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 these 7 acres, 3.7 would be designated as public park space. The public park would be located on top of a four story underground parking structure that spans the entire site. A feature of the park would be “oculi”, oval openings which provide natural light and ventilation to the parking garage.
Elizabeth Baker of the law firm Walsh Colucci represented the developers at the meeting, and highlighted the modern, environmentally-friendly nature of the development. Baker pointed to its transit-oriented nature, and also underscored the importance of green space saying, “While sometimes we do developments and we set the buildings and the grid of streets and we try to figure out where the parks can fit in, this was designed specifically to create a very significant centralized park.”
In addition to green space, the development would hold 191 workforce dwelling units (WDUs). These units would be priced at 70, 80, and 100 percent of area median income (AMI). Moving for approval, John Carter (Hunter Mill) pointed to Reston Crossing’s WDUs as another positive sign that proposals for developments along Silver Line Phase II are taking steps to alleviate the County’s affordability problems. “Now we have all of these cases in sync, so Boston Properties which is on the other side of the Toll Road, we have this one, and The Crescent. They are all three reducing the income tiers to 70, 80, and 100 percent of AMI. In this case, 25% will be at 70%, 25% will be at 80, and 50% will be at 100.”
The development now only requires Board of Supervisors approval to begin construction. The Board will hold its public hearing on Reston Crossing on June 25th.