Another business in The Spectrum at Reston Town Center has permanently closed its doors.
Starbucks, previously located at 1857 Fountain Drive, officially closed in late February. The last official day of business was Feb. 28.
A company spokesperson said that the decision was made for ‘the sake of Starbucks’ long-term growth. ‘
‘We look forward to continuing to serve the Reston community and encourage our customers to visit us at our other stores in the area,’ the spokesperson told Reston Now in a statement.
In October of last year, Best Buy’s departure left a major vacancy in the plaza.
Lerner Enterprises, a Maryland-based company, plans to transform the plaza into a mixed-use development with 700,000 square feet of commercial and retail space along with 1,400 residential units. A timeline for the project has not yet been determined.
Image via Google Maps
North Point Village Center will celebrate the arrival of fall and the football season next weekend with a special event featuring a Washington Redskins great.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Dexter Manley will participate in the Fall Kick-Off event at the plaza Saturday, Sept. 9. The former All-Pro defensive end will meet fans at Glory Days Grill (1400 North Point Village Center) from noon to 2 p.m. that day.
The plaza’s celebration, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will also feature carnival games, roaming characters for kids, a DJ playing music, a moon bounce and more. The event also advertises “great savings, free food, prizes [and] giveaways.”
Video from last year’s event, which featured an appearance by former Redskins running back Clinton Portis, is available on property manager Lerner’s YouTube channel.
For more information about this and other events at North Point Village Center, check its website.
Image from 2016 event via Lerner/YouTube
Plans to tear down the former Burger King at North Point Village Center and replace it with a Chick-fil-A appear to be moving forward.
Fairfax County earlier this week processed a permit application for demolition of the former Burger King restaurant at 1494 North Point Village Center. The demolition must be done to make room for the new Chick-fil-A, which will be more than 1 1/2 times the size of the current building on the site.
The new Chick-fil-A was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in March 2016. It will be the second Chick-fil-A in Reston, along with the existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Road, about 2 1/2 miles away. Another chicken restaurant, Boston Market, sits next to the North Point site.
We have reached out to North Point property manager Lerner Retail for more details about when the demolition process will begin and how long it will take. We will provide that information when it is made available.
Nearly six years after being approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors — and then virtually halting plans to move forward — there is some action on Lerner Enterprises’ Excelsior Parc project.
The Excelsior Parc will include 457 residential units in two buildings on Reston’s Oracle campus near the intersection of Sunset Hills and Reston Parkway.
The project was first proposed in 2oo6 and was sent back from the county several times for changes that were finally approved by the supervisors in 2010. The Fairfax County Planning Commission had recommended denial of the plan for two 15-story towers because they seemed out of scale with Plaza America, Reston Parkway and surrounding areas.
However, a lot has happened since 2010. The Reston skyline has come to include The Harrison, Midtown, BLVD and plans for a 23-story office tower, among other buildings. So 15 stories seems rather modest.
But that is not why the developers are back before the supervisors. The buildings had originally been approved for 820 underground parking spaces. The developers are seeking a reduction in parking of 16.4 percent, which must be approved by board.
The County Executive recommends the supervisors approve the reduction based on an analysis of the parking requirements. He has recommended 612 spaces, including 58 designated for guests.
Part of the reason for the change is the Metro. The property is about a half-mile from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station and about the same distance from the future Reston Town Center Station, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
The Excelsior is planned to have 212 studio/one-bedroom units; 202 two-bedroom unites; and 33 three-bedroom units.
The Board of Supervisors will discuss and vote on this on Tuesday.
No word on when the construction will begin.