During this weekend's Master Plan open house (and movie night), during which the fate of Reston's village centers was decidedly not decided, Bob Simon made a modest proposal: why not get rid of some of them? Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Reston Now:
Reston founder Bob Simon, for one, says Reston could have fewer village centers. When Reston was planned in the early 1960s, supermarkets were about 15,000 square feet, he said. Today, they are more than 100,000 square feet.Which, if you've walked by Tall Oaks
“Since we were planning for 80,000 people, we planned for seven village centers and one town center,” said Simon. “We don’t need all of them. But I do think each village center should have a plaza.”
Other than that bombshell, the meeting was, as predicted, heavy on process and light on specifics. However, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins did have this to say about redevelopment, as our Reston Now BFFs point out:
As far as neighborhood redevelopment, Hudgins said “99 percent of what is here is what it is.” However, it is not impossible for neighborhoods to be part of a redevelopment proposal if 75 percent of owners petitioned in favor of it.Meanwhile. the folks at the Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners (ARCH) have joined the dull roar of those complaining that the process is not even as representative as the first phase of the Master Plan, which received a "D" grade from the Reston Citizens Association:
ARCH’s contention is that so much of the success of not only Reston’s past development and high standards of design but also of our recent Reston Master Plan Special Study effort is directly attributable to processes established whereby RESTON residents, RESTON community leaders, and RESTON developers and stakeholders have been charged with the responsibility and authority to CREATE, OVERSEE, and APPROVE the vision, standards and goals necessary to support past and future planning, development and growth.Maybe they should fill out a form or something.
ARCH believes that similar entities, processes and authorities should also be true for the future development and growth of those areas relevant to Phase II of the Reston Master Plan Special Study.
Our opinion is that the goal for future Village Center development should be the establishment of a vision that ensures the future financial viability of each and creates environments that excite people to come together to establish and sustain long-term relationships, and to form that special sense of community so essential and characteristic to Reston’s past development and character. With regard to the Village Centers, one size doesn’t fit all. One center may require more residential; another retail or commercial development, and another the creation of open space to achieve the vision.
Photos courtesy of Confidential Restonian Operative "Joel."