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by Fatimah Waseem December 29, 2017 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

New Year’s Eve Glow Skate at Reston Town Center — Glow sticks will be available from 6 – 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the RTC Ice Skating Pavilion’s ‘Glow Skate.’ [Reston Town Center via Facebook]

‘Color Me Happy’ at Reston Regional Library on Jan. 10 — Relax, unwind and color your cares away at the library’s adult coloring session. Coloring pages and pencils will be provided. The session takes place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Reston Meeting Room 2. [Fairfax County Government]

A Look Inside: One Reston Town Center — Akridge, a commerical real estate company, plans to deliver an “iconic landmark” at 1760 Reston Parkway that include a six-story atrium lobby, an outdoor plaza on the seventh floor and a rooftop lounge and terrance. [Washington Business Journal]

Where to Eat, Shop and Explore in Reston and HerndonThe Washingtonian breaks down the best place to have a bite or swing by shopping the local area. Top picks include ArtSpace Herndon, Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon Historic Walking Trail and Scrawl Books. [The Washingtonian]

by Fatimah Waseem December 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm 33 Comments

Tishman Speyer, a New York-based real estate company, hopes to transform more than 14 acres of land in the southwest quadrant of the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Parkway into a vibrant, mixed-used development driven by the power of the adjacent Reston Town Center Metro Station.

Reston Crossing, the name of the transit-oriented development, would bring six new buildings organized around a central park and other public amenities to the land, which is currently home to two office buildings.

The proposal, filed with the county early this month, requires rezoning the land from medium industrial use to planned development commercial to allow for up to nearly two million square feet of development.

Elizabeth Baker, a senior land use planner with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh, a northern Virginia law firm that specializes in commercial real estate development, said the transit-oriented project is set apart from nearby buildings that are more suburban-style, traditional office buildings built in the 1980s and 1990s.

“With the coming of the Silver Line and the plan that was adopted by the county… we’re just trying to implement that vision,” Baker said.

The plan calls six buildings includes one on the west with up to 30,000 square feet of retail, pedestrian access to the Metro Station South Pavilion, a U-shaped residential building with up to 380 multi-family residential units that overlook the central park, a building on the southeast with between 180 and 230 residential units, and a building on the south with up to 250 residential units.

“With a variety of park experiences, some landscaped, others hardscaped, and a well-developed system of paths, passive, and active recreation facilities areas, the Central Park is a major community amenity. Office, residential and retail uses front onto the Central Park, allowing it to be a gathering space for workers, residents, shoppers, and visitors alike,” according to the Dec. 8 proposal.

Of the overall development, office development would range from 38 percent to 58 percent, residential development would range from 36 to 59 percent, and retail uses would range from three to six percent. The plan is intentionally flexible due to changing market conditions.

Renderings via handout

by Fatimah Waseem October 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 10 Comments

Fairfax County Department of Transportation officials are seeking public input on nearly 300 transportation projects that are vying for roughly $100 million in funding.

Local residents can provide feedback on proposed projects at a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). The meeting will include a formal presentation about unfunded projects and a question-and-answer session.

Residents can also take an online survey by Nov. 9 to indicate preferred projects, or mail a printed copy of the survey to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033).

Feedback will allow the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to prioritize unfunded transportation projects in line for funding through fiscal year 2023, according to the county’s website.

Unfunded projects in Reston include those listed below:


by RestonNow.com April 21, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Work to rehabilitate bridges and close joints on Reston Parkway will affect drivers this weekend and next.

The bridges over the Dulles Toll Road will have the work done Friday night through Monday morning each weekend, causing delays and detours in the area. In total, the closure schedule is:

  • 10 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. Sunday: Southbound two right lanes closed
  • 8 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Monday: Northbound two right lanes closed
  • 10 p.m. Friday, April 28 through 9 a.m. Sunday, April 30: Southbound two left lanes closed
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29 through 3 a.m. Monday, May 1: Northbound two left lanes closed

While the northbound work is being done this weekend (8 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Monday), traffic traveling in that direction will not be able to make the left turn onto the westbound Dulles Toll Road. Those cars will be detoured via Sunset Hills Road and Wiehle Avenue.

The work will include bridge deck resurfacing, repair of deteriorated concrete on abutments and piers, repaving of the roadway leading up to the bridges, and joint closures. In addition, the southbound bridge will receive repairs to the concrete barrier that separates the road from a shared-use path.

All work is weather-permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation says.

According to VDOT, the northbound bridge was built in 1959, and the southbound bridge was constructed in 1976. Both were widened in 1989, with the northbound bridge’s deck also replaced at that time.

As part of the overall project, the Monroe Street/Van Buren Street bridges and the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride ramp bridge are also scheduled to have work done at a later date. All work is expected to be completed by summer, VDOT says.

by Dave Emke April 21, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Giving Back to Emergency Responders — Firefighters from Station 25 presented a certificate to a Reston woman who adopted a fire hydrant in her neighborhood. The woman was involved in a serious motorcycle crash in 1994 and credits emergency crews including fire units with saving her life, and she has loved and supported them ever since. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Guinea Pigs on Twitter Thanks to Local Students — At Ideaventions Academy, a specialized STEM school in Reston, students have built a computer and are using censors to get classroom pets to tweet out randomized messages. You can follow along @PepperNCaramel. [WUSA]

County Map Shows Youth Crash Locations — A map released Thursday by Fairfax County plots the locations of all 1,840 vehicle crashes involving youth drivers (ages 15-20) in 2016. In Reston, locations including Sunrise Valley Drive, the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road, and the intersection of Reston Parkway and Route 7 had the most incidents. [Fairfax County]

Another Capital BikeShare Station Opens — An 11-dock Capital BikeShare location has opened on Town Center Parkway near Sunset Hills Road, at the RTC West complex. [Capital BikeShare/Twitter]

Map courtesy Fairfax County

by Dave Emke January 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm 23 Comments

A public hearing on a proposed condominium high rise across Reston Parkway from the Town Center has been tentatively scheduled for this fall.

1801 Old Reston Avenue, currently the 1.51-acre home of a three-story office building, has been proposed by property owner Renaissance Centro as the site of a 20-story high rise with up to 150 living units. Of those units, 126 would be market-rate and 24 would be workforce dwelling.

The condos would represent the first for-sale living units in or near Reston Town Center since 2007, Washington Business Journal reports.

The property’s website touts that the building “will feature well-appointed units and elegant amenity areas.” Among the amenities listed are a grand lobby, a resident lounge and party room, a fitness center, and a rooftop amenity package.

According to the proposal, the building would be a maximum height of 254 feet, inclusive of a mechanical rooftop penthouse.

The Old Reston Avenue property is flanked by The Harrison to the north and Stratford House to the south, both of which were also built by Renaissance Centro. The company also built the nearby Carlton House.

The property would need to be rezoned from commercial to planned residential mixed-use. The real-estate development company recently filed a rezoning application with the county.

According to the Fairfax County website, the public hearing before the county Planning Commission has been tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.

by Karen Goff August 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm 4 Comments

Traffic LightA car crash with injuries snarled traffic on Reston Parkway Friday afternoon.

Fairfax County Police said the crash occurred southbound on Reston Parkway near Fox Mill Road about 3:30 p.m.

As of 4:30 p.m., police were still clearing the scene and traffic remained jammed.

Meanwhile, many side roads in the Reston-Herndon-Dulles area are already seeing heavy traffic because parts of the Toll Road are inaccessible because of 1,500 motorcycles rolling through here on the 9/11 Ride.

Sit tight or make alternate plans if you are planning to take these roads home this afternoon.

by Karen Goff June 9, 2016 at 7:40 am 16 Comments

Utility pole fire by Home Depot/Credit: William Ho

A utility pole caught fire near Home Depot about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, knocking out power to the area around Baron Cameron Avenue and Reston Parkway.

The intersection and nearby traffic lights were closed for about two hours, making for slow traffic at one of Reston’s busiest intersections.

Readers report Verizon/Verizon Fios service was also disrupted due to the fire. It is still out in some areas as of Thursday morning.

There were no injuries and officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Dominion Virginia Power says all power has now been restored.

Photo courtesy William Ho

by Karen Goff May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am 8 Comments

The plans for Reston’s tallest building now include an outdoor rooftop terrace, where visitors and office residents will be able to see (on a clear day) from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the D.C. skyline. Plans also include a seventh-floor outdoor park with a potential bocce court.

These are some of the changes that RTC Partnership and Akridge are proposing as the plans for 1760 Reston Parkway, a 23-story office building set to be Reston’s tallest structure, head back to the Fairfax County Planning Commission this week.

The rooftop terrace is planned as an amenity for tenants of the building. It will be surrounded by a 35-foot tall glass screen wall with an opening on the west side to shield the space from strong winds; it will be constructed of aluminum and steel supports and clear glass.

The terrace will include outdoor seating; a trellis structure on the west side of the rooftop to provide shade for outdoor seating; an enclosed event space serviced with restroom and pantry facilities; and a 2,500-square-foot vegetated green roof. (more…)

by Karen Goff January 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 7 Comments

Rendering of 1760 Reston Parkway/Credit: RTC Partnership

The plans for Reston’s tallest building are getting a few revisions.

RTC Partnership and Akridge have jointly filed a Planned Residential Community Plan Amendment for design modifications for the 23-story tower, which was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

The tower will replace a five-story office building currently on the site at 1760 Reston Parkway.

The developers are going back to the board for approval of design modifications on the building entry and pedestrian plaza; pedestrian plaza landscaping; redesign of the rooftop terraces; and the addition of two new private terraces.

The plans also call for an increase in parking for the five-level parking garage. It is not yet known how much more parking the planners are requesting.

The new plan will go to the Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled for May 18,.

The $210 million building was controversial when it was approved by the supervisors because of its size, height and distance of nearly a mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro Station, slated to open in 2020. (more…)

by Karen Goff September 15, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 Comment

Bridge Over Dulles Toll Road/Credit: VDOT

Repairs to Reston Parkway’s bridge over the Dulles Toll Road will be part of a Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) $5.6 million project next spring.

VDOT says it will be performing preventative maintenance projects on bridges on Monroe Street, the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Ramp and Reston Parkway in advance of Metro’s Silver Line Phase 2, which is currently under construction.

The main purpose of the project is eliminating and closing the bridge deck joints above the Silver Line tracks. Doing it before Phase 2 opens in 2019 will save VDOT money in the end, the department says.

“Future construction of the tracks in the median of Route 267 (the Dulles Toll Road) will limit the access to the bridge existing piers,” VDOT said in a statement. “The cost of performing any future repairs to the bridge piers would need to include cost of coordination with Metro, which would significantly increase future repair costs.”

The Reston Parkway dual bridges over the Toll Road are 385-foot.-long, six-simple- span, steel plate girder bridges.

The northbound bridge was constructed in 1959 and widened and deck-replaced in 1989. The northbound total bridge width is 42.33 feet and consists of a 1.66-foot raised median, one-foot shoulder, three 12-foot traffic lanes, two-foot shoulder and 1.66-foot barrier.

The southbound bridge was constructed in 1976 and widened in 1989. The southbound total bridge width is 51.66 feet and consists of a 1.66-foot raised median, one-foot shoulder, three 12-foot.traffic lanes, three-foot shoulder, 1.66-ft. barrier, 8.33-foot. path and one-foot curb with pedestrian fence.

The Monroe Street/Van Buren Street dual bridges over the Toll Road are 378-foot-long, six-single-span, steel plate girder bridges. There is a 38-foot gap between the northbound and southbound bridges. The northbound bridge was constructed in 1963, and the deck was milled and overlaid in 1989. The southbound bridge was constructed in 1989.

The Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Ramp bridge is a 613-foot-long, seven-single-span, steel plate girder bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1999.

Here is more cost and scheduling info:

Monroe Street/Van Buren Street Bridge Joint Closures
Anticipated Schedule
Advertisement for construction – March 2016
Construction – May 2016

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering – $180,000
Construction – $530,000
Total – $710,000

Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Ramp Bridge Joint Closures
Anticipated Schedule
Advertisement for construction – March 2016
Construction – May 2016

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering – $168,000
Construction – $500,000
Total – $668,000

Reston Parkway Bridges Deck Mill and Overlay and Barrier Repair
Anticipated Schedule
Advertisement for construction – March 2016
Construction – May 2016

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering – $132,000
Construction – $1.4 million
Total – $1.5 million

Reston Parkway Bridge Joint Closures
Anticipated Schedule
Advertisement for construction – March 2016
Construction – May 2016

Estimated Costs
Preliminary engineering – $200,000
Construction – $2.5 million
Total – $2.7 million

Photo: Bridge over Dulles Toll Road/Credit: VDOT


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