RTCN Redevelopment Moves Forward
Sept. 25, 2015
For Immediate Release
Reston Town Center North Redevelopment Moves Forward, an Example of Economic Success Strategy in Action
Fairfax County took another step in turning a 49-acre area north of Reston Town Center into a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood with public services. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, the Board of Supervisors signed off on an agreement with Inova to pursue the joint rezoning of most of the site. Both the county and Inova own a patchwork of properties that form the area known as Reston Town Center North. The county and Inova intend to work toward a one-for-one land swap to create cohesive blocks with local street grid consistent with a Comprehensive Plan Amendment adopted by the Board in Feb. 2014.
The area is currently home to the Reston Library, Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston Police Station, North County Governmental Center, and North County Human Services Building, along with Inova’s Sunrise Assisted Living Facility, Emergency Care Center and vacated Cameron Glen Rehab Center. The county’s vision calls for improving the current county services at this site, integrating them into a new mixed-use community with housing, shops, restaurants and a publicly-accessible central green open space.
By redeveloping and integrating the public uses into a mixed-use environment, the county is carrying out its Economic Success Plan and the goal of creating places where people want to be, invest in natural and physical infrastructure, further diversify our tax base and economy, and promote education and social equity.
County leaders are working with the community to refine the county’s objectives for the site. In addition to redeveloping the existing county facilities, other possible public uses could include transitional housing for people moving out of the shelter, additional affordable housing, an indoor recreation center or swimming pool, a performing arts center, and community meeting rooms. The county has established a website for Reston Town Center North which provides additional information including frequently asked questions, and will provide announcements regarding future community meetings.
The county is moving forward with its redevelopment plans in two phases. In the first phase, the county intends to redevelop the 6.65 acres just south of Bowman Towne Drive where the library and shelter are currently located. These parcels, known as Blocks 7 and 8, would be rebuilt into a mixed-use development that would include the proposed replacement library and shelter, as well as affordable housing. Because the acreage that comprises Blocks 7 and 8 is not subject to the land swap, the county has an opportunity to begin redevelopment and improvement of services earlier. The county will pursue a public-private partnership for Blocks 7 and 8, and intends to seek development proposals from pre-qualified applicants in late 2015.
With Tuesday’s approval of the agreement, the county and Inova will jointly pursue rezoning of the property. The parties will negotiate toward a full development agreement for swapping land at the conclusion of the rezoning, building the common infrastructure, and establishing easements. Future development of individual blocks would require separate, subsequent rezoning actions.
Community Benefits of Redevelopment:
- Publicly-accessible open space in the form of a central green
- Expanded library to serve growing population
- Upgraded delivery of human services
- Affordable housing provided for workforce
- Mixed-use development compatible with adjacent Reston Town Center
- Walkable community connected to surrounding communities, Reston Town Center, and public transportation
Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
703-324-8455, TTY 711