As construction continues on the Silver Line, the area around Reston’s only station so far is quickly moving towards a transit-oriented future.
A new residential project to the north of the Wiehle-Reston East station was approved on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, bringing more housing to this area as called for by our land use plan.
Called the Lofts at Reston Station, this will be the first redevelopment for this area northeast of the station—creating a new urban neighborhood there. The 1.58-acre site is located is at 1825 Michael Faraday Drive, south of Sunset Hill Drive.
It will feature 12, two-over-two town homes and a 32-unit apartment building within a third of mile from Wiehle. The property is currently occupied by a one-story office building and parking lot for the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association.
The Lofts will mark another first for this area — it will begin to establish the local street grid for this area of Reston. Developer Pulte will extend Michael Faraday Drive, and they will build a new extension of Reston Station Boulevard along their property.
This implements the conceptual street grid laid out in the land use plan for this area. Reston Station Boulevard is planned as the new “main street” for the area surrounding Wiehle. This road is intended to connect properties on the east to the station, and the plan envisions this road stretching west of the station to Plaza America.
Pulte also will contribute more than $44,000 towards a future traffic light at Reston Station Boulevard and Michael Faraday Drive.
As the second largest office market in the county, Reston features many low-density, suburban office parks are ripe for redevelopment. We reworked its land use plan two years ago to encourage more mixed use development and housing near the rail stations.
The Lofts join other approved and proposed development around Wiehle.
Under construction now, Reston Station will erect 1.3 million square feet in homes, offices and shops with direct access to the station. The project’s first building is a 448-unit high-rise apartment called BLVD that opened this spring. We also recently approved housing along Sunrise Valley about a half mile from the station, including 54 urban town homes and another 37 at the former American Press Institute headquarters property.