Alcorn Denies Boston Properties’ Pitch for Parking Drop Near RTC Metro Station

Boston Properties will have to wait if it wants to reduce parking at Reston Gateway, a major mixed-use project currently under construction next to the Reston Town Center Metro Station.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said he will not move forward with the company’s proposed parking reduction, which would have reduced spaces by 20 percent in the 33-acre development. Alcorn said he wants to wait until phase two of the project is underway in order to examine the demand for parking.

“Most of the parking reduction they requested would not be applied until phase two of their project,” Alcorn told Reston Now. “Let’s see how the parking demand looks after the first phase of the project is completed and occupied, then whether there is adequate parking capacity will be a much less theoretical question.”

Boston Properties sought to provide 1,663 fewer parking spaces than previously approved. Parking for residential units would have taken the biggest hit, with an average drop of 38 percent.

The first phase of the massive project includes four new buildings at the intersection of Sunset Hills Drive and Town Center Parkway. Fannie Mae will lease 850,000 square feet of space on the site.

Once completed, the development will include four office buildings, three residential units with a little over 2,000 units, two hotels, and retail and restaurant uses.

Photos via handout/Fairfax County Government

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