Two years ago as it reimagined the areas around Reston’s Silver Line stations, the county’s new land use plan put 75 percent of future housing within a quarter to half mile from the rail stops.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the latest residential development to make this vision a reality. The action will bring 54 new, urban town homes within slightly more than a half mile from two Metro stations: Wiehle-Reston East to the east and Reston Town Center to the west. This location is about a 10-minute walk from either of the two stations.
The new homes will be built on an almost 3.5-acre site at the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Roland Clarke Place. Located at 11720 Sunrise Valley, the property is across the street from the Reston National Golf Course. To the east, it sits across from the site of the former American Press Institute building.
The property is currently developed with a six-story, office building known as the Reston International Center. Owned by Rooney Properties, the 31-year old office and parking lot will be torn down.
In its place, there will be four-story town homes that will range in size from 1,100 to 1,700 square feet. Each includes a deep garage in the rear that can park two cars.
The homes will incorporate, standard universal design features to allow residents to age in place. This includes step-less entries at the front door or from the garage to the house, 36-inch wide doors on the first level and door handles with levers instead of knobs. Future homebuyers also have the option to pay for even more features that will be made available.
The development also provides a quarter acre-pocket park located north of a private street that will run east to west through the center of the property. The park will include benches, a butterfly garden, public art, lighting and a bike rack.
To help make the connections to the two Silver Line stations, the developers will build six-foot sidewalks along Sunrise Valley Drive and Roland Clarke Place. The plan also incorporates a separate, 10-foot wide path for bicycles along Sunrise Valley.
Because the entrance to the community will be on Roland Clarke Place, the developers have a dedicated right of way for a future traffic signal at the corner of Sunrise Valley and Roland Clarke.