Turns out it's not just Bob Simon who is calling the proposal to redevelop the Tall Oaks
Stucco Wasteland Village Center a "missed opportunity." Now an online petition is circulating asking county and RA officials to demand that Tall Oaks remain a village center.
Give us the requisite blockquote, anonymous Concerned Residents of Tall Oaks:
WE ALL WANT DEVELOPMENT at Tall Oaks, but it needs to be SMART and BALANCED. The current plan for the re-development of Tall Oaks is to basically create a new cluster... Tall Oaks community needs and deserves a Village Center with retail that we can walk to and green space where the community can gather. A balance of residential and retail in a plaza-like setting would be a good compromise.You mean 5,000 square feet of open space isn't enough? That's 300 square feet more than a single regulation basketball court (of which there will be none). Plenty of room to
In similar fashion, the planned 8,500 square feet of retail sounds pretty good -- at least until you realize that the handful of remaining businesses in the virtually empty stucco strip mall occupy more than twice that amount--nearly 20,000 square feet, according to the group, which cited occupancy figures from the center's new owner, Jefferson Apartment Group.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 50 people had signed the change.org petition, which is directed at Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and RA CEO Cate Fulkerton.
With even Simon agreeing that Reston doesn't need all its current village centers, we're pretty sure we've seen our last grocery store in Tall Oaks. Pretty much anything would be an improvement over empty stucco and a deserted parking lot. But perhaps the developer, the RA, and county officials can work together to come up with a plan that's a little less cluster-like, a little more open to the larger community, and a little more Reston-y. Crazier things have happened!