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Wednesday Morning Notes

A planning problem — As Fairfax County officials mull plans to increase Reston’s population density cap, a former member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission writes that Reston has a planning problem that must be addressed as new developments move forward. [The Washington Post]

Love says goodbye — Today is the last day that Virginia’s LOVE letters will be on display at Lake Anne Plaza. The display was installed on June 7.  [Lake Anne Plaza]

VY to celebrate grand opening — VY, a new development on Sunrise Valley Drive, will hold its grand opening celebration tomorrow. The event features light fare from Reston Kabob and a sushi display from PassionFish Reston. [On Tap Magazine]

Nearby: To the rescue — Can the Silver Line save Loudoun County’s office market? Several sites once slated for office developments are being re-evaluated as possible data center sights. [Bisnow]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

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New Retail Tenants Announced as VY Reston Heights Opens

VY, a 385-unit apartment community by JBG Smith, is officially open. Six tenants are expected to take up ground floor retail slots by the summer.

Tenants include Super Chicken, Allure Nails, Signature Thai, and Reston Kabob. WillPower Functional Fitness, a 35,000 square foot gym, was the first retail tenant confirmed in 2016.

The building on 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive is part of JBG’s Reston Heights project, which includes Westin Reston Heights, the Sheraton Reston, the Mercer Condos and office buildings along Sunrise Valley Drive.

VY, which stands for “very,”  contains a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with two-story lofts.Monthly rents range between $1,800 and $3,320. Amenities include an two open-air lounges, a pool, fitness center, courtyard with fire pits, a lawn, on-site dog park, a pet spa and a bike maintenance center.

Greg Trimmer, the company’s executive vice president, said VY will be a “new community landmark.”

“The property sets the bar for luxury living in Reston with a high level of amenities, retail, and access to the outdoors and activities for the consumer who values both a quiet evening in a comfortable home overlooking nature, and entertainment or activity right outside of their front door,” he said.

Photos via JBG Smith

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Progress Report: Here’s What’s Being Built at Reston Heights

The surface lot area of the Reston International Center has gone from an old strip mall to a giant construction area seemingly overnight.

Actually, it has been a little more than six months since major construction work began in the eight-acre site on Sunrise Valley Drive near Reston Parkway. But you may have blinked — and then noticed a multi-story parking garage has been built.

Let’s revisit what is planned for JBG’s development, which will be called Vy at Reston Heights.

JBG’s application was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in spring of 2013. The mixed-use development will be about a half-mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro station that is expected to open in 2020.

VY is slated to open in late 2017 for residents and in early 2018 for retailers.

Overall, the plan includes 89,000 feet of retail space (it has been approved for more than 200,000 square feet) and nearly 400 residential units. It has also been approved for 428,225 square feet of office space.

Public spaces include will include outdoor dining and gathering areas, as well as an outdoor amphitheater.

There are five buildings planned:

A six-story residential building featuring 385 units. There will be studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental apartments. Twelve percent will be set aside as workforce housing.

A five-level above-ground parking garage. The garage you see currently under construction will have decorative exterior elements that include “tall natural wood beams that echo the vertical designs of Reston’s first buildings at Lake Anne,” JBG says.

A 15-story mixed-use building. The first two stories would be split between two levels of parking and two levels of retail space. The two levels of parking will face the Reston Parkway frontage, while the retail space will face the central retail plaza. The remaining stories will be dwellings.

A 10-story retail and office building with five stories of parking. The building will feature 3,600 square feet of retail and 100,000 square feet of offices.

The Reston International Center tower will remain, and plans call for an additional 145,035 square feet of office space to be constructed on the northern side of the building. This addition would match the current building’s 203-foot height.

Development conditions include widening of Reston Parkway, additional traffic signals, crosswalks, pedestrian access to the Metro entrance and bicycle parking. See the plans and the long list of development conditions on Fairfax County Planning Department’s website.

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