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Wednesday Morning Notes

Herndon PD Plays Soccer with Students — In what has become an annual tradition, on Monday the Herndon Police Department took on eighth-grade students from Herndon Middle School in a soccer match. HMS led 2-0 at halftime and was able to stave off an HPD comeback effort to win, 3-2. [Herndon Police Department/Facebook]

Changes Possible for Section 8 Program — The Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development will host a listening session tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) to discuss how current and future federal budget reductions are expected to have a significant impact on the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. [Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority]

‘CarFit’ Helps Seniors in Vehicles — A Fairfax County Police Department program provides a checklist to help older drivers be more comfortable and safe as they drive. In an 8-minute video, the program is explained and demonstrated. [Fairfax County Police Department/Facebook]

RSVP Seeks New Volunteers — The region’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older will hold an orientation event for prospective volunteers on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive). [RSVP Northern Virginia]

Buses Will Be on Holiday Schedule Monday — If you plan to ride the Fairfax Connector on Columbus Day, make sure you’re aware of any route changes that may be in effect. [Fairfax Connector]

Image courtesy Herndon Police Department on Facebook

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Ground To Be Broken Later This Month for New Senior Living Facility

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

Several years in the making, work will soon begin on construction of a 230,000-square foot senior living facility at a former site of the United Christian Parish church.

Ground is scheduled to be broken on the IntegraCare facility at 2222 Colts Neck Road on March 30. The project, expected to be completed by 2020, will include 91 independent-living units along with 79 assisted-living units, 24 memory-care units and 16 units for high-acuity patients.

2222 Colts Neck Road/Google MapsThe 4.3-acre site was first approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 210 independent-living units in 2007, but the plan was later amended to the current design. The new plan was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in May.

The building is to be constructed in two wings, one along Colts Neck Road and the other along Reston Parkway. The former church building still stands on the wooded site, the entrance to which is roughly across from the entrance to Hunters Woods Village Center. A permit application to demolish the building was filed March 9 with Fairfax County.

This will be Wexford, Pennsylvania-based IntegraCare‘s first facility in Virginia.

Illustration via Fairfax County; Map via Google

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Planning Commission Moves Forward Hunters Woods Senior Facility

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

The Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended for approval plan amendments that move along a Pennsylvania company’s application to bring more senior citizen housing to the Hunters Woods Village Center area.

The plans now move on to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for a final approval.

The 4.3-acre lot at 2222 Colts Neck Rd. — the former site of United Chirstian Parish Church — was first approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 210 senior housing units in 2007.

IntegraCare, which has facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland,  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.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved plans for a 135-bed assisted living facility to be built on Leesburg Pike near Baron Cameron Avenue. Last week, the Fellowship Square Foundation said it is teaming with a developer to build a new Lake Anne Fellowship House, an senior independent living complex.

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.

Photos: Top, rendering of South elevation of facility/Credit: Fairfax County

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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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RCC Now Offering Ride Service For Senior Citizens

RCC logoReston Community Center has joined the NV Rides network to offer a new transportation program that offers reliable, personalized transportation to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive.

NV Rides Reston will provide door-to-door rides to help get older adults to important engagements, ranging from social and enrichment activities to medical appointments.

Rides are provided by volunteer drivers, free of charge, to anyone age 55 or older who resides in Reston Community Center’s Tax District boundaries. The map is available on our website at http://goo.gl/W4TYRH. There are no income-level requirements.

“I am thrilled to see RCC address the critical need of affordable and accessible transportation for the growing population of older adults in Reston,” said Beverly Cosham, Chair of RCC Board of Governors. “The RCC Board and staff team have been studying this program for many months and we are very happy to bring this volunteer driver approach to Reston.”

NV Rides is a network of service providers that coordinates volunteer driver transportation programs throughout Fairfax County. The development and administration of NV Rides is a unique partnership between Fairfax County, the Jewish Council for the Aging, and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

The program partners use cloud-based software, “RideScheduler,” to assist staff in posting and assigning rides. This user-friendly system allows drivers to accept a ride with a click of a button; it also generates route maps and sends drivers reminders of upcoming appointments, says RCC.

RCC is in need of volunteer drivers to make the program a success, says Eileen Boone, RCC Director of Leisure & Learning.

All volunteer driver applicants will undergo a thorough DMV and background check, as well as training on how to use the web-based scheduling system, RideScheduler, where they will be able to freely choose the appointments that best suit their personal schedule – no minimum number of rides required.

Volunteer drivers will also receive a mileage report for their annual tax filings. Interested volunteer drivers can apply on RCC’s website.

For more detailed information, contact Karen Brutsché, RCC 55+ Program Director and NV Rides Reston Coordinator, at 703-390-6198 or [email protected], or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com/nv-rides-reston.

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