Reston’s first Wegmans will anchor the newly approved 4.1 million square foot Reston Crescent development.
The Board of Supervisors signed off on the massive project on July 31. It stands as the first major, mixed-used development approved south of the Reston Town Center Metro Station.
Brookfield Properties will remake their 36-acre site on the north side of Sunrise Valley Drive between Edmund Halley Dive and Reston Parkway. The property will be carved into eight new urban blocks located a three to seven-minute walk from the rail station’s southern entrance.
The site is currently developed with two six-story offices at 12000 and 12018 Sunrise Valley Drive called One and Two Reston Crescent. These two buildings will be joined by six new ones.
The plan calls for 1.5 million square feet in new office space, 1,721 residential units, a 200-room hotel and 380,000 square feet of retail. When fully built out, the project will total more than 4.1 million square feet, including the two existing offices.
Brookfield also received approval on its final development plans for the first building to be constructed, which includes a 110,000 square foot, urban-format Wegmans.
The grocer will occupy the seven-story building’s ground floor with 380 residential units above, plus 1,000 parking spaces. The building will face Reston Parkway, anchoring the east end of the project’s main retail street that leads to the Metro plaza to the west.
Reston Crescent’s new office spaces will be located in three mixed-use, high-rise buildings closest to the Metro station. Two 32-story buildings closest to the station are planned for 1.2 million square feet in office space, 450 residences and shops.
Another 30,000 square feet of office space is included in an adjacent 20-story building that will also incorporate a 200-room hotel.
Three mid-rise buildings make up the project’s 1.7 million square feet of residential development. Reston Crescent will set aside 15 percent of its units as affordable housing and it will offer a diversity of housing options.
The project will build out a new local street in this area of Reston, along with making it more walkable and bikeable. This includes two new roads that will connect Edmund Haley Drive to Reston Parkway. Six to eight foot sidewalks will be provided throughout Reston Crescent and a new 10-foot shared path for walkers and bikers will be added along Sunrise Valley Drive and Reston Parkway.
To accommodate Wegmans, the developer will build a third, southbound lane on Reston Parkway. This expansion will occur in phases, starting with the section of road that fronts Wegmans.
Reston Crescent will offer 8.5 acres of open space or about 22 percent of the site, exceeding the county’s requirements for green space.
It will feature seven new urban parks. This includes the more than one-acre Crescent Park that’s designed as a central gathering space for the development. This park will offer a large lawn, sports court, playground and shade structure with swings.
The development will also take advantage of two existing stormwater management ponds. They will create a 2.75-acre park around the ponds, making them into a community draw with paths for strolling, seating, landscaping, art and climbable boulders.
Brookfield Properties also will provide a new, full-sized athletic field. To meet its commitment, the company could buy an approximately seven-acre property at the intersection of the Dulles Toll Road and Hunter Mill Road. This land would be given to the Fairfax County Park Authority. Or, the developer may build the field elsewhere in Reston, including on top of a parking garage.
Reston Crescent joins other proposed and approved developments that will expand the urban neighborhoods planned around the Silver Line.
Immediately to the north, Tishman Speyer proposes to transform its 14-acre, suburban office campus called Reston Crossing. The New York-based developer wants to create a 1.9 million square foot, mixed-used community on its property located south of the Toll Road next to Reston Town Center Parkway.
Reston Gateway, also approved on July 31, will anchor the north side of the Town Center Metro station. Boston Properties will deliver 4.8 million square feet in offices, apartments, hotels and retail. This project complements Reston Town Center, also owned by the developer.