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What's Happening with Reston Development: More Changes for RTC

The Reston skyline is changing faster than you can wonder what is next. Some Restonians think this is good, others not so much. I think much of the development happening is pretty exciting.

There are two areas really going through changes, both in North Reston. The first is by the Wiehle Metro and the second is by Reston Town Center. In fact, by the end of this year, neither of those areas will look at all like they do today.

In a Reston Now article last week, Dave Emke reported on some more proposed development around the Town Center. It looks like property owner Renaissance Centro wants to tear down the three-story office building at 1801 Old Reston Avenue (with is on the corner of Reston Parkway and Temporary Road) and add another high-density high-rise with around 120 units. As opposed to much of the real estate in Reston Town Center, these would be condos vs apartments. Of those units, 24 would be workforce dwelling (a program in Fairfax County designed to give income-qualified households the opportunity to live at a reduced rent in some of the new privately owned and operated market rate apartments communities).

As with all of the dwellings built in Town Center, these will be upscale units. Amenities include a grand lobby, a resident lounge and party room, a fitness center, and a rooftop amenity package.

Renaissance Centro built The Harrison to the north and Stratford House to the south, and the nearby Carlton House.

The property will need to be rezoned from commercial to planned residential mixed-use for this development to happen. According to the Fairfax County website, the public hearing before the county Planning Commission has been tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28. So, if you have an opinion about this development, mark that date on your calendar. And let me know in the comments what you think about this proposal.

The Tall Oaks Center Project

Beauty or blight? Tall Oaks Village Center has been considered both. Blight mostly because most of the stores have been empty for years. In December of 2014, McLean-based Jefferson Apartment Group purchased the Tall Oaks Center and almost immediately announced plans to redevelop it for mixed residential and commercial uses.

Not everyone in the neighborhood was happy about that. But, just about a year ago (January 26, 2016), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the final redevelopment plan.

One of the questions from local residents was whether an anchor grocery store would be part of the plan — many in the surrounding area miss being able to walk to the store. In the spring of 2016, a retail marketing analysis concluded that a grocery store anchor is not a viable option to include in the redevelopment project. So what exactly is going in there? Well, without a grocery store, it seems retail space isn’t viable either. The report indicates there will be 7,500 square feet of space for restaurants. There will also be open spaces and a water feature for children to play in.

I have no doubt the development will be beautiful. It would be nice if there was some retail for local residents, but by now they’ve gotten used to traveling to shop. I do wonder what restaurants will go in. It’s fun to speculate.

Here is a video tour of the proposed plan.

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