1st Amendment drama and big campaign money in Hunter Mill Supervisor race

Michael Dranove Politics

Comstock Holding Companies came under fire from Fairfax County officials last week after being accused of violating 1st amendment protections on the land it owns directly adjacent to the Reston Metro station.  Controversy stems from Comstock’s decision to allow Maggie Parker—a Comstock employee running for Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman—to post campaign signs outside the Metro station while simultaneously …

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Opinion: Reston, we have a problem

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Reposted with the permission of Greater Greater Washington Reston — the nationally-renowned Fairfax County New Town founded in 1964 — is at a crossroads. While the physical fabric outside the Reston Town Center has changed little over the last two decades, the community’s founding vision of inclusion has begun to slip into the background. In its first 30 years, Reston …

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Planning Commission approves Reston Crossing proposal

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve the “Reston Crossing” development, a 14 acre park-centered development located just south of the future Reston Town Center Metro station. Created by New York based developers Tishman Speyer, the 2 million square foot development would be comprised of 7 new high rise buildings along with 7 acres of open space. Of …

Reston Farmers Market opens 2019 season tomorrow

Michael Dranove Around Town, Taste of Tysons

The Reston Farmers Market returns to Lake Anne Plaza tomorrow after a four month hiatus. Held every Saturday from 8-12, the Market draws around 30 farmers selling produce, eggs, meat, live plants, and freshly cut flowers. The Market began in 1997 with a group calling themselves the Friends of the T.O.M.A.T.O. (The Organic Market At Tall Oaks). After failing to …

Luxury Indian restaurant, ramen bar, and “gourmet dive bar” coming soon to Reston Town Center

Luxury Indian restaurant, ramen bar, and “gourmet dive bar” coming soon to Reston Town Center

Michael Dranove Taste of Tysons

Luxury Indian restaurant Bombay Velvet will become the first of several restaurants to open in Reston Town Center this year, after it opens its doors on April 15th.  Bombay Velvet will be owner Rajiv Chopra’s first foray into fine dining, but not his first foray into the food business, as the chef and New Delhi native owns the fast casual …

It’s official: Google will occupy Reston Station’s trapezoidal building this summer

Michael Dranove Real Estate, Tysons Update

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc announced yesterday that Google has signed the lease at its uniquely shaped 1900 Reston Metro Plaza. Google will occupy 164,000 square feet of the 16-story building, and plans to base 500 employees at the location. Employees will begin moving into the building this summer. Comstock is no doubt elated to be closing the deal with Google, …

70,000 sq.ft Children’s Science Center coming to Dulles

Michael Dranove Education, Real Estate, Tysons Update

The Virginia General Assembly approved a first round of funding last month for construction of a regional science center in Dulles. Working in partnership with the Fairfax-based Children’s Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall, legislators approved $2.3 million for the initial phases of construction. According to a press release, the project will cost around $70 million in total, with Loudon …

Development central issue in Vienna, Reston elections

Michael Dranove Politics

The scope and character of development in Fairfax County is expected to be a central issue of upcoming elections in Reston and Vienna.  In Reston’s Hunter Mill, four candidates have put themselves forward for the Supervisor’s Seat after the incumbent, Cathy Hudgins, announced that she would not be seeking reelection.  The election is coming on the heels of a heated …

Battle over Reston zoning change ends, but the war rages on

Michael Dranove Politics

Opponents of a proposed zoning change that would have opened the door for further development in Reston, celebrated victory earlier this month after local officials deferred decision on the zoning change indefinitely.  The fight revolved around Reston’s unique density guidelines, which limit its number of residents per acre, rather than the more commonly used limits on dwellings per acre.  The …