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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Behold Reston's Next Exciting Mixed-Use Metro Development (Maybe)

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Behold, in all its beige glory, the newest mixed-use development proposed for Sunset Hills Drive! Sandwiched between the Comstock Wiehle Metro development and its fancy "civic plaza" and the proposed "Michaels View" apartments at Plaza America, developer RPB & M, LLC wants to build one mid-size multi-family residential building with 520 units, a 170,000 square-foot office building, and 8,000 square feet of retail. Sweet!

Don't break out that Cheesecake Factory gift card just yet, though. The county is awaiting the results of a traffic study before advancing the proposal through the public hearing process, which as we all know, can take a while. While we're no experts on 527s or other traffic-measurin' methodology, we're going to go out on a limb and say 520 residential units and enough office space for 1,700 Restonian World Headquarterses might create a soupcon of additional traffic.

In case you're not familiar with this parcel of land because it doesn't currently contain a chain eatery or big-box store, it's
between the BAE Systems building on one side and that complex of one-story (mostly) medical offices on the other. It's currently home to one of two similar looking office buildings adjoining the Toll Road and some vaguely longish shed-looking things which would have made an awesome Guess the Mauve Bits entry if we had thought about it. See?

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You guys would have never been able to find these suckers.


  1. Hey, my office overlooks those vaguely longish shed-looking things!

  2. Wow. They're putting in a Metro while adding air pollution at the same time. Whodathunkit?

    No Growth is Smart Growth!

  3. no growth is fantasy land

    go get a drawbridge & pull it up, you'll feel better.

  4. I think I spot the open space in the photograph. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  5. Are there plans to widen Sunset Hills road between Plaza America and Wiehle? It seems with all the new development that road will need some improvements.

  6. There is absolutely no way that Sunset Hills WON't become a parking lot with this. Please keep us posted Restonian. Will love to see how this one turns out & I'll be speaking at the P&Z.

  7. Most of the trees Sunset streetside of these have been flagged . . . most likely for destruction. Too bad . . . some are rather magnificent and keep this hidden from the street. I guess to get them down before the proposal is reviewed.


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