This week on a very special "Reston Heights": Annoyed neighbors.
A mixed-use high rise project slated for the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive has already drawn fire for the trivial detail that it's on the wrong side of the highway from the planned Metro station there. Fortunately, the developers, the JBG Companies, are taking a transparent approach to dealing with community members:
"To comment on specifics is impossible in a lot of different ways," Kelley said, explaining that approval of the PRC plan is a very preliminary step in the process.Oookaaaay. Well, then. Of course, a large mixed-use development like Reston Heights is the ideal use for a spot close to a future Metro station. So what about the idea of building an awesome pedestrian bridge to that future station, so residents don't have to drive the 0.2 miles (estimated travel time: 20 minutes) across the highway to get to it?
They would like to build an elevated walkway from the development to the planned Metro stop at Reston Parkway, but Schlichting said that project would need to be a community effort with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Fairfax County, among others.
And we'd like to have a corral full of sparkly ponies, but that would require a community effort involving the National Council of Churches, the Design Review Board, the Green Party, and the Tooth Fairy... among others.
Folks who live in the nearby Hunters Green cluster are worried about what the development would do to traffic in an already congested area.
One resident even doubted whether JBG could fix or improve the traffic problem in general. "It all seems to be backwards to me," said resident Fred Rothwarf. "You know, some problems don't have solutions."Sounds like a job for the Tooth Fairy.
Schlichting said they would not progress with the development "unless we have truly mitigated the traffic."