Michael Faraday Drive: Residential Development Near Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station

Graphic showing facade of project development.

The hottest real estate in Reston is now near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and Michael Faraday Drive is at the center for development proposals east of the station.

The Board of Supervisors recently approved Rooney Properties plan to build a 283-unit apartment building and 13 townhouses at 1831 Michael Faraday Drive. The 3.8 acre property, which is currently developed with a one-story, 1965 warehouse, is about a third of a mile east of the rail station.

Aerial view of Faraday site.

 

Development on the Wiehle-Reston East Station’s East Side

Aerial map showing adjoining developments to the Michael Faraday Dr. project.

This is the second residential project that has been approved for this area east of Wiehle Avenue between Sunset Hills Road and the Dulles Toll Road. It joins the Lofts at Reston Station that will add 12 townhouses and 32 apartments at 1825 Michael Faraday Drive, which abuts the project to the north.

There is an additional proposal by Rooney for a second housing development on a nine-plus acre property on the east side of the Michael Faraday project. The proposal is for up to 175 apartments and 13 townhouses.

To the west of Michael Faraday Drive, developers EYA and JBG Cos have proposed a 1.6 million square feet mixed-use development at the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road. Offices, apartments, townhouses, stores and an independent living facility are envisioned on the 17.5-acre site.

 

Urban Living in Walking Distance to the Metro

Graphic showing what mews area will look like when development is completed.

As part of its newly approved development, the developer will offer 49 apartments as workforce or affordable housing.  The seven-story building includes a bicycle room and up to 10,000 square feet in ground floor retail. It also features an interior courtyard with a pool, seating and a firepit.

The apartments and townhouses will be separated by a mews, a public green space with a lawn, patio, seating, game tables and sidewalks. This landscaped area will connect to a playground at the south end of the apartment building.

The four-story townhouses will face the mews, and each home will offer private patio space along the green, plus rooftop terraces.

 

Creating a New Street Grid

The development will help to build out the local grid of streets planned for this area of Reston. The developer will extend Michael Faraday Drive, currently a cul-de-sac. This public road will connect to a new private one that will run parallel to the Dulles Toll Road.

The plans also call for extending Reston Station Boulevard along the property’s northern border.

The county’s land use plan envisions Reston Station Boulevard as the “main street” for this area, and the plan recommends that this road connect with Sunset Hills Road and a future bridge crossing of the Dulles Toll Road.

 

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