The design of the planned Reston Heights development has undergone an overhaul.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the proposal from developer JBG at a hearing Tuesday, allowing for a complete redesign of a project that was originally approved in 2008.
The 10-acre site at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive is now home to the Reston International Center and a small shopping center.
Under the revised plan, the site can be redeveloped with a 15-story addition to the Reston International Center and four new buildings: a six-story residential building, a 15-story residential building, a five-story building that incorporates a parking garage with residences and retail space, and a 10-story building that mixes office space, parking and retail space.
Tuesday’s approval is “the next step in converting what is essentially a surface parking lot into a high-quality, mixed-use development,” said Benjamin Tompkins, who represented JBG at the hearing.
The revised plan includes one less building than the original plan, rearranges the site layout and adds vehicle access from the site to Reston Parkway, something that was not included before.
JBG has proffered to construct buildings that meet environmental standards, reserve 12 percent of the new apartments as affordable housing, install public art and provide parking spaces for 280 bicycles, among other things.
The project has the support of a wide range of community organizations in Reston.
However, some used the application to highlight the need for urban design guidelines for Reston, like those being used in Tysons Corner.
The lack of these guidelines made it difficult for JBG to construct a safe crossing of Reston Parkway, to access the planned Reston Parkway Metro Station, said Bruce Wright, a Reston resident and advocate for cycling facilities.
“I am very concerned about the lack of a safe, convenient crossing of Reston Parkway,” Wright said. “People are crossing now, and they’re doing it in a very dangerous way.”
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), who represents Reston, said she is also eager to move forward with urban design guidelines for that community, which will soon have its first Metro station when the first phase of the Silver Line opens at the end of the year.