Reston Association to Study Plans to Repurpose Hunters Woods Ball Field

Reston Association plans to explore ways to repurpose the Hunters Woods Ball Field using funds originally allocated for path lighting near Hunters Woods Village Center.

The field, which is located behind Reston Community Center, is no longer used by the Reston-Herndon Little League due to its distance from the nearest parking lot.

RA’s Board of Directors approved a motion to reallocate funds previously approved for pathway lighting at a meeting last Thursday (Sept. 26) to design, study and implement the project.

In tandem, RA plans to install 16 lights near the village center and the ball field. The roughly $100,000 project uses $81,300 in proffer commitment funds from the developer of Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, a senior living community on Colts Neck Road. The proffer is designated specifically for path lighting and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Larry Butler, RA’s Chief Operating Officer, said staff will work with the community to brainstorm possible ideas for the ball field. The Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition — which has long advocated for pathway lighting to improve safety in the area —  requested that RA examine the issue.

“We could do a lot of things there,” Butler said, adding the plan is in its early phases.

In a July 19 letter, the county’s planning staff indicating the ball field is classified as open space, which is designed for scenic or recreational purposes.

Meanwhile, RA is working with Dominion Energy to develop preliminary design plans for the pathway lighting project. The latest plan — which Butler said addresses the “area of most concern” —  is a scaled-back version of a 2014 plan to install 52 lights, which faltered due to limited funding.

The cost of the study is unclear, especially because RA will likely engage with a design architect to determine constraints on the site, including utility polls, Butler said.

The preliminary design calls for 16 LED, shoebox lights likely spread out by about 80 feet. The original plans did not call for LED lights.

Once plans are in place, the project will head to RA’s Design Review Board for a discussion and a vote.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Reston Association Board to Discuss Budget — RA’s Board of Directors will discuss the first draft of the upcoming budget at a meeting today (Thursday) at RA headquarters. Issues related to boat and dock policies, as well as path lighting near Hunters Woods Village Center, will also be discussed at the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. [Reston Association]

Burglary Reported at Forest Edge Elementary School — Police believe some broke into a school trailer and damaged property. The incident happened between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Spots Available on Fairfax County Chaplain Corp. — The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps works as part of an emergency disaster team to provide chaplain care to community members impacted by the effects of a disaster or emergency. Register for an orientation session to meet current community chaplains, learn more about what it means to serve as a community chaplain and learn how to apply. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo by Jay Westcott

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Reston Tailoring’s Disappearance Leaves Clients Hung Out to Dry

Several clients’ clothes are missing following what appears to be the abrupt closure of Reston Tailoring, a local business that has called Reston home for more than 30 years.

An associate for Just Cats Clinic, which neighbors Reston Tailoring at Lake Anne Plaza, told Reston Now that many people have been calling their business to track down their clothes, following Reston Tailoring’s disappearance over the weekend.

“We have no idea what happened,” the associate said.

Reston Now was unable to reach the owners, Berta and Wagner Cordova, after multiple attempts. The property owner of the building also did not respond to requests for comment. Reston Tailoring’s website also went down over the weekend.

The shop moved from Hunters Woods Village Center, its home since 1984, to Lake Anne in 2013.

The store in Lake Anne is empty and no signs indicate what may have happened. It is unclear if the closure is temporary or permanent.

What is known is that Reston Tailoring has been woven into the fabric of the Reston community, serving three generations of customers.

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Retirement Community at Hunters Woods on Track for Spring Opening

Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, a senior living community under construction near the Hunters Woods Village Center, is on track for its spring opening next year.

When complete, the IntegraCare facility will have 210 senior-living units — including 90 independent living units, 81 for assisted living, 24 for memory care and 15 for special needs.

“We believe that it will [open] in May, but have not set a specific date as projects of this nature are always subject to the timeline of county agency approvals,” Cissy Nickel, the community integration director for IntegraCare Corp., told Reston Now.

The exterior shell is finished, and the first floor is almost complete, Nickel said. Drywall, trim, flooring and appliance installation still need work.

Located on a 4.3-acre lot at 2222 Colts Neck Road, the retirement community took the former site of the United Christian Parish. The $72 million project aims to address the shortage of senior housing in the Reston area. 

Reston Now previously reported that construction started in May 2017.

A temporary office and showroom opened in July in the Hunters Woods Shopping Center (2254B Colts Neck Road) to provide more information. 

An open house is set for Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the showroom. 

Rendering by Moseley Architects

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Five Men Involved in Attempted Robbery at Hunters Woods Village Center

The Fairfax County Police Department has released new information about an attempted robbery on Tuesday at the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza.

At around 5:15 a.m., a resident told police that several young men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. When one of the men implied he had a gun, the resident ran away. Two gunshots were fired and the group dispersed.

The man described the group as five Hispanic men who were at least 18 years old. Multiple shell casings were found on the scene and one bullet entered another resident’s home.

No one was harmed and nothing was taken. The incident remains under investigation. A helicopter-assisted search following the incident was unsuccessful in tracking the suspects.

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Fairfax Police Investigate Stabbing of Juvenile in Hunters Woods Plaza

Fairfax County police are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon in the Hunters Woods Plaza.

According to a Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson, a male juvenile was stabbed on Friday. Police responded to a call at 4:43 p.m. on Friday indicating someone had been stabbed.

The victim was found in the 2300 block of the plaza with a non-life threatening wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital and is recovering, the spokesperson said.

Police do not have any updates on the investigation at this time. Anyone with information about crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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Another New Restaurant Coming to Hunters Woods Village Center

An application has been filed with Fairfax County to bring another new restaurant to the Hunters Woods Village Center.

Under the permit name “Mingtong Huang,” the application for a new restaurant at 2260-B Hunters Woods Plaza was processed earlier this month. Attempts to reach the applicant and plaza management for additional information about the incoming restaurant have been unsuccessful.

The site at the plaza, between Rite-Aid and Buffalo Wing Factory, was most recently the home of Mathnasium. Prior to that, it housed Reston Tailoring for nearly 30 years.

Several new restaurants have already opened in the plaza this year, including Kung Fu Tea, King Pollo and Pista House Indian Cuisine.

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Kung Fu Tea Now Open in Hunters Woods Village Center

Hunters Woods Village Center has another new spot to visit.

Kung Fu Tea opened over the weekend at 2280 Hunters Woods Plaza. The “soft opening” of the shop is continuing, manager Jayden Park said, until a grand-opening event tentatively slated for early May.

The shop is a national chain that specializes in drinks such as bubble tea, milk tea and yogurt tea, as well as coffee and slush drinks. The application for the Reston location was submitted to the county in December.

King Pollo and Pista House Indian Cuisine have also recently opened in Hunters Woods.

Other area Kung Fu Tea locations include in Tysons Corner Center (1961 Chain Bridge Road) and in the Centreville Plaza (13830 Lee Highway).

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Check out the menu at the company’s website.

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Colts Neck Road Pedestrian Underpass Could Be Closed for Two Years

Work surrounding the construction of the Hunters Woods at Trails Edge Senior Living Community will disrupt walkways in the area, including forcing the closing of the underpass to Hunters Woods Village Center, for up to two years.

According to information provided by Reston Association, temporary pathways will be created in the area of the construction, 2222 Colts Neck Road. This will include the building of a new pedestrian bridge over Snakeden Creek near the property to ensure access to Colts Neck Road from Reston Parkway remains.

Pedestrians who regularly use the Colts Neck Road underpass to access Hunters Woods Village Center from Reston Parkway can walk to the intersections of Glade Drive or South Lakes Drive where there are signaled crosswalks, RA says.

Developer Atlantic Realty Company will pay for pathway alterations in the area of the construction. The temporary trails will be wood-chipped and unlighted. According to RA, they may not be suitable for bicycles or strollers.

The work to re-route the pathways is expected to begin within the next two weeks.

ARC has agreed, as part of its work to construct the senior-living facility to contribute $81,300 to improve pedestrian trails and pathway lighting within a half-mile of the facility. It also will be putting $60,000 into improvement of the facade of the Colts Neck pedestrian underpass, in coordination with Public Art Reston and Reston Association.

Map courtesy Reston Association

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King Pollo Serving Up Peruvian-Style Chicken at Hunters Woods

If you’ve visited the Hunters Woods Village Center recently, you may have noticed some new signs accompanied by delicious smells.

King Pollo opened recently at 2254-G Hunters Woods Plaza, between Elysium Nail & Spa and Blaze Cut. The space is the former home of Solar Plant Tanning Salon, which closed in 2014.

The restaurant, which offers Peruvian chicken and other Latin cuisine, began work on the location last year.

Early Yelp reviews of the restaurant show praise.

The chain operates five other locations in the region, including in Chantilly and Sterling. The restaurant is open at 10 a.m. every day. Catering options are also available.

King Pollo is the second new restaurant to open in Hunters Woods Village Center in recent weeks, after Pista House Indian Cuisine (2316 Hunters Woods Plaza) opened in February. In addition, signage is up and work is progressing on a Kung Fu Tea location at 2280 Hunters Woods Plaza.

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Residents Gather to Discuss Proposed Road-Stripe Alterations for Bike Lanes, Crosswalks

Several dozen community members filled the cafeteria at Dogwood Elementary School on Thursday to learn more — and express their opinions — about proposed changes to street designs in Reston.

The proposal from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to alter lanes on Colts Neck Road, North Shore Drive and Twin Branches Road drew a large amount of reaction, positive and negative, from community members who would be affected. FCDOT officials say the changes would increase safety for all users of the roads — drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians — by allowing for the addition of crosswalks, creating bike lanes and limiting speeding.

“All of this is happening because [the Virginia Department of Transportation] is repaving the roadways, so we have a chance to re-stripe,” said project manager Adam Lind, Fairfax County’s Bicycle Program manager. “The county has a Bike Master Plan that they adopted in October 2014, so we are here simply trying to implement those recommendations.”

The meeting was a followup from a November meeting at which community feedback on priorities for the three roads was gathered.

FCDOT street design community meetingResidents raised concerns at Thursday’s meeting about the potential loss of parking in certain areas, including near Hunters Woods and Lake Anne elementary schools and the Lake Audubon Pool. In addition, worries were brought up by residents including increased congestion on Colts Neck Road and the potential danger of having one center turn lane in areas with left-hand turns on both sides.

“We’re definitely getting feedback from both sides,” Lind said. “A lot of it is people who have their concerns about their specific neighborhoods, and we think we’ve done a decent job trying to address a lot of those concerns, but the point of these meetings is to get this local feedback so we can continue to make upgrades and updates to the design.”

Bruce Wright, of Reston, is a Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling board member. He said making Reston a more bike-friendly community is important. In addition, he said, pedestrian safety on Colts Neck Road is a particular concern.

“There have been two pedestrians killed crossing Colts Neck, and I think by going from four lanes to two lanes, it’s going to be safer for everybody,” he said. “I think it’s going to be great if the county goes through with that plan.”

Colts Neck Road redesign proposal/FCDOTAmong the proposals for Colts Neck Road is the call for the creation of at least one crosswalk at Hunters Woods Village Center and a possible pedestrian “refuge island” between lanes. Lind said to create crosswalks, a four-lane road must be altered to become a two-lane road with a center turn lane.

“You go across one lane, you have a pedestrian refuge, and then you go across the other lane,” he said. “We’re not going to add a crosswalk across a four-lane undivided [road] like Colts Neck; it’s just not safe.”

Dave Crocker, vice president of the nearby Hunters Square Cluster, said residents of his community have been wanting crosswalks for years.

“[The DOT] came out a couple years ago and put counters in place and eventually got back to us and said the numbers didn’t warrant crosswalks,” he said. “So we’re pleased to see this proposal here.”

FCDOT street design community meetingBicyclists and non-bicyclists clashed during the meeting, however, about proposals to remove parking and traffic lanes in some areas to make room for bike lanes. One resident said it is “fundamentally undemocratic” to take lanes away from drivers to provide a seemingly disproportionate amount of space for the relatively small percentage of the community that travels by bicycle.

“We’re taking 25 percent of the pavement, a limited public resource, and making it segregated for [bicyclists],” said John Farrell, president of Colonial Oaks Cluster. “The rest of us, the 80 percent of the trips who go everywhere in their cars, are getting deprived the use of that [pavement].”

Bicyclists in attendance said providing dedicated space for riders is a major advantage for everyone involved, as they now must travel in traffic lanes in places without bike lanes.

“Give me a place to get out of the way, and I’ll do it for you,” said one bicyclist. “It’s going to keep me safe and keep the cars moving at speed.”

Suggestions and comments made by attendees of Thursday’s meeting were collected and will be analyzed by FCDOT, Lind said, and the plan may undergo further alterations before it is executed. FCDOT will continue to collect comments until at least March 31. Residents may submit comments by email to [email protected].

Lind said the repaving and re-striping work is expected to take place sometime between May and November.

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Kung Fu Tea Coming to Hunters Woods Village Center

photo-via-facebook-kung-fu-teaA national chain centered around bubble tea and coffee has plans to open a location at the Hunters Woods Village Center.

Kung Fu Tea is due to open at 2280 Hunters Woods Plaza, according to a permit application filed with Fairfax County.

A representative for Edens, the company that manages the shopping center, said the store could open as soon as next summer.

Kung Fu Tea is a national chain that specializes in drinks such as bubble tea, milk tea and yogurt tea. The business also sells coffee, slushes and punch beverages.

The forthcoming Reston location will be the company’s third in Virginia, according to its website.

Photo via Facebook / Kung Fu Tea

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Mayuri at Hunters Woods Appears Closed for Good

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Mayuri, the Indian buffet restaurant at Hunters Woods Village Center, appears to be closed.

The restaurant originally said the shutdown was temporary. But that was more than two months ago and there have been few signs of activity at the business, where mail is piled up inside the front door.

Restaurant management put a sign on the door in May saying the location was closing for maintenance.

The restaurant has been at Hunters Woods for about 10 years.

Meanwhile, a call to Mayuri gets a recording saying the “mailbox is not in service.”

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Coming Soon: Peruvian Chicken at Hunters Woods Village Center

King PolloA new restaurant has signed a lease and is seeking permits for space at Hunters Woods Village Center.

King Pollo, a local Peruvian chicken chainlet, is renovating space at 2254G Hunters Woods Plaza, according to Fairfax County records.

King Pollo also has stores in Woodbridge, Alexandria, Sterling, Chantilly and Silver Spring.

The restaurant specializes in Peruvian-style wood charcoal broiled chicken. Chicken meals come with sides, including yuca, plantains, vegetables and fries. There are other South American specialities too, including beef and pork dishes and pupusas. See the menu on King Pollo’s website.

No opening date has been announced. Also, two other restaurants that signed leases for space at Hunters Woods in recent years never opened. Chinto’s Burritos was scheduled to open in 2014, but scrapped plans due to financing issues.

A Pho restaurant signed a lease for the former Cold Spoon frozen yogurt spot in September 2015. However, work has not begun and a sign on the window says the space is still for rent.

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First Look: Proposed Assisted Living at Hunters Woods

Assisted and Independent Living at Hunters Woods/Credit: Fairfax County

A Pennsylvania-based company plans to bring a senior citizens’ independent living and assisted living facility to the site of the former United Christian Parish on Colts Neck Road near Hunters Woods Village Center.

It would be the first Virginia location for IntegraCare, which has facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. IntegraCare’s proposal will go before the Fairfax County Planning Commission later this month.

The 4.3-acre lot at 2222 Colts Neck was first approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 210 senior housing units in 2007.

Former United Christian Parish land on Colts Neck RoadIntegraCare plans to retain 91 of the 210 previously approved independent living units and to add 79 assisted living, 24 memory care, and 16 high-acuity assisted living/memory care rooms.

The building will be 230,000 square feet in two wings, one along Colts Neck and one along Reston Parkway. The estimated completion date is 2020.

The assisted living facility will feature multiple dining venues, a theater, salon, barber shop, physical therapy unit, fitness center, library and computer center, Club room, sun room, outdoor fitness stations, raised gardening area, and an arts and crafts center, and a Memory Care garden, according to a county planning department staff report.

The staff report highlights the need for more senior housing in Reston:

In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, 32 percent of assisted living units and 25 percent of memory care units are in communities that offer independent living facilities; however, in the Reston market only has 9 percent. The market feasibility studies concluded that the proposal would bring Reston’s senior living mix closer to the metropolitan regional average.

Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved plans for a 135-bed assisted living facility to be built on Leesburg Pike near Baron Cameron Avenue.

Some more details about the Colts Neck project from the staff report:

  • Both the independent and assisted living facilities will accommodate residents age 62 years or older.
  • Two stages of memory care will be offered at the assisted living facility.
  • Changes from the 2007 proposal include a covered driveway to the main entrance to the assisted living wing; a covered walkway to the independent living facility wing, and a revised community garden layout.

Some development conditions added to the plan in October:

  • A minimum 65-foot-wide buffer should be provided from existing edge of pavement of Reston Parkway.
  • Affordable housing at a minimum of 20 percent of the total number of units should be provided.
  • Restoration and enhancement of the impaired Snakeden Stream Valley that is located in the northern portion of the parcel should coincide with redevelopment.
  • Pedestrian access from the site to the Snakeden Stream Valley trail, the abutting multifamily housing development to the south, the Village Center to the east, and Colts Neck Road should be provided.
  • A total of 128 parking spaces are required and 177 spaces are being provided to meet the parking requirement for the independent living facility and medical care facility (assisted facility) uses.

Some of the developer proffers:

  • 20 percent (18 units) of the independent living facility units will be offered as affordable housing units.
  • The County’s Health Care Advisory Board (HCAB) recommended that four percent (five beds) of the proposed assisted living facility beds be provided through the Auxiliary Grant program of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
  • Fairfax County Fire and Rescue requested funding for the cost of two preemption devices for traffic signals ($10,000 each) located along the primary travel route from the Fox Mill Fire and Rescue Station.
  • The Park Authority recommended clustering the outdoor fitness stations rather than dispersing them along the 8-foot wide asphalt trail along the northern boundary. IntegraCare has proffered to cluster the fitness stations.
  • The applicant previously proffered to apply a contribution of $161,300 to the Reston Association Walker Nature Center, but that proffer has been revised and may be applied to not only the Nature Center but to pedestrian improvements and/or public art in the vicinity, according to the staff report.
  • The developer will construct a pedestrian trail along the Property’s frontage on Colts Neck Road.

A planning commission hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17 at 8:15 p.m.

Photos: Top, rendering of South elevation of facility/Credit: Fairfax County; Bottom, former United Christian Parish building/file photo

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