A proposal to invest $250,000 to beautify Lake Anne plaza is picking up steam

Washington Plaza shops reflected in Lake Anne (via vantagehill/Flickr)

A proposal to invest $250,000 to beautify and clean up Lake Anne plaza appears to be picking up steam.

The Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association (LARCA) has signaled its support for the project, which has been proposed by the Gupta Family Foundation, a family that was personal friends of Reston’s founder, Bob Simon.

The project, called Lake Anne Rising, aims to revitalize the plaza by cleaning, restoring potted landscaping, replanting the seal wall along the dock, and adding a planter system.

The proposal also includes a pyramid park near the entrance of the plaza in order to save specimen trees and the pyramid sculpture. The foundation conditioned its funding on LARCA’s commitment of $45,000. Other partners include Reston Museum and Public Art Reston.

The association has budgeted no funding for landscape over the last two years as it grapples with other issues.

George Hadjikyriakou, who was recently elected as LARCA’s board president, stressed that the project is only a conceptual plan.

“We are still in communications with the Guptas and hope that we will at some point soon come to an agreement so that we can move forward to the next steps,” he told Reston Now.

The organization faces numerous organizational issues as the plaza faces $37 million in critical infrastructure repairs.

Reston Patch previously reported the project was stalled after the board would not be able to meet a Dec. 1 deadline to reach an agreement with the Gupta Foundation.

If an agreement is approved, the Guptas proposed the following funding structure, which it noted is strongly aspirational:

  • Gupta Family Foundation – $25,000
  • LARCA – $45,000
  • Reston Community Center – $50,000
  • Reston Association – $25,000
  • Community fundraising — $105,000

An initial presentation stipulated completing the work by April.

Hadjikyriakou said he is hopeful that an agreement on the plan will be reached soon.

I am confident that we will soon reach a common level of understanding of the parameters of such an effort and will agree on how to proceed.”

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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