If you live within the range of where shadows will fall from the two 10-story buildings The JBG Companies are proposing to build as part of a mixed-use complex on the site of the current Fairway Apartments near Lake Anne, you probably got a "post-card" in the mail informing you about two community meetings JBG is holding about the project. The first of these was held last week, and here is an account from an anonymous attendee:
There were about 20 - 25 neighbors who were not happy with the plan. They were disbelieving that 940 units would not impact the traffic on North Shore. (That's about 1,500 additional people and their cars). Some people were upset that 1.6 parking spaces [planned for each residential unit] were inadequate.That's okay -- people can just park their second car (or really, just their 0.4 of a second car) at the elementary school across the street! Other folks complained about the lack of tot lots and whatnot in the site plans, as well as the view from their own homes.
The people next door didn't want to look out their townhouse windows and see a parking garage and they did not want the light from that parking garage shining in their windows in the night. One man wanted them to say there would be no net loss of open space. They couldn't respond to that because most of the open space will be under cement or asphalt. They had not done an analysis of traffic impact along Fairview Drive.When JBG presented the project to the Reston Planning & Zoning Committee earlier this month, it claimed that their fancypants "traffic studies" (maybe some guy named Elmer stting in a folding beach chair at a traffic light, counting cars) showed the complex, with its 940 units, would have no impact on traffic, with only 141 to 264 new "peak hour trips." That's plausible, assuming the
There will be two 10 story towers in the west half of the development, 8,000 sq ft of retail you can see from North Shore Drive.
They repeated over and over that they were only in the preliminary stages of planning.
They showed more illustrations of the plan than at the P&Z meeting. On the west side the three story townhouse units right next to North Shore were quite modern and I thought very attractive. There are only about 32 of those; however. The East part of the development is very "urban" and heavy, old-fashioned, 1940s architecture. One member of the audience absolutely hated it and was very vocal about it.
P&Z members asked JBG to come back in September with a less "intense" plan for the site; they also have a date with the Design Review Board sometime this week. JBG's next community meeting will be at 7pm on June 30 at the Lake Anne Community Center. The company actually has a decent track record at listening to community concerns, so it'll be interesting to see what comes of all this input. Maybe they should just try to build a fun and not-at-all controversial rec center/juice bar on the site instead and be done with it, the end.