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Monday, April 20, 2015

Three meetings this week on St. John’s Wood redevelopment proposal

Update:  We've appended to this post the full redevelopment engineering plan and various renderings, drawings, photos, etc., prepared by the developer.

Three important meetings will be held this week on Bozzuto Development’s proposal to raze the St. John’s Wood apartments in North Reston (northeast corner of Reston Parkway and Center Harbor Road) and build new medium or high-density residential on the site:

The Reston Planning & Zoning Committee (Reston P&Z), a local advisory group, will receive a presentation on the St. John’s Wood redevelopment proposal during its monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, 2015.  The Reston P&Z meeting (agenda not yet posted) begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the new North County Government Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston VA.

The full Reston Association Design Review Board (Reston DRB) also will receive a presentation at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  The DRB meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA.  According to the agenda, the presentation to the DRB is informational only; no decisions will be made.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on draft revised Comprehensive Plan text for Reston’s Phase 2 areas (all areas outside the transit corridor and Reston Town Center), including the St. John’s Wood site, at a meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax VA.  (Planning Commission meetings are televised on local Channel 16 and streamed live and on‑demand on the Planning Commission’s web site.)

Last summer, Bozzuto filed applications with Fairfax County government to replace the existing nine garden apartment buildings (250 units) with three new midrise buildings (625 units total) and 34 townhouses.  Occupancy would nearly triple on the site.

In December, Bozzuto made an informational presentation to a joint meeting of Reston P&Z, Reston DRB, and Reston Association senior leaders, where conceptual drawings of the St. John’s Wood project were shared.  At that meeting, the Bozzuto proposal was heavily criticized as too urban and totally inappropriate for a suburban area outside the corridor and village centers, and Bozzuto representatives suggested they might make changes.  Bozzuto’s changes, if any, have not yet been made public, and the meetings on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Reston P&Z and Reston DRB) will be the first opportunity for the public to learn the current status of Bozzuto’s proposal.

In addition, the current Reston Master Plan specifies high density for the St. John’s Wood site, but the county’s draft comprehensive plan text (to be considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday) recommends medium or perhaps even low-density for the site.  (There are differing interpretations of the symbology on the county’s draft land use maps.)  The St. John’s Wood property owner did not submit a redevelopment proposal during the Reston Master Plan review process, but its counsel recently submitted a letter requesting the right to develop at higher density as permitted under the current Reston Master Plan or a site-specific exception for the property.  This letter likely will be discussed at Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, and may provide insights regarding the St. John’s Wood project’s prospects at the county level when the Bozzuto proposals are considered by the Planning Commission this summer.

Status information regarding the pending redevelopment applications is available on the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning site (under Tax Map Number, enter Grid 011, Quad 4, Double Circle 01, and Lot 0012).

Attached below are (a) the proffered redevelopment plan amendment for redeveloping St. Johns Woods and (b) some renderings on what the redeveloped site might look like.  


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