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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rainbows and Rezonings and Woonerf on Condos, These Are A Few Of Developers' Favorite Things

A little late for St. Patrick's Day, a Confidential Herndonian Operative sent us this exciting cellular telephone photo of a rainbow pointing towards our earth-toned Nirvana, just as it should. Looks like the $200 million payout pot-o-gold is hidden under some rezoning documents somewhere on the 13th hole. That hasn't escaped would-be developers with their champagne wishes and midrise condo dreams, to be sure. Give us some good blockquote, BFFs at Rescue Reston:

Developer attorneys are calling Rescue Reston's attorney asking about the history of the legal case... We want to discourage bidding at a development price. The more that we can convince speculators that it will be extremely difficult to change the land use designation, the better the chance that a good steward of the land will be able to purchase it.
Meanwhile, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins issued a fancy press release, on county letterhead and everything, talking about the "very specific process required" to use the property for anything other than golf or open space. But it doesn't say that it can't be done at all!

Meanwhile, we never saw the buzzword-laden language Fairfax County is apparently using to describe the bollardy bushel of transit-oriented goodness on the other side of the Toll Road:

“The plan aims to make [the Wiehle-Reston East] station area an education-focused neighborhood with housing that is well-connected to transit by new walkable streets.”
An "education-focused neighborhood" sounds awesome! Nerds, woonerf, and maybe we'll finally get a full-sized bookstore again, the end.

1 comment:

  1. Turns out you are not too far off. The nearest pot of gold is on the 12th hole. Well, on the other side of the net that shields the day care center. A prospective buyer of the Good Beginnings property wants to build a massive assisted living facility where the one story tot corral now sits. Neighbors (in what must be the ugliest TH cluster in Reston) objected to its girth and sky-blocking height Who says developers don't listen? The revised plan puts the building on a diet, but now offers four stories...about 60 feet from the residences. Being on the south side of Reston and not quite on the golf course, this nutty proposal is safe from RA interest.


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