Not a smoggy glimpse of Reston's hellish, Blade Runner-like future, these illustrations instead show the two fancy residential buildings that Reston Excelsior LLC hopes to build on Oracle's campus near the intersection of Sunset Hills and Reston Parkway. Residential development on the Oracle campus has been on the books since 2006, but it's finally advancing. The Fairfax Planning Commission will consider the project this Thursday, though county staff is recommending the application be denied.
If approved, the two buildings would contain a maximum of 457 residential units and 830 parking spaces, 820 of which would be in an underground parking garage, as well as 1 acre of open space. A third office building has also already been approved in an unrelated process, but not yet built.
The planning commission approved a similar plan in 2006, but expressed concern "with the relationship or lack of relationship that would be established between the residential buildings and the office buildings, as well as the Plaza America development to the east." We'd suggest having some sort of mixer, maybe playing some Kei$ha or whatever noise the kids like today and maybe having a game of Twister to break the ice, but instead the developer promised to build "passive recreation areas" around the existing stormwater management ponds. We think "passive recreation" involves sitting inside and reading "web logs," but that's just us.
Other concerns cited by county planners include transportation noise, access for pedestrians and bicycles, and a lack of affordable workforce housing. They also dinged Excelsior for not providing a sufficient level of detail about the architecture of the residential buildings or any planned transportation improvements. Having seen the pictures above, though, we're not sure what they're talking about.
Update: The planning commission deferred a decision until its July 22 meeting.