News and notes from Reston (tm).

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This week on a very, very, very special 'Reston Heights': No Metro, No Problem!

The awesome Reston Heights subdivision and its 2,800 Loudoun SUV-attracting parking spaces have been approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who apparently are no longer worried about the fact that it's sited on the opposite side of the highway from the planned Metro station that probably will no longer ever exist again. Unless, of course, it will.

Hudgins said JBG has pledged 12 percent of the residential development to be affordable housing units, a proffer that the company was not compelled to make since the site is not being rezoned.

Art Hill, a nearby resident and vice chairman of the Reston Association's Planning and Zoning Committee, said a chief concern regarding the development remains the sheer size.

“It should be proportional to what's already up there east of the Sheraton, and it's not. It exceeds it by about 300,000 square feet, which is a lot,” he said.

Hill said he anticipates from conversations at P&Z meetings that JBG's plan may change in the coming months now that it has been approved, primarily to include more retail.

More importantly, Hill said JBG will be affected by what several other Reston developments will have to face if the rail project falls through.

“I think a lot of these people are going to have to rethink what they're going to do,” he said.
Yep! For starters, they won't need to build that awesome Metro access across the highway:

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