Someone apparently gave the Washington Post "news-paper" a "hot scoop" over the weekend. That thing in the median of the Toll Road? Turns out it's one of those new-fangled Metro stations, and because of that, there might be some construction nearby, pardon the dust, etc., etc. Who knew?
The first leg of Metrorail’s Silver Line, which would run from East Falls Church to the eastern edge of Reston, is more than a year away from opening, and already there are signs that it will spawn some of the development that advocates promised it would. But it is also clear that it may take years for some of that long-awaited growth to actually happen.At least the newspaper didn't use a big word this time.
To be fair, the Post did delve into a more pertinent issue: whether the trouble (with a capital T that rhymes with P) brewing amongst our enlightened neighbors in Loudoun County would impact the pace of development along Wiehle Avenue, though it wasn't clear if Loudoun's
Other stakeholders worry that a decision by Loudoun to walk away from the $2.7 billion project could delay and even jeopardize its completion. At the very least, it could create more congestion in Reston and especially around Wiehle Avenue, which was not intended to be the terminus for Northern Virginia’s newest rail line.On the other hand, the bollardy developers of Reston Station sound like they'd view a stalled Phase II as an opportunity:
Public officials worry that its plans for a walkable urban community could be interrupted, at least for a time, if the station becomes a magnet for commuters from the outer suburbs.
At the station, Comstock Partners has already carted away enough dirt to fill RFK Stadium from the seven-acre site where the parking garage and other development will go, spokeswoman Maggie Parker said... In addition to the garage’s 11 / 2 million square feet of space, there will be 2 million square feet set aside for a hotel, residences, and retail and commercial office space. The tallest buildings will be 22 stories high.Meanwhile, some of the locals didn't cotton to the Post's recent discovery of this place called Reston:
Parker said that Comstock will follow through with plans to develop the hotel, office and residential dwellings regardless of Loudoun’s decision. If anything, they would move faster to complete the project, she said. The firm also owns land near the last proposed Loudoun station. If Loudoun quits the project, Comstock will develop office space there.
“Everybody’s waiting and watching,” Parker said.
Watch for it in the upcoming book 101 Hilarious Newspaper Comment Section Snaps, Disses, and Practical Jokes, the end.