride, the man exposed himself to her.

Police described the suspect as a white male, between 40 and 50 years old, and of medium build.

The case is under investigation.

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Reston Community Center Launches Community Survey, Explores Future Performing Arts Venue

Reston Community Center is launching a major community survey to explore how residents use its program, facilities and services. The survey is the first of its kind since a decade.

RCC is partnering with the Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to complete the survey. It will also explore community opinions on a new performing arts venue in Reston.

The effort is prompted by changes in Reston’s population and projected future growth due to the expansion of the Silver Line.

“Reston depends on RCC for leisure-time options to enjoy; we want to assure that we are in touch with current views about how people want us to serve their needs. In addition, the media landscape has radically changed and we want to know more about how people get information,” said Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director, in a release. “Along with these issues, this is an ideal opportunity to find out the community’s views about development of a new performing arts venue.”

Respondents selected to participate in the survey will receive an advance letter this month notifying them of the chance to complete the survey. Questionnaire and a postage-paid return envelope will be mailed thereafter. The survey will also be available in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Arabic.

Other residents can also participate in the survey, which will be available online for Reston residents and at RCC’s customer service desks.

Surveying will continue in the summer. The Center for Survey Research will submit its analysis of survey responses to RCC in September.

Individuals interested in receiving a copy of the completed report can request one by emailing [email protected].

All email requests will be kept confidential and completely separate from survey responses, according to RCC.

File photo

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Change of Location for Reston Association Board Meeting — The Board of Directors will meet at The Lake House instead of its usual location at RA headquarters on Thursday. The change was prompted by utility work planned outside of the building that evening. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. [Reston Association]

Arts in the Parks Continues through August — The series, which organizers describe as a fun alternative to Saturday and Wednesday morning cartoons, offers entertainment for children while teaching them on the importance of protecting national resources. Performances kick off at Frying Pan Farm Park tomorrow. [Fairfax County Government]

Robbery Reported on Last Tuesday on Dulles Court — Two individuals attempted to grab a cell phone from a man who was walking along the 600 block of Dulles Court. on Tuesday, June 18. The suspects are described as Hispanic teenagers. [Herndon Police Department]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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