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Monday, September 24, 2007

Kiss the Kiss-N-Ride Goodbye

Wanted: Partner to develop 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space on Wiehle Avenue, adjacent to a Metro station that may or may not open in 2013. The lucky winner gets a 99-year ground lease, all the abandoned cars it can tow from the existing Kiss-n-Ride parking lot, and easy access to McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.

On the plus side, this development could conceivably wind up being near a Metro station, unlike another massive proposal slated for the other side of the Toll Road. On the other hand, unlike other mixed-use developments that have popped up near Metro stations in Arlington, Bethesda, and Silver Spring, Reston covenants forbid hotels or residential construction along the Toll Road because... oh, hell... it might actually make sense. Or because it's a Monday and it's cloudy outside. Who can tell?

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