Statement From Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn:
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) has received an unsolicited proposal and advertised for competing proposals to develop affordable housing and a regional library at the intersection of Bowman Towne Drive and Towne Center Parkway.
The unsolicited proposal aims to redevelop an existing 2.89-acre property owned by FCRHA with new affordable multifamily units for working families, a new Reston Regional Library, and free parking for residents, visitors, and library users. It will also include additional affordable housing located on the surface parking lot used currently by Reston Police District Station officers and staff, as well as a new multilevel garage for police use.
All told as many as 400 new affordable units could be built under this project. Once FCRHA completes their procurement under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA), the proposal will be reviewed under necessary zoning and land use approvals. Partial funding for a new regional library was approved by voters in a bond referendum in 2012. This project would help finance the necessary additional funds for constructing a new library while keeping the existing one open for the community.
This announcement is an exciting step forward for a much-needed new Reston Regional Library and the sustainable and socially responsible redevelopment of Reston Town Center North.